Not long after Katrina scattered the New Orleans music family to the winds, a lot of those musicians ended up here in Austin, causing Cyril Neville to comment that “the gumbo has spilled into the chili”.

Which apparently got Soup Peddler owner David Ansel’s gears turning, because he’s turned that phrase into a fantastic fundraiser called Chiligumbo.

Next Wednesday, February 1, at 7:00pm, the Alamo Drafthouse downtown will be debuting the documentary Make It Funky, the story of New Orleans music, featuring interviews, performances, and archival footage from the Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Louis Armstrong, and more.

Live guests will include Ray Benson and Cyril Neville, and director Michael Murphy will be on hand for a Q&A session.

And the Soup Peddler will be serving….wait for it….chili and gumbo.

The chili is veggie, the gumbo is chicken and sausage. I’ve had the Soup Peddler gumbo before, and I’ll tell you, I’m a real picky bastard when it comes to gumbo, but this stuff is some of the finest I’ve ever had outside of Louisiana (except for maybe at my house).

Proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

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