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Spicy gumbo flavor

Big All Lauro calls his brand of music "Bluziana."

"It's gumbo music, a combination of blues, zydeco and jazz," said the New Orleans native who now lives in Nashville. "Our fans call themselves Gumbo Heads."

Big Al is 5 feet 4 inches tall, and his band, The Heavyweights, are relatively slim.

"Nobody's really fat, it's musically heavy," Lauro said. He lists as influences such people as soul singer Joe Tex (Skinny Legs and All), blues singer/guitarist Little Milton (I'm a Lonely Man) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Professor Longhair (She Ain't Got No Hair).

"I took (their music) for granted. We could go see them every night for nothing," he said of his younger days growing up in The Big Easy. Later, he listened to bluesman Muddy Waters in Chicago.

"That was something completely different _ taking the blues and making it electric," Lauro said. His Bluziana mix is a little of everything, he says.

"People are so quick to put a label on all this kind of music, but we don't put a label on our music," he said. "It's blues-based, not zydeco, not jazz, but with that in it."

Besides Lauro on drums, the band includes singer/guitarist Tim Wagoner, bass player Dave Burns and harmonica player Jason Ricci, who comes from Lake Worth.

The group played their own Hey, Hey Mardi Gras on chef Emeril Lagasse's Emeril Live Food Network program and their recording, House Party was named Blues Breaker of the Week on Dan Aykroyd's House of Blues Radio Show four times. Music from their fourth CD, Late Night Gumbo Party, will be featured at the Bourbon Street show.