Alvin Johnson, Sr., best known for his famous song, “Carnival Time,” has been a New Orleans Mardi Gras icon for over 40 years. A Rhythm & Blues performer, Al is a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival veteran and has worked with the likes of Aaron Neville, Oliver Morgan, Bobby Lonero as well as (the late) Tommy Ridgley, Jessie Hill, Bobby Mitchell, Eddie Bo & Ernie K-Doe. Al has performed on the “Louisiana Jukebox” TV program and been the star of a highly successful Louisiana Lottery Mardi Gras campaign. Al has also been the subject of numerous articles in Mardi Gras Guide, New Orleans Magazine, Offbeat Magazine, The Louisiana Weekly, The Times Picayune, and Gambit Weekly.
Al’s newest song, the critically acclaimed “Lower Ninth Ward Blues”, appeared in the Oscar nominated film “Rachel Getting Married”, and Al has been honored with induction into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame