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Blues brunches served Sundays at Empire Brewing

No matter how much fun you had on Saturday night, there's plenty more to be had on Sunday morning. If you harbor any doubts, and especially if your head's pounding after Saturday's nocturnal revels, check out the bayou-inspired brunches at the Empire Brewing Co., 120 Walton St., in Armory Square, downtown. Admission is free.

Sunday funday

Not only are the spicy Tex-Mex vittles super-satisfying, the roots tunes by Los Blancos will have you kicking up your heels as you cure that hangover.

The Blancos boys - bassist Steve Winston, guitarist Colin Aberdeen, accordionist Mark Nanni and drummer Mark Tiffault - play for brunch audiences on Sunday afternoons, Jan. 9, 16 and 23.

On the final Sunday of each month, the Super Delinquents, now fronted by Pete McMahon, will fill in for Los Blancos.

Meanwhile, the four dudes perform a cornucopia of American roots music - blues, zydeco, funk, jazz, soul and outlaw country. They cover tunes by artists such as Professor Longhair and The Band as well as offering up well-crafted originals like Aberdeen's "Get Along," Winston's "Backbeat Rhythm" and Nanni's "Changes."

Accordion blues

While the Empire serves Sunday brunch starting at 11:30 a.m., the quartet plays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Los Blancos' faithful fans dig the brunch scene because the versatile Mark Nanni switches from keyboard to accordion, lending a touch of Cajun ambiance to the early-afternoon affair.

"This is a super-cool event," exclaimed Tiffault.

The drummer, who's the beating heart of the band, says the brunches are a perfect opportunity for folks of all ages to bask in the Los Blancos sound.

"It's great fun for the entire family," Tiffault said. "Bring your kids, bring your parents, bring your appetite!"

For Los Blancos info, log on to casablancos.com.

Po' boys and burritos

Perusing the Empire Brewing Co.'s brunch menu makes me salivate.

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