Hey Brass Roots fans, we’re back! That’s right, after a short sabbatical in observance of Mardi Gras, we’ve returned in full force with all kinds of exciting news about our documentary.
First of all, if you haven’t taken six minutes out of your day to check out our time lapse of the incredibly epic Rebirth Brass Band and Papa Grows Funk show we filmed at on March 5 at the Howlin Wolf, what are you waiting for? Click play on the video above and jam out to brand new music by the Rebirth Brass Band!
Secondly, we have all sorts of exciting announcements coming up in the next few days, none more important than this:
Brass Roots has been accepted to Kickstarter! This actually happened a few weeks ago but with all the filming we had to do, we haven’t had a chance to focus our efforts on it.
Well, now that we’re finished with our Mardi Gras filming, we wanted to make the official announcement that we will be launching a Kickstarter donation drive at the beginning of April in order to acquire the funds we need to finish production on Brass Roots. Stay tuned on our blog, Facebook or Twitter for upcoming announcements and instructions on how you can donate to our project.
After filming at the Maple Leaf and Howlin Wolf, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve completed our concert filming of the Rebirth Brass Band. What this means is that we’re moving on to the next band and we’ll be announcing a new set of concerts we’ll be filming in the near future, so stay tuned for that!
Lastly, we’d like to announce the return of the brass band concert calendar. With Mardi Gras out of the way, there won’t be anything stopping us from passing on the latest brass band tour dates and concerts from across the country. Hit the jump to check out this week’s schedule and keep supporting Brass Roots!
(NOTE: an asterisk * denotes a show that happens every week, all shows take place in New Orleans unless marked otherwise and cover prices may vary. This list isn’t perfect, but with your help, it can be! If you know of a show that’s not on here e-mail us and we’ll make sure to mention it!):
Monday 3/14/11 —
Glen David Andrews @ d.b.a. 9 p.m. $5* — An alumnus of the Rebirth and Newbirth brass bands, Glen David is one of New Orleans’ most electric performers. A cousin of renowned Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Glen and his band give New Orleans classics a modern twist.
Tuesday 3/15/11 –
New Orleans Nightcrawlers @ Chickie Wah Wah 8 p.m. — A veritable “All Star” brass band, the Nightcrawlers were founded by New Orleans piano player Tom McDermott and features players from some of the best New Orleans bands including Bonerama and the Dukes of Dixieland Jazz Band.
Free Agents @ Harbor Bar & Grill 8:30 p.m. — Formed after Hurricane Katrina by wayward musicians looking to keep brass band culture alive, the Free Agents have worked themselves silly at second lines and are now one of the upcoming stage shows in New Orleans.
Kermit Ruffins @ Bullet’s Sports Bar 9 p.m.* — One of the founding members of Rebirth, Kermit Ruffins has branched out successfully on his own and grown to become one of the most popular and influential New Orleans trumpeters of his generation. R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe called Kermit’s show as Bullet’s “essential.”
Rebirth @ the Maple Leaf 11 p.m. $12* — THE signature brass band show in the city and possibly the only bar in the country that commands a full house every Tuesday night. A can’t miss show for anyone serious about learning the essentials of New Orleans brass bands.
Lagniappe @ B.M.C. 11 p.m. — In New Orleans, there are so many brass bands that even we can’t keep track of them all. Sadly, this is one of them. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out if you can.
Wednesday 3/16/11 –
Treme @ Candlelight Lounge 9 p.m. $5* — Aficionados of the traditional brass band music will love hearing this band in the heart of the Treme. Led by living legends Benny Jones and Uncle Lionel Batiste these guys are still bringing the jam as well as any of the younger bands out there.
Brass-a-holics @ The 12 Bar 9:30 p.m.* — A brand new band formed by former members of the Soul Rebels, these guys combine funk, hip-hop and traditional jazz music in a way that defies the established conventions of brass band music.
Thursday 3/17/11 –
Stooges @ Hi-Ho Lounge 9 p.m. $5* — The winners of the Red Bull Street Kings brass band competition, the Stooges are rapidly becoming one of the hottest brass bands in the city. Watch as the rock the party on St. Claude Ave. every week.
Soul Rebels @ Le Bon Temps Roulé 11 p.m. $5* — Seeing these guys light up the back room at Le Bon Temps can be akin to a religious experience. These guys rock so hard that the bar had to install a special sound-proof door just to keep the neighbors from calling the cops every time the Soul Rebels play. Need we say more?
Friday 3/18/11 –
Leroy Jones and the Preservation Hall Jazz Masters @ Preservation Jazz Hall 8 p.m. – A disciple of the late, great Danny Barker and founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, catch as New Orleans trumpet legend Leroy Jones plays with the Preservation Hall Band at one of New Orleans’ most historic and intimate venues.
Kermit Ruffins @ Mid-City Lanes Rock n’ Bowl 9:30 p.m.
Glen David Andrews @ The Three Muses 10 p.m. FREE
One Mind @ BMC 1 a.m. — In New Orleans, there are so many brass bands that even we can’t keep track of them all. Sadly, this is one of them. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out if you can.
Saturday 3/19/11 –
Kermit Ruffins @ Mid-City Lanes Rock n’ Bowl 9:30 p.m.
Brass-a-holics @ Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse @ Midnight
Sunday 3/20/11 –
Hot 8 @ Howlin’ Wolf Den 9 p.m. $5* — After years of making their name as one of the hottest second line bands in town and touring through the U.S. and Europe, the Hot 8 have landed a regular gig every Wednesday night at Club Good Times and every Sunday night at the Howlin Wolf Den.
Mainline @ Blue Nile 10 p.m. — Another band formed by members of the Soul Rebels, Mainline combines a brass band set up with modern music to bring a one of a kind sound that shows the versatility of contemporary brass band musicians.
Free Agents @ The Green Room 11 p.m. $5*
Every Tuesday through Saturday —
TBC @ Corner of Bourbon St. and Canal St. 7 p.m. — Staying true to their roots, TBC continues to play on the mouth of Bourbon St. for the multitudes passing by. One of the most exciting young brass bands in the city, listen to them electrify downtown New Orleans every Tuesday through Saturday.
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