Happy Monday Brass Roots fans!
As you all know, we’re rasing money through Kickstarter.com to finish our documentary! We’re excited to say after our launch weekend, we’re already past 10% of our funding goal! Thanks to everyone who’s been generous enough to donate so far!
Donations come with a variety of rewards including a 5×7 color copy of the picture you see above (and many others) for donating just $20! Any and all donations help!
Once again: Why $20,000? Because we’ve already put in over 18 months and thousands of dollars of our own money into this project and we’re on the cusp of finishing our filming. The money will go to help us travel with some of the bands, fund research (purchasing archived footage and photographs) and pay for a professional narrator.
We also want to donate copies of all of our raw footage to local and national universities and museums so that all fans of New Orleans, jazz, the arts and music can use it as a resource. We don’t want to just make a documentary, we want to preserve this music and the story of the people that play it for generations to come!
The money will ensure that this unprecedented documentary will be done in time for the possibility of being entered into the 2012 Film Festival circuit. We want the world to experience the unbridled joy of listening to brass band music and to learn about the amazing people that play the instruments and Kickstarter is just what we need to accomplish our goals.
So spread the word! The Brass Roots Kickstarter campaign will launch April 1st and will run for the entire month. If we raise more than our goal, we get it all, but if we don’t reach $20,000, we get nothing. It’s as simple as that, please help make sure that this project can be finished. Check out our fund drive promotional video below:
We’ll have even more details as the week progresses and we launch our campaign. For now, check out all the great brass bands you can see live across the country!
(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 4/4/11 —
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 4/5/11 –
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 4/6/11 –
Soul Rebels Brass Band at Wednesdays at the Square at 5:30 p.m. FREE
Hot 8 at the Ron Houston Center for the Arts in Maryville, MO 7:30 p.m.
The Dirty Dozen at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands — THE originators of the modern New Orleans brass band scene, the Dirty Dozen are still the most successful and most popular touring brass band in the country. Check them out whenever and wherever you can.
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.
BTM Brass Band at Mojitos Bar and Grill 9:30 p.m. In New Orleans, there are so many brass bands that even we can’t keep track of them all. As far we can tell, this is BTM’s debut week playing in New Orleans. Sadly, we haven’t gotten a chance to see them yet but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out if you can.
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 4/7/11 –
Dirty Dozen at the Banlieus Bleues Festival in Paris, France
New Birth Brass Band @ Preservation Hall 8 p.m. — Originally an offshoot of Rebirth, New Birth forged a path all their own in the brass band scene with intoxicating street rhythms and street-conscious lyrics. Check them out as they play in one of the city’s most historic venues.
Rebirth @ the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY 9 p.m.
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 4/8/11 –
Dirty Dozen at Muehle Hunziken in Rubigen, Switzerland
Rebirth @ the The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH 8 p.m.
Hot 8 at the Iowa Western Community College Arts Center in Council Bluffs, IA 8 p.m.
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.
Soul Rebels Brass Band at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA at 9 p.m.
Brass-A-Holics @ The Maison 10:00 p.m.
Kermit Ruffins @ Mid City Lanes Rock and Bowl 8:30 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 4/9/11 –
Dirty Dozen at Moods in Zurich, Switzerland
Baby Boyz @ Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse @ 2:30 p.m. FREE
Rebirth @ the The Spot Underground in Providence, RI 9 p.m.
Soul Rebels Brass Band at The Nick in Birmingham, AL at 10 p.m.
Brass-A-Holics at 12 Bar @ 10 p.m.
The Pinettes at The Maison 10 p.m. — New Orleans only all-female brass band, watch these ladies blow as good as the boys and pave the way for a new generation of brass bands!
Hot 8 @ Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse @ Midnight FREE
Lagniappe at The Maison 1 a.m.
Sunday 4/10/11 –
Rebirth @ the Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ 9 p.m.
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.