Brass Roots News: 4/13/11

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Derrick Tabb, snare drummer for Rebirth, is also the founder of the Roots of Music. This non-profit organization provides free after-school tutoring, music classes and hot meals to at-risk New Orleans youth. Elementary and middle-school students take part in this wonderful program that teaches them how to perform in a genuine New Orleans marching band.

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Hit the jump for brass bands listings for the week ahead.

(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. Shows collected from bands’ Web sites and WWOZ FM’s Livewire and If you know of a show that’s not on here e-mail us and we’ll make sure to mention it!):

– Wednesday 4/13/11 –

Kermit Ruffins at Wednesdays at the Square at 5:30 p.m. FREE — 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.” Watch him for free this afternoon in New Orleans’ Central Business District.

Rebirth @ Antones in Austin, Texas 8 p.m. $15-$17

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 4/14/11 –

Survivors @ Preservation Hall 8 p.m.

Rebirth @ Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas 10 p.m.

Stooges @ Hi-Ho Lounge 10 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 RoulĂ© 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 4/15/11 –

Soul Rebels @ Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida 11:45 a.m.

Dirty Dozen @ Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida 5 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.

Hurricane @ Old Point Bar 9:30 p.m.

Rebirth @ the Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas 10 p.m.

Brass-A-Holics @ The Maison 10:00 p.m.

Glen David Andrews @ The Three Muses 10 p.m. FREE

Young Pinstripe @ d.b.a. 10 p.m. $5

One Mind @ BMC 1 a.m.

– Saturday 4/16/11 –

Baby Boyz @ Tulane’s Crawfest 11:45 p.m. FREE

The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders @ Tulane’s Crawfest 3:15 FREE

Rebirth @ the Middle East Nightclub in Boston, Mass. 8 p.m.

Soul Rebels @ Blue Nile 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 4/17/11 –

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.

Storyville Stompers @ St. Anna’s Episcopal Church 10 p.m.

Free Agents @ The Green Room 11 p.m. $5*

– Monday 4/18/11 —

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 4/19/11 –

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.*

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.

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.