Posts Tagged ‘soul rebels’

Video: Tulane Prof. Matt Sakakeeny

March 18, 2011

While Brass Roots seeks to be the definitive oral history of brass band music told by the musicians that play it, we are also on a mission to talk to as many scholars of the music as possible to bring an academic perspective to the rich and engrossing history of New Orleans Brass Bands.

Two weeks ago, we talked to the preeminent academic in New Orleans on brass bands: Tulane Professor Matt Sakakeeny. Prof. Sakakeeny has written a slew of articles on the role of brass band music in the greater cultural and racial dynamics of New Orleans.

Check out this quick video from clips with our interview with Prof. Sakakeeny as he talks about the evolving form of brass band music and its meaning in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Brass Roots News: 3/14/11

March 14, 2011

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.

Other notes:

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!
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VIDEO: The Soul Rebels’ Derrick and Lumar

February 11, 2011

The first band we ever had a chance to talk to for Brass Roots was the Soul Rebels Brass Band. One of the preeminent New Orleans brass band since they formed in the mid-1990s, the Soul Rebels are one of the most innovative and exciting brass bands in the city, continually pushing the genres boundaries with every performance.

We had the pleasure to sit down with with the band over the course of several nights and talked with them about their history – as a band and individuals. Above are the band’s founders and only remaining original members: Derrick “Oops” Moss and Lumar Leblanc. Check out as they talk about their personal histories.