If you’re in Midtown this (June 8th) evening and you’re hungry for seriously funky live music and perhaps actual food, I highly recommend you hit up B.B. Kings for A Brass Band Blowout. This is really superduper short notice, but it’s well worth the hustle if you’re already around ‘the Deuce’. Three highly creative, brass oriented ensembles that run through and abuse genres will be making sure Lucille’s stays spicy. Videos (a couple of which feature some of the happiest nerdy looking dudes I’ve ever seen) and profiles below.
(Playing the Midnight set!)
“Breakdown Brass is not from New Orleans, and they don’t play New Orleans music. Breakdown plays hip-hop, funk, dub, motown, salsa, afrobeat, and whatever else makes Brooklyn dance floors bump.
The members of Breakdown Brass play and/or record with international artists such as Wyclef Jean, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Streetlight Manifesto, Ikebe Shakedown, Beyonce, the Easy Star All-Stars, The Pimps of Joytime, Blitz the Ambassador, Lee Fields, Snarky Puppy, Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the True Loves, Meta and the Cornerstones, Navegante, The Sweet Divines, Slavic Soul Party, Peoples Champs, and more.”
OUTER BOROUGH BRASS BAND
“Like the unique combination of a Parkway Surf and Turf Po’ Boy, the Outer Borough Brass Band deliciously melds the precision of jazz with the soul of the second line. Blending crisp technique and dirty funk, the band delivers authentic Nola brass band grooves to the boroughs of NYC, augmented by a secret weapon: a barrelhouse piano that puts a rollickingly fresh spin on classic covers and throbbing originals that sound as though they were written 30 years ago. Led by Loyola University New Orleans alumnus Joe Scatassa, the OBBB’s lineup is chock-full of ringers, Crescent City veterans, and NYC mainstays who have logged time with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Bonerama, the Honey Island Swamp Band, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Afroskull, and many others.
After putting numerous unsuspecting hips in motion during its debut on Mardi Gras Day 2011, the Outer Borough Brass Band has quickly ascended to share the stage with the likes of the Rebirth Brass Band, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, the Joe Krown Trio, and many other modern-day titans of New Orleans music. Hold your hanky high because the Outer Borough Brass Band is in town. Get ready to get down.”
“EMEFE has only one intention: to play music that frees everybody in the audience, everybody listening at home, and everybody in the band. The group was created by drummer Miles Arntzen in 2009 to explore and share the afrobeat music pioneered in the 1970s and ’80s by Fela Anikulapo Kuti and carried on today by Antibalas. In the same way that Fela used afrobeat music to confront corrupt politics, EMEFE uses its music to fight the inner authorities that we put on ourselves, each for our own specific reasons.
EMEFE draws heavy influences from the funk music of Sly Stone, James Brown, and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as from hip-hop and neo-soul. Mixed with a rock ‘n’ roll edge, the powerful and exciting EMEFE sound never fails to get audiences jumping. EMEFE hopes to spread awareness of the healing power of music, dancing, and smiling, which explains its reputation as one of the most exciting and engaging live bands in New York. Members of this dynamite band have played with and studied with artists such as Antibalas, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Soulive, Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, TV on the Radio, Tower of Power, Medeski Martin & Wood, and many more. EMEFE – it’s the way!”