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I ♡ Brass Bands

March 28, 2012

In 2008, I spent a week in New Orleans with an amazing friend who gave me the full tour of everything Nola had to offer whether it was Po’ Boys, baked clams, Abita beer, a tandem bike to Frenchman street or all the incredible bars, clubs and the music they have to offer. One of the most amazing gigs she took me to was the Soul Rebels at Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine. Unlike Tipitina’s or The Maple Leaf [both wonderful venues where I was treated to the 101 Runners and Rebirth], Le Bon Temps Roule is a little shack of bar and the musicians just clear floor space – there isn’t a stage.

That night, Le Bons Temps was so packed that the drums, the horns and all the sweaty dancing made it feel like the whole bar was moving with us. You were so close to the band, you were literally enveloped in the music. At the end when the sousaphone player walked through the crowd collecting tips in a jar, you could feel the bass and the boom went straight through you.

With a trombone player for a dad, I’ve always loved a good horn section. A gig that has brass often seems like a luxury, so an entire brass band is just pure decadence. So let the good times roll.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Nick Ronai permalink
    March 30, 2012 6:07 pm

    Can you have real music without a brass section?

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