By Taylor Roberts
“The city of New Orleans has many sounds,” says Roger Lewis of the renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a group synonymous with the NOLA brass band sound. “[The show] brings the different styles of New Orleans music together, whether it’s jazz and funk with us or Ivan and Ian Neville, the blues with Wolfman Washington and a taste of Mardi Gras with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Big Chief Romeo.”
Following the success of the documentary and tour celebrating the music of Memphis, filmmaker and producer Martin Shore brought together three generations of legendary Crescent City talent to showcase the past, present and future of New Orleans music through individual and collaborative performances.
“We all share the love of New Orleans music and it shows on stage,” says Lewis. “You can hear the history in our music, but we also bring in sounds from today and have fun with it.
Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across five continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones.
“Playing with the guys in my band is already an honor every day and to bring the Neville’s into that is a special thing,” says Lewis.
Ivan Neville and Ian Neville, members of Dumpstaphunk and descendants from Neville family bloodlines, are soldiers of funk that ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements.
Also included in the legendary line up is Walter “Wolfman” Washington. His guitar style combines both rhythm and blues, blues, New Orleans funk and modern jazz into a way of playing that is uniquely his.
Part music, part heritage, part ancestry, part revelry and part fashion, Mardi Gras Indians Big Chief Monk Boudreaux head of the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indian tribe and Big Chief Romeo Bougere of the 9th Ward Hunters bring the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian culture and tradition to life.
Whether you’re a NOLA regular or have yet to visit the infamous town, Lewis says the show will transport you there.
“You can look forward to a great night of New Orleans music. A night of dancing, singing and celebrating the sights and sounds of New Orleans. If you haven’t been there, you’ll be taken there for a night, and if you have been there, you’ll be glad to back!”
“I have a saying, that it’s impossible to sit still at one of our shows! Once we start playing, you feel it and you want to dance. And we invite the audience to join us and have a great time, that’s what it’s all about.”
And, for the first time ever, folks who love to stand up and get down can do just that when they purchase special Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets to this show.
Celebrate NOLA with some of the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul and jazz, together on the same stage for a night of unforgettable music! Seats from $20 at LCtix.com.