2014 MUSIC LINE-UP
Whatever your musical tastes, this year's Music Line-up has something to get you up on your feet dancing. We think we've outdone ourselves this year and hope you'll agree as you're second-lining to sample more of the boiled crawfish cooked by the local teams competing for the Best of the Boil Championship title!
Rebirth Brass Band 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they’ve also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes- stringent competition amongst New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down. Learn more at RebirthBrassBand.com or on their Facebook page.
Glen David Andrews 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
"He is one of the most amazing vocalists alive today -- his billowing baritone is like a horn instrument itself -- and he is an incredible entertainer. He sanctifies, electrifies, hellafies. If you weren't dancing at this show you were dead." Houston Press
The brass band music and traditional jazz on which Glen David Andrews was raised are still his greatest loves. “The musicians that played in my neighborhood, they brought me out of the womb,” he says. According to his mother, Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen came by and blew his horn at her very pregnant belly. Glen David was born the next day. By the time he was 12 years old, he had traded bass drum for the trombone and learned to play from spending time with Tuba Fats as well as neighbors such as “Frogman” Joseph, Harry Nance, Harold DeJean and other local heroes. Soon he was playing for money in Jackson Square. He was recruited into a brass band led by his cousin, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and played in the New Birth, Lil Rascals, and Tremé brass bands, among others, lending equal measures of musicianship and showmanship to each. Now he fronts his own high-powered ensemble that touches on every style of music in the course of a show. “Aside from being a great musician, Glen David has absorbed a fading tradition,” says Ben Jaffe, who runs Preservation Hall, where Andrews performs regularly. “He's a link for his generation to something important, but he also has a rare enthusiasm and energy that makes it all special and exciting for even casual listeners.” Learn more at GlenDavidAndrewsBand.com or like the Treme Prince on Facebook.
Bucktown All-Stars 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Multi-year winner of Gambit Reader’s Poll, ”Best Band That Doesn’t Fit Any Of These Categories” and six time winner of the prestigious Offbeat Magazine Awards, the horn-powered All-Stars’ shows are legendary in the Crescent City. Raspy vocals, rollicking piano, and a corrupt horn section fuel an unorthodox mix of second line funk and Motown soul, the ingredients that have entertained thousands 0f hip-shaking fans across Louisiana for 22 years going. Learn more at Bucktownallstars.com and on Facebook.com/bucktownallstarsmusic.
Robin Barnes 1:30 pm. - 2:30 p.m.
Robin Barneswas able to take on inspiration that encompassed the soulful and insightful musings of Etta James, the fierce stage presence of Bruno Mars and the earnest heartbreak of Adele. By captivating audiences with her unique renditions of songs and a powerful voice that ranges with each verse, she makes each song uniquely her own. Robin is currently a featured performer at New Orleans Saints games, Windsor Court – Polo Lounge, Hotel Monteleone Carousel Lounge and was nominated for Best Female Vocalist at OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. The singer-songwriter released her debut EP, titled Me, on July 10, 2013 that features six soulful-pop songs that include: Rescue Me; Running; What I Gotta Do feat. Jake Smith; In Your Arms; and Pieces. Learn more at RobinMarieBarnes.com or like New Orleans' Songbird on Facebook.com/RobinBarnesMusic.
The Original Pinettes Brass Band 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
The Original Pinettes Brass Band, already enjoyed the cache of being the World's Only All Female Brass Band, but their 2013 Red Bull Street Kings brass band competition win confirmed what so many already new, that they were a force to be reckoned with challenging the male dominated brass band scene. The Pinettes made history, beating out TBC, New Creations, and New Breed Brass Bands, when the judges (Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Offbeat's Jan Ramsey and Stooges Bandleader Walter "Whoadie" Ramsey (2010 Street Kings winners) to claim the winner's title requiring a change from Street Kings to "Street Queens". Formed in 1991, the Original Pinettes Brass Band's members were all born and raised in New Orleans and attended the all-girls St. Mary's Academy High School. Beginning with 16 or more members, the Original Pinettes ended up with not only St. Mary's females but other females around the town. Learn more at OriginalPinettesBrassBand.com or on Facebook.com/originalpinettesbrassband.