Rebirth Brass Band
Rebirth Brass Band
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.
Lula Wiles is a band consisting of Eleanor Buckland, Mali Obomsawin, and Isa Burke. In Paste Magazine’s words, they’re “provocateurs of the best kind, rabble-rousers with the purest intentions.” Of the band’s sophomore album, What Will We Do, Obomsawin says, “we wanted to make an album that reflected, in a current way, what we are all staying up late thinking about and talking about over drinks at the dinner table,” says Obomsawin. “What is everyone worried about, confiding in their friends about, losing sleep about?” In November 2019 the band followed up What Will We Do with It’s Cool, a lighthearted duo of songs in which the band explores the complexities of dating in the digital age, training its incisive, trenchant wit on the new ways we experience age-old feelings of disappointment, desire, and heartache. With It’s Cool, Lula Wiles further established themselves as Americana’s wildcard, unafraid of exploring knotty topics and turning convention on its head.
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm