Saturday, August 10, 2013

No BS! Brass Band @ Damrosch Park Bandshell 8/8/13

We were told at the beginning of the Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 that No BS! Brass Band wasn't able to make it to the earlier show they were scheduled for due to travel problems.  I believe that's when it was raining as well, so who knows how many made it.  It was nice that they were around and played in the VIP tent, which is outside and right next to the stage.  It was a good idea to have a brass band play for a little while they get the stage ready for the dancers and orchestra.  They had about 3 or 4 trombones, 4 trumpets and a tuba.  It's hard to say much in a couple of songs with no mics in a large space.  It was fun to get a little more dancing in and I was impressed that the guy had a tuba instead of a sousaphone.  I've seen too many amazing brass bands from New Orleans, I have incredibly high standards.
The go-to horn players for bands from Bon Iver to The Wailers, Richmond, Virginia’s No BS! Brass Band firmly believes that jazz is for dancing and that pop songs sound best on brass. No BS! pays tribute to greats like Mingus and Michael Jackson, and tackles prog-rock favorites like Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” and ear candy like a-ha’s “Take On Me” with “, irrepressible blast[s] of brass and canyon-like grooves” (Spin).

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