It’s no wonder that every time this band puts on a gig the tickets sell out some time before the event. This is not just live music – it is real entertainment, thanks to the energy and relaxed humour on stage, the exceptional musical talent, and the genres of music being played. As might be expected for a band of this instrumentation, the sounds and grooves of New Orleans brass bands feature prominently throughout much of the set. There is also plenty of jazz, blues, funk, Latin American – resulting in a highly varied set, and a captivated audience throughout.
Last night they performed in the Elgar Room at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and a few weeks ago at The Hideaway in Streatham. Both were superb performances, featuring the rootsy talents of guest vocalist Beth Rowley on a few numbers. Both gigs were also recorded, for their upcoming live album (due to be released in October).
The repertoire is a healthy mix of original and classic material, all composed and / or arranged by members of the band, as well as some guest writers. Last night’s set included “Funky Mama” (Evan Jolly), “Happy Medium” (Russell Bennett), “All God’s Chillun’ Got Rhythm” (arr. Sam Bullard), “The Snag” (Jon Stokes) and “Dance of the Sugar Rum Fairy” (Gavin Broom), as well as arrangements of New Orleans classics such as “Bourbon Street Parade.”
On Friday 17th May 2013 they will be performing (and recording) once more at The Forge in Camden – a few tickets are currently still available. Don’t miss out! Full details (and the opportunity to purchase their highly-regarded 2010 debut album) can be found on the Bad Ass Brass website.