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City Park, 11AM
Kick off to a 4-day stop on the PGA Championship tour
1112 Mandeville St., 2PM
Talk dreams and crystals
Andrew Jackson Hotel, 4PM
Sleepover ghost tour at the infamous hotel
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 5:30PM
Artists Tara Conley, Rachel David, and Ashley Pridmore will discuss their work
The Orpheum Theater, 6PM
29th annual event
Shrine On Airline, 7PM
Baby Cakes go up against the Omaha Storm Chasers
Cafe Istanbul, 7PM
French film about the 2012 presidential election, following Macron and Le Pen's victories during this weekend's round one
Nola Yoga Loft, 7:30PM
Set intentions for the Full Moon and share a cacao elixir
Carver Club, 8PM
Hosted by the bar's owner Miss Judy Hill
City Park, 4PM
Kiddie crafts, cooking demos, native plant sale, yoga, and more
The Country Club, 5:30PM
Sip and socialize, with complimentary wine and live music
Ashé Cac, 6PM
Story of the creation of the world
Eiffel Society, 6PM
A benefit to aid horses in need
Nola Yoga Loft, 6:30PM
All-levels yoga following by wine and dinner
City Park, 7PM
Annual free outdoor concert feat. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Yes, Yoga., 7:30PM
Celebrate the cycle with visualizations, meditations, journaling, ritual, and group energy healing
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Local faves, feat. Danny Abel Band, Shhh
Sidney's Saloon, 10PM
Celebrate NOLA's nightlife with Garlic Junior, Jassy, and DJ Visqueen
Lafayette Square, 5PM
Feat. Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes
Norman Mayer Branch Library, 5PM
Teen poetry event in blackout poetry of public library books
City Park, 5PM
Feat. Raphael Bas
Black Penny, 6PM
The famous boil across from Armstrong Park returns
Paradigm Gardens, 7PM
Urban farm hosts outdoor dinner, with Ancora Pizzeria
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
Alton Brown live
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Rooftop screening of the Woody Allen classic
Three Keys, 9PM
This month's event features Ashlin Parker Trio
NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM
Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks
The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM
Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest
City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM
Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show
House of Blues, 6:30PM
The 'We Will Detonate!' tour
New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM
Celebration of jazz music and its influence
Hyatt Regency, 7PM
19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more
Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise"
Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band Makes 30, Celebrates with Two Nights of Music at Howlin' Wolf
The band that Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, calls “hard as hell” and “free as a ray of light” celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend with two shows at the Howlin’ Wolf. Inside and outside the city, people recognize Rebirth Brass Band for its edgy blend of brass, hip-hop and funk that always draws a full crowd.
Founded in 1983 by Philip and Keith Frazier and Kermit Ruffins, the group graduated from performing in their high school band to performing on a national stage. While now the band plays to a primarily adult audience, Rebirth’s initial inception came as a result of a fortuitous alcohol restriction.
“We got a couple of guys together to play at the Sheraton hotel, but they were serving alcohol at the function,” said Rebirth bass drummer and co-founder Keith Frazier, who remembers being turned away from the venue as a result. Under age and instruments in tow, they switched gears to the only place that welcomes underagers, Bourbon.
“We went down to Bourbon Street and played for tips,” said Frazier. The Bourbon street fluke would turn into a summer long gig.
“I can remember the first time playing in the French Quarter,” said Frazier, who can hardly believe thirty years have passed. “It doesn’t seem that long ago. That was a quick 30. I’m looking forward to the next 30.”
Over those three decades much has changed. Not only has their following reached enormous numbers across the US, but they have also opened up their music to a wide range of styles.
“When we first started, we played traditional songs like “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and now we incorporate songs from every genre,” said Frazier. “We play reggae, R&B, funk, traditional; all types.”
Although frequently on tour, the group that once featured Kermit Ruffins embraces its New Orleans roots with a weekly Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf. While turning 30 at the Maple Leaf might have been sentimentally appropriate, the small venue couldn’t hold their ever-growing fan club.
“Since we’ve grown so much Howlin’ Wolf [fits because it’s] probably one of the larges venues and not far from where we started,” said Frazier.
After Hurricane Katrina, the term Rebirth took on a deeper meaning as the city began to rebuild. Despite destroyed neighborhoods, FEMA fallouts and funky fridges, music like Rebirth laid the firm cultural foundation that allowed the city to move forward. Among their many awards, they earned their first Grammy for their 2011 album ReBirth of New Orleans.
Despite their mainstream success, Rebirth remains inextricably tied to New Orleans. The band shares their label, Basin Street Records, with other legendary locals such as Irvin Mayfield, Dr. Michael White, and Jon Cleary.
Basin Street's co founder, Mark Samuels, said the milestone reflects the band's commitment to their craft. "I am amazed as a record labelist that has been working for 15 years that a band has been together for thirty. As someone who has managed and booked and tour managed bands I know how hard it is to keep a band together and that is an amazing accomplishment," said Samuels.
Before hanging up Frazier encourages people to “continue to support live music and the Rebirth Brass Band.”
Friday’s show features the “queen of rare grove,” DJ Soul Sister, and special guests, while Saturday’s show features Jermaine Quiz.
Both nights begin at 10 pm with doors opening at 9 pm.
Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz