Barton Ropery Hall hosts Hot 8 Brass Band which suffered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
A distinctive sound can be heard at the Barton Ropery Hall on Saturday (March 2) as part of an eight-date UK tour by a group of musicians from the USA who were propelled to wider prominence in the wake of the devastating 2005 Hurricane Katrina.
The Hot 8 Brass Band found a new legion of fans who caught on to the mix of traditional marching music, hip hop, and R&B.
Spokeswoman Liz Bennet said she was delighted the band would be playing at the Maltkiln Road venue.
“No outfit has done more than the Hot 8 to recast the long tradition of New Orleans marching music for modern times,” she said.
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“The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night.
“The band that blends hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with a traditional New Orleans brass sounds and I’m sure they will inject more than a little sunshine into our lives.”
Founded by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook in 1995, the band has played in traditional Second Line parades hosted each Sunday by a Social Aid and Pleasure Club ever since. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes the Hot 8 special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns.
The members of the Hot 8 were all born and raised in New Orleans; many of them began playing together in high school. In 1995 they came together and began playing traditional New Orleans brass band music professionally.
But the band, like all of New Orleans, has had its share of tragedy in the aftermath of Katrina. In addition to displacement caused by the storm and subsequent violence and uncertainty three members of the band "lost their lives through handgun violence on the city streets."
In response to these tragic setbacks, The Hot 8 Brass Band recommitted itself to bringing people together through their unique brand of music to celebrate, to heal and to learn.
The band performance, which is a standing only gig, starts at 8pm and tickets, which cost £12.50 in advance or £14 on the door, can be booked at the Craft Gallery or by telephoning 01652 660380.