LowDown Brass is bringing Mardi Gras to Chicago!

LowDown Brass Band is making the rounds next week!

The band will be at Metro on Friday February 13th opening for the O’My’s!

On Fat Tuesday (February 17th), LowDown is crashing the House of Blues at 5:00PM and then jumping ov10154897_1027457720602664_1990787156867648591_ner to Untitled for an evening of dancing and brass band blasting!

I am most excited about Dre Day on Friday February 20th at the Double Door.

LowDown will be the featured band, backing up a number of talented rappers who will perform Dr. Dre covers in honor of his 50th Birthday!

Do not miss this one!

And here is some bonus video of The Drastics at last months Simmer Down Series at the Double Door! Notice the tambourine!

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Hollowing Horns

Back in December I recorded some horn tracks on the upcoming Hollows record with Gerald Bailey aka Charles Mantis.

BrooklynVegan just did an interview with the Hollows and premiered their new song “V is For Vulture”. Nice horn fanfare at the end!

The record will be released April 10th via Trouble In Mind Records.

 

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/chicago/2012/03/an_interview_wi_1.html

Hollows–“V is For Vulture”

The Drastics are in the genius club now…what?!

The Drastics received a niced write-up for the brass fest this weekend at Martyrs! The Drastics will be dubbing out on Friday night.

The festival will also feature my other bands Lowdown Brass Band and Black Bear Combo on Saturday Night at Martyrs. That’s a whole lot of horns…

The full weekend line up is:

Friday Jan 13–The Drastics, Environmental Encroachment, B.S. Brass Band

Saturday Jan 14-Lowdown Brass Band, Four Star Brass Band, Sanctified Grumblers, Black Bear Combo

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Glancing at the two-day line-up for Martyrs’ Sousaphenia Festival, it doesn’t appear that more than a band or two is actually going to include a sousaphone amid its ranks. Chicago’s The Drastics haven’t made it a practice in the past, but that hasn’t affected their ability to consistently issue instrumental tracks marked by the influence of Jamaican studio geniuses as well as American soul music. First releasing a long-player in 2005 on Jump Up Records, “Premonition,” the ensemble showed up toward the end of the label’s busiest period and sounded like little in the imprint’s catalog. Chicago’s infatuation with Jamaican music reaches back to the 1980s with acts like Heavy Manners aping a 2-Tone vibe, which was clearly a style influenced as much by then-current pop and rock as it was Caribbean styles. The Drastics, well removed from the culture that helped create the Manners as well as the English Beat, remain a highly regarded if not tremendously well-known commodity. Pulling Dr. Ring Ding and King Django in as guest vocalists for their debut album says a great deal about the musical ability these players tote around. The guitar solo on “Waiting,” from the band’s album of the same name, would sound as natural in the middle of a slow psych workout as a jazz fusion track. It’s that sort of ambiguity that makes The Drastics such an understated act of genius. With Chris Merrill and Anthony Abbinanti holding down rhythm duties on bass and drums, respectively, the remaining players are gifted with the freedom to express whatever musical mode they feel necessary. Of course, minimal grooves beg for some aural experimentation, and in a live setting that might mean any number of things.  (Dave Cantor)

January 13 at Martyrs’, 3855 North Lincoln, (773)404-9494. 9pm. $10.