Get down Bourbon Street style with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

PHOTO PROVIDED The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will perform at the Community Arts Center on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

WILLIAMSPORT — As the November chill hits, head to New Orleans for raucous world class music that will get your blood pumping.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be performing at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Savor bold Louisiana brass as you’ve never heard it before, electrified with a high-octane, eclectic fusion of Bebop Jazz, Funk, Reggae and Soul grounded in a history of community tradition and innovation.

In 1977, a Crescent City brass band showcased at The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club reviving one of a few remaining century-old communal benevolent societies that hosted enjoyable events and provided funeral arrangements for black Southerners unable to afford them.

Traditionally a brass band would follow a funeral procession playing somber dirges until the grieving family was out of earshot and then burst into buoyant tunes while casual onlookers danced in the street.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band adopted the club name and began testing its unique modern style at funerals, parades, barbeques – anywhere it could find an audience. Saxophonist Kevin Harris explains, “The whole idea was to play something different, get into the avant-garde and try to bring that to the streets.”

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has since revolutionized the New Orleans brass genre influencing countless other bands.

They’ve performed at Rolling Stones parties, at major festivals in the U.S. such as Bonnaroo and in Europe, released over a dozen albums and played with legends such as Nora Jones, Phil Alvin, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse.

For more information about the concert visit williamsportcommunityconcerts.org or call 570-505-2485. To learn more about the band visit http://www.dirtydozenbrass.com.


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