Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Visulite Theatre tonight (6/16/2012)

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DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND The New Orleans brass band tradition dates back to 19th century funeral marches, with players blowing dutiful dirges before turning on a dime and busting out the party tunes. Crescent City revivalists the Dirty Dozen Brass Band builds on those traditional tight arrangements. But the addition of steamy funk, deep soul and jazzy swing transforms the old timey field recording ethos into something modern, joyous and powerful. Playing since the '70s, the Dirty Dozen has jammed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to David Bowie, spawning imitators and reigniting a forgotten genre. Still, no one can match their mix of skronky sax, surprisingly soulful trombone, seriously rockin' sousaphone and tribal drums that invoke the ghosts of Tremé. In the hands of these players, the past becomes the future. $15-$18. Visulite Theatre.

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