In The Den: Youngblood Brass Band
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 11:00 PM CDT
Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, LA
18 years and over
Youngblood Brass Band destroys convention. They are focused on
creating consistently progressive, acoustic, groundbreaking music,
employing whatever sonic means necessary to do so. This ninemember ensemble hails from all over these sprawled United States
(Madison, WI / New York, NY / San Francisco, CA / Chicago, IL) and
sound absolutely focused on unleashing new music to the rest of the
To that aim, they have been touring throughout Europe and the United
States for the past five years. Having performed in over a dozen
countries and at some of the most prestigious music festivals
– Roskilde, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Glastonbury, Womad, etc.
– don’t expect the band to slow down now. Their breathtaking
concerts secured their status as an incredible group to see live whether
it’s in an intimate small club setting or an international festival stage.
Their debut album Unlearn was independently released in 2000 and
featured collaborations with rapper Talib Kweli (which spawned the
underground smash single “Ya’ll Stay Up”), Mike Ladd, DJ Skooly and
ex-Frank Zappa vocalist Ike Willis. The attention garnered from the
album lead to a record deal with Ozone Music (NYC), the revolutionary
avant-hiphop label that introduced the poetic talents and radical aims
of Company Flow (El-P), Mike Ladd, Antipop Consortium, Mr. Lif and
Saul Williams among others. Their highly anticipated follow-up in 2003
Center:Level:Roar was released to international acclaim and had them
trekking around the globe to nearly sold out audiences everywhere.
YoungBlood are now primed for an even bigger stage with the launch
of their record label Layered Music who have signed an international
distribution deal through All City/PIAS. Layered Music is a division of
their founded Layered Arts Collective based in Madison, Wisconsin
and Brooklyn, New York.
This organization functions as an independent record label, literature
and sheet music publishing company, recording studio and forum for
like-minded artists, students and educators working together to build a
community focused on igniting the local and global populace with arts
and education related opportunities. They have been dedicated to this
work for years, and songs from the YoungBlood catalogue will now be
available as marching and big band arrangement through Warner Bros.
With a brand new record label, flourishing local arts
collective, DIY punk aesthetic, worldwide educational aim,
incredible stage performances and plenty of raging
ambition, YoungBlood Brass Band is poised to become a
torch-bearer for a new kind of artist – one implanted in schools around
the world by the good grace of public radio (their NPR
appearance in 2004 is already the stuff of media legend) and held in
high regard by new music aficionados the world over.