The Soul Rebels & Bonerama
Saturday, Feb 08, 2014 8:00 PM CST
Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA
18 years and over
THE SOUL REBELS
The Soul Rebels are off to an explosive start in 2013. After riding high from a blowout CMJ Showcase at New York’s Highline Ballroom, packed shows at Austin City Limits, The Soul Rebels returned to their hometown of New Orleans to play as the house band for the nationally televised 2013 NFL Honors Awards Show hosted by Alec Baldwin on CBS Superbowl weekend. How do you follow up a show like that? As only the Soul Rebels can, with three sold out nights at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl and festival spots all the way from Australia to Indonesia . The Soul Rebels are gearing up to bring the party all over the world, to France and the UK and back again! And the party’s just getting started.
The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc – to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. Together with a group of young, like-minded players from all over New Orleans, they formed The Soul Rebels and set out to make their mark on the music they love.
Even in a city that doesn’t play by the rules, New Orleans’ Bonerama is something different. They can evoke vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation in the same set; maybe even the same song. Bonerama has been repeatedly recognized by Rolling Stone, hailed as “the ultimate in brass balls” (2005) and praised for their “…crushing ensemble riffing, human-feedback shrieks and wah-wah growls”(2007). Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown; what other brass band could snag an honor for “Best Rock Band” (Big Easy Awards 2007)? As co-founder Mark Mullins puts it, “We thought we could expand what a New Orleans brass band could do. Bands like Dirty Dozen started the “anything goes” concept, bringing in the guitars and the drum kit and using the sousaphone like a bass guitar. We thought we could push things a little further.”
In May of 2013, Bonerama released their new studio album Shake it Baby. The album marks the band’s sixth major release in their storied 15-year history and includes nine new original songs written by the band’s co-founders Mark Mullins and Craig Klein. Special guests appearing on the album include Dr. John, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), George Porter Jr. (Meters), Dave Malone (Radiators) and Mike Dillon (Les Claypool). Shake It Baby further represents the band’s ever-evolving, unique sound of combining brass, funk and rock with jazz, gospel, blues and even a touch of reggae.