Soul Rebels Brass band
@ the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
16 November 2011
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Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and
reggae so seemingly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into
a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred
years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you get the Louisiana sound
known as the Soul Rebels. This shrewd crew of college-trained multi-instrumentalists
are forcing listeners to “Let Your Mind Be Free” as
they work It Out” on the dance floor. Their music is utterly
uplifting and hardcore, leaving fans with a myriad of intrinsic
sounds and songs to enjoy.
The Soul Rebels were destined for success. After parading around
the streets of New Orleans in the tradition of the second line and
jazz funerals, the Soul Rebels began their professional debut with
the famed Neville Brothers in New Orleans at the hot spot Tipitina’s!
The Soul Rebels rocked so hard and so strong, they continued opening
for the Neville Brothers and beyond. The bands hard funk groove
has landed them gigs as an opening act for: Bootsy Collins, A Tribe
Called Quest, Better than Ezra, Counting Crows, Green Day, Olympia
Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roy Hargrove, James Brown, Allen
Toussaint, Lionel Hampton, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis,
The Fugees, Digital Underground, The Roots, Brand New Heavies, The
Gap Band, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and many more.
The Soul Rebels have travelled the US and abroad, bringing their
live and uncut rhythms as far as England, Greece, Italy, South Africa
and France. The band has performed at many prestigious music festivals
across the world such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,
North Sea Jazz Fest, Jazz Ascona, Spain Jazz Fest, New Orleans by
the Bay with Bill Grand Management, Ray Charles Jazz Festival in
Atlanta, Banlieues Bleues, High Sierra Music Fest, Charleston Music
and Heritage Fest, River Roots Fest in Iowa, P-Fest in Pensacola,
Voodoo Fest, Bonnaroo, JVC Jazz Fest, Chicago Jazz and Blues Fest,
Lafayette Crawfish Festival, Umbria Jazz Fest, and Art of Jazz Festival
in Toronto, to name a few.
The band’s mission is to nurture and perpetuate the art form
of New Orleans Jazz. So, bring a taste of New Orleans to your festival,
club, or party today with a visit from the Soul Rebels Brass Band.