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Rebirth Brass Band

Sat., July 26, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Anyone who’s seen a good New Orleans brass band knows that even their best albums can’t match the excitement of their live performances. But if you want to support yourself as a touring act, it helps to make recordings—they give you something to sell at shows, and each release gives music-media types a new reason to cover your group. The veteran players in Rebirth Brass Band are arguably the country’s finest practitioners of this celebratory sound, as raucous as they are skilled, and their records capture an impressive percentage of their onstage energy. They embark on occasional genre exercises, but on the new Move Your Body (Basin Street) those gestures don’t feel forced or alien. The opening track, “Lord, Lord, Lord, You’ve Sure Been Good to Me,” is a gospel stomper with guest vocals by Glen David Andrews, and its funked-up sound doesn’t fall from the Rebirth tree; “On My Way” appropriates a basic reggae template; and the Loggins-Messina AM-radio classic “Your Momma Don’t Dance” makes for a convincing polyphonic brass jam. The one borderline failure is “HBNS,” a stab at bedroom R&B (it stands for “hot butt-naked sex,” as distinct from “hot partially clothed sex”). Rebirth does better with blunt raunch anyway—these are the guys who did “Pop That Pussy” on 2001’s Hot Venom. Whether their sets at these shows focus on new instant classics (“Who’s Rockin’, Who’s Rollin’?”) or dusties from their back catalog (“Rebirth Kickin’ It Live”), they’re sure to tear it up by tapping into durable Crescent City grit. —Peter Margasak $25-$40

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1245 Chicago Ave.
phone 847-492-8860
Rebirth Brass Band


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