For years, much of the New Orleans music community treated hip-hop as the bad cop to the brass bands’ good cop—one suspect; one real music. One sold a ton of records, while the other was treated as true New Orleans music. But the dirty little not-so-secret is that both were street musics, and they influenced each other. Brass band members were listening to hip-hop as much as rappers, particularly bounce artists, were listening to brass bands.
My Spilt Milk celebrates Christmas with our list of the week's best, including a crunktacular with Flow Tribe, Trombone Shorty, Dee-1, Rebirth and Andrew Duhon, Gaunga Dyns, a live reproduction of The Last Waltz, and a Christmas concert at HOB.
“People always move retroactively,” says Travers Geoffray of rhythm-and-blues quartet Mississippi Rail Company. “Nothing is new anymore when it comes to fashion or music.” But Geoffray has no problem with this. Mississippi Rail Company, a soulful, bluesy blend of upright bass, tenor saxophone, keyboard and drums, understands this trend and embraces it with a heavy New Orleans influence. The band plays Jazz Fest on Saturday.
[Updated] New Year's Eve is always an adventure, and in New Orleans it's one accompanied by live music starting at 9 p.m. in Jackson Square. The city's official festivities begin with performances by (in order) Brass-A-Holics, Mia Borders and Bonerama.