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Stooges Brass Band with A Certain Groove

The Stooges Brass Band has been one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans but only recently are receiving the accolades and well deserved recognition of their importance to the music scene of New Orleans. Since 1996, their high energy show on the stage and in the streets has engaged audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats. The Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety across the USA and the world as a full-blown musical party whether leading a second-line parade or performing their spirited stage show.

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Stooges Brass Band: The Stooges Brass Band has been one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans but only recently are receiving the accolades and well deserved recognition of their importance to the music scene of New Orleans. Since 1996, their high energy show on the stage and in the streets has engaged audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats. The Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety across the USA and the world as a full-blown musical party whether leading a second-line parade or performing their spirited stage show. The band is undeniably one of the hardest working bands out of New Orleans, and their dedication to their craft has made an impact. The Stooges Brass Band victoriously battled in the finals for the title of "Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band" under the iconic Claiborne Bridge in NOLA (the subject of a recent documentary). Along with this auspicious title, the band won an all-expenses paid trip for a recording and mentorship session with a producer in the Red Bull Studios in California. You can watch the results of this project here: The Red Bull Studio Sessions. In April 2011, the Stooges Brass Band were awarded the title of "Best Contemporary Brass Band" at the Big Easy Music Awards. The momentum continued in 2012, touring clubs throughout the country and appearing at famed festivals such at Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, headlining the Utah Arts Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, American Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Great American Brass Band Festival, and more. In June 2012, the band was employed by the US Embassy as cultural ambassadors to New Orleans on a two week tour through Pakistan (read more about the trip here). They continued to tour internationally, with a two week tour of the United Kingdom for the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Durham Brass Festival, and more. Whether they're second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing across the country, the Stooges Brass Band immerse crowds in a high-energy, cut loose vibe that's contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of city of New Orleans.

A Certain Groove: A Certain Groove is a different kind of cover band. The band first started as an idea in the head of drummer Matt Souza in the Fall of 2012. The concept was to put together a top-notch group of musicians able to take well-known pop and rock songs and reinterpret them through a lens of classic funk. Veteran guitarist John Jackson was looking for a fun project with high creative potential when he saw an ad on Craigslist that was just what he needed. Jackson quickly brought in funk/jazz bassist Sam Corea to round out the rock-solid rhythm section. The project quickly gained steam when Matt Dzugan and Brian Rosenbaum showed up with brass in hands, playing trombone/sousaphone and trumpet, respectively, forming the staple of every great funk band: a bad-ass horn section. Now all they needed were some pipes. They lucked out when they found Fred “FL” Jones, a charismatic Broadway performer, and Jenay Versey, a soulful singer with music in her genes to handle the mics and run the show. The band played its first gig at Brennan’s Pub in Marina Del Rey to high acclaim and tremendous response. They’ve since wowed crowds at Trip, and will soon be rocking The Mint, Tower 42, St. Rocke (opening for Stooges Brass Band), and will have a featured slot at Burbstock 2013. A Certain Groove prides itself on revitalizing classic jams, fusing them with the soul of funk to create something unique, accessible, artful, exciting, and always hip. Their live shows feature creative adaptations of popular songs, clever mashups, high-intensity jams, and even light-up sousaphones. Their shows are epic explorations of your favorite tunes (from the Beatles to Adele to NIN), guaranteed to make you smile and shake your hips. A Certain Groove will bring a night that you’ll never forget to your club, bar, festival or private/corporate event. For booking please visit www.facebook.com/ACertainGroove

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