Music » Critics' Picks

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

11 p.m. Saturday, December 29. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway.



The most interesting brass bands out of New Orleans tread the line between tradition and innovation — perhaps by using, say, sousaphones, trumpets and saxophones to play a Michael Jackson medley. As one of the first brass bands to break out of the South and gain national acclaim, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has tinkered with the formula (to the disgust of many purists) by adding guitars and a full drum kit amid the spit-valves. Last year the band responded to the destruction and governmental ineptitude following Hurricane Katrina by re-recording Marvin Gaye's What's Going On in its entirety, inviting guests such as Chuck D, Bettye LaVette and G. Love to recast Gaye's songs of social unrest and injustice. The album continues the band's twenty-year tradition of injecting the classics with modern relevance.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.