Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball Tour featuring
For the 7th year in a row, CEG Presents / NolaFunk - the New York-based event promoter that honors the musicians and spirit of New Orleans - will expand upon its annual Mardi Gras Ball in New York City with the first installment of the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball Tour. Each show will be lead by New Orleans royalty, Kermit Ruffins and his band the BBQ Swingers. Raised in the Ninth Ward and featured on the HBO series 'Treme,' this trumpet player, composer and "unabashed entertainer" (New York Times) embraces the true, swinging spirit of New Orleans. The tour also features The Stooges Brass Band and The Main Squeeze.
Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion.
The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later.
The Stooges Brass Band
The Stooges Brass Band has been a premier New Orleans Brass Band since 1996. While appealing to the emotions of traditional jazz, the brass band uses their hip-hop influence to create a new sound. Their innovative incorporation of hip-hop sound to the traditional styling of New Orleans brass band music has set them apart from other New Orleans bands and allowed The Stooges to develop an extraordinary performance history, including performances with Jessica Simpson and Jadakiss.
The Stooges have toured nationally and internationally in Asia, Europe, and South America. In October, the Stooges Brass Band won the title of Red Bull Street Kings, beating out The Free Agents, To Be Continued, and The Soul Rebels brass bands to win an all-expense paid trip for a three-day recording and mentorship session with a producer in the Red Bull Studios in California.
The Main Squeeze
The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience born within the thriving live music scene of Bloomington, Indiana. Since coming together in late 2009 The Squeeze have managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time. Their first studio offering entitled "First Drops," is a seven song EP released in early 2011 which showcases the broad range of styles and influences that each member brings to the table; from rock to jazz, funk to R&B, and hip-hop to electro.
While their first foray into the studio proved successful, the growth that has transpired within the group since its release has been profound. Their live performances, which fuse soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves, and ripping solos have helped them develop a dedicated and rapidly growing fan base in the Midwest and the East Coast earning them slots at music festivals such as Summer Camp, Equifunk, Big Pig, and GlowFest. Their unique ability to tackle and funkify such a wide variety of music makes each show a unique experience in its own right.
The Squeeze still reside in Bloomington and have been hard at work compiling new music for their upcoming LP which they hope to release in early 2012. With a steady stream of unreleased material being tweaked and perfected at each show, its safe to say that they've have found their groove and show no signs of slowing down. If you've ever wondered whether the juice is worth the squeeze, you should look no further. The Main Squeeze is sure to be hitting a city near you sometime soon, leaving their crowd funkified and freshly squozen.