New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition.
«That's what we came up under,» says snare-drummer Jenard Andrews of second line bands like the ReBirth, Dirty Dozen and Lil' Rascals Brass Bands. «Now we're trying to take that sound and bring in some new stuff and expand it. We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to interpret a different song for every genre, and make it all our own sound.»
With a founding core of five New Orleans natives, New Breed Brass Band made its street debut as a nine-man unit in November 2013 at the Nine Times Second Line. Since then, they have showcased their originality opening for such diverse bands as The Fray, Red Baraat, Dr. John, The Waterboys, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, as well as competing in the Red Bull Street Kings brass band competition in 2013.
Most of the members have been playing music since they were toddlers and count such New Orleans legends as James «12» Andrews, Troy «Trombone Shorty» Andrews, Topsy Chapman, Karl Leblanc, and Bruce «Sun-pie» Barnes as family members. Honing their childhood experiences playing music with their families, and on through high school marching bands and concert ensembles, the nine members of New Breed are united to one cause: rocking each show and entertaining audiences to the maximum degree possible. The band's strong desire is to be the next heavyweight contender among internationally-known New Orleans brass bands.
Whether performing in their hometown or on the road, New Breed will forever bring the vibe of the New Orleans second-line with them. «We can't wait,» Andrews says of bringing the New Breed sound to stages and festivals around the world. «It's a new breed of music that we'll be bringing to our culture, and we hope to create a new sound for our city in the process.»
Check out their full Great Northwest Music Tour here:
Thursday, August 10 at Edgefield at Little Red Shed
Friday, August 11 at Grand Lodge in Pat's Corner
Sunday, August 13 at Anderson School in Hayne's Hall
Tuesday, August 15 at Olympic Club in the Theater
Wednesday, August 16 at Old St Francis in Father Luke's
Thursday, August 17 at Kennedy School in the Gym
Marking well over a decade of amazing music – higlighted by such acts as the Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim and Sallie Ford –our Great Northwest Music Tour continues to blaze a fresh musical trail with an ever-changing lineup of talent to our historic properties. There is no admission charge to the festivities, and our unique venues offer food, handcrafted beverages and a cozy place to bed down after the last note is played. Every show is an opportunity to visit our hotels and enjoy their offerings, anchored by music from some of the finest regional and national acts. Bring your friends and family and jam to a different artist every Tour!
We've run well over a hundred of these no-cover, all-ages Tours through our hotel properties… join us as we toast hundreds more to come.