PREVIEW: Mardi Gras Brass at The Pour House

PREVIEW: Mardi Gras Brass at The Pour House

The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, NC is bringing a boatload of brass to its stage to celebrate Mardi Gras season on two separate occasions. On Sat February 10th, or “Samedi Gras”, award-winning New Orleans Brass Band The Stooges will be bringing the sounds of the Crescent City to S. Blount St. On Tuesday, Feb 13th, Mardi Gras Day, Asheville based brass-heavy brigade Empire Strikes Brass and Chapel Hill’s Boom Unit Brass Band will be bringing local brass flavor to the scene. If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras season right, spend some time at The Pour House.

Stooges Brass band has melded a traditional New Orleans brass band sound with jazz, hip-hop, funk, and R&B since 1996. Originally formed out of inspiration by Rebirth Brass Band, who was one of the pioneers of what has grown into a “modern” brass band movement, the members of two rival high school marching bands found neutral ground with The Stooges Brass Band. The Stooges bring all the sweat, sin, and soul New Orleans is known for to the stage - and their energetic live performance will make you want to throw beads and throw caution to the wind. If you are really wanting to celebrate Mardi Gras in a New Orleans fashion, second-line with The Stooges.

The Stooges have played with other New Orleans artists like Galactic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Big Sam's Funky Nation, and The Funky Meters - and with a diverse group of artists including Ozomatli, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shemekia Copeland, Pedrito Martinez Group, and Jessica Simpson. They have also acted as ambassadors of New Orleans music on behalf of the US Embassy in Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. From festival stages across the world to second-lines of the streets of New Orleans, and all points in between, The Stooges Brass Band brings a fresh New Orleans flavor wherever they go.

Empire Strikes Brass calls Asheville home, and their approach is far from the traditional New Orleans Brass Band style. Empire Strikes Brass brings a plethora of influences, sounds, and moods to the stage that has you shifting gears along with their diversity. Nearly a dozen musicians belong to Empire Strikes Brass: including 7 horn players, keys, guitar, drums and 3 members tackling vocals with very different approaches. Funk, Ska, Rock, Country, Hip Hop, New Orleans Jazz are all part of what the Empire Strikes Brass performance.  If you cast a wide-net regarding your musical taste, and love a full horn section prominently in the mix, Empire Strikes Brass will take you on a genre-bending musical journey. Local Chapel Hill Brass Band Boom Unit will be adding some of the more traditional brass band sound to the Mardi Gras festivities, getting the party started before Empire Strikes Brass. Mardi Gras day at The Pour House is nothing but NC Bred Brass Bands, keeping local love in a global celebration.

Saturday February 10th



Show: 8pm // Doors: 7pm

$10// Day Of: $12


Tuesday February 13th



Show: 9pm// Doors: 8pm

$8 // Day Of: $10

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