It’s almost here, that annual bacchanalian throwdown known as Soulard Mardi Gras. They say St. Louis has the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation. We don’t know if that’s statistically accurate, but we know there are always a boatload of revelers ready to drink and dance and show their, um, wares. If you happen to be one of said revelers, look for us at a few different points in the weekend: at the Mayor’s Ball at City Hall on Friday night, on the 9th and Geyer Bud Light Block Party stage right after the Grand Parade on Saturday, wrapping up at the Old Rock House about 6 pm that evening. It’s likely to get a) hectic, b) crazy, c) wild, d) all of the above. Personally, we’d go with d.
The holiday shows are over (thanks so much to everyone who showed up, along with all our special guest artists) and so are the holidays. We’re looking forward to lots of new gigs in the New Year – look over there to the right and you’ll see some of them – along with making new music and new friends. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015 — see you soon on a stage near you!
‘Tis the season, obviously, and if you’re not tired of holiday music by now then we have got some shows for you in the remaining weeks of 2014. First up, we’ll be appearing with the St. Louis Community College at Meramec Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Choir for a different kind of holiday show on Sunday, December 7th. Music starts at 3 pm in the Meramec campus theatre, and this is a free show. On Thursday, December 11th, we’ll cram into the Blues City Deli (2438 McNair) and jam on some holiday tunes from 6 to 8 pm. Cram and jam — sounds like the holidays to us! Finally, the main event, the big Christmas cookie, the holiday honcho — our 6th Annual Holiday Brasstravaganza (and Pajama Party), December 19 and 20 at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue). If you’ve never attended our ginormous seasonal bash, you owe it to yourself, your loved ones and your as-yet-unborn children to represent this year. We’ll have special guest artists from other bands you know, the world’s tallest elves and a visit from jolly old Santa himself. And if you’re REALLY lucky, Adam will be handing out samples of holiday ham from the stage once again this year. The doors open at 8 pm, show starts at 9, and tickets are available here. We guarantee any and all of these shows will be a giant shot of adrenaline into your holiday spirit bank. Please join us, and Happy Holidays from the Funky Butt Brass Band!
As most major news outlets (including Al-Jazeera) have reported recently, we’ve been in the studio for the past few months, working on a new full-length record. What sets this one apart, as far as we’re concerned, is the amount of original material. We will feature NINE tunes penned by and collaborated upon by FBBB band members, along with our interpretations of three more traditional tunes. We’re very excited about creating this new music and bringing it into the world for all to hear. So please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 22, when we will unveil our new record, Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp, at the Broadway Oyster Bar. We’re extremely proud of it, and hope you can join us on November 22 to celebrate its birth.
Those leaves are starting to change their wardrobe, and temperatures grow a little more comfortable every day. Summer appears to have packed its bags, and while it might linger in the doorway for a few last-minute conversations before hopping that cab to the airport, it seems those miserable dripping-with-sweat days might be behind us. Not that it’s been all that bad; this has been one of the more idyllic summers in recent memory. But just because things are cooling off a bit, it doesn’t mean the Funky Butt Brass Band is going into hibernation anytime soon. Au contraire, mes amis — we have plenty of gigs remaining in 2014, including some fun outdoor shows, which are much more enjoyable this time of year. There’s the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival on September 20 (we play at noon, so get there early), and the 10th Annual Blues City Deli Streetfest on September 27. If you live in the St. Louis hinterlands and like good BBQ, come see us Sunday morning, September 28, at the Wildwood BBQ Bash in Wildwood Town Center’s Fountain Square. And if hitting the local wineries is your thing, we’ll be at Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance on Sunday, October 5. Sure, our annual Holiday Brasstravaganza will be here soon enough (December 19-20 at Off Broadway), but for now, we hope you’ll enjoy the cooler temps and colorful leaves as you make plans to come see us soon.
Our itinerary this summer seems unusually weighted toward the state of Ohio. We’re heading to Cleveland to play a friend’s wedding on August 30, and we’ll be appearing on Sunday, August 31st at The Grog Shop in that fair city. If you know anyone in the greater Cleveland metropolitan area, please send them our way that Sunday night and you will have our undying gratitude. As Drew Carey liked to say, CLEVELAND ROCKS!
We had a great time at the Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival over the weekend. The weather was excellent, the crowds were phenomenal and those in attendance were very welcoming and appreciative. Kudos to the crew for making things ridiculously easy for us, especially with a short changeover time. And best of all, there was BBQ, almost a literal mile of it, which made us extremely happy and filled our smoked-meat intake quota for the next month or so. All in all, a short trip, but a very rewarding one nonetheless. We love Ohio — see you at the Grog Shop in Cleveland on August 31st!
We’ve had a couple of weekends off, during which time we’ve experienced all kinds of things — beach vacations, belated spring cleaning, yard work, trumpet player got winged by a stray bullet…you know, the usual. But July is upon us, and things are starting to pick up again. We hope you’ll come check us out sometime this summer, as we have all manner of gigs scheduled in all sorts of places. The patio at Scape, the capitol in Jeff City, amphitheaters in Kirkwood and Jefferson Barracks Park and, of course, our home base, the Broadway Oyster Bar. Scattered amidst these varied venues are road trips to Columbus and Cleveland (we’re big in Ohio this summer for some reason) and maybe a couple other cities as well. We’re playing indoors and out, near and far, but always with the aim to entertain the folks who come out to see us. We hope you will be among them.
As many of you have probably heard by now, our trumpet player Adam Hucke was struck in the shoulder by a stray bullet on June 19. The incident happened as some knuckleheads with guns decided to stage their own OK Corral at the White Castle across from the Broadway Oyster Bar, where Adam was playing with another band. We could make jokes about the perils of playing with other bands or the dangers of eating at White Castle, but this is a serious issue, made even more serious when the theoretical becomes personal. The good news (awesome news, really) is that Adam is OK, and he should be back to drinking Bud Light Lime and wailing onstage in plenty of time for our upcoming shows. This was a random incident that could have happened anywhere, anytime, to anyone — which is the beginning of a rant about current gun laws best saved for another day and another forum. In the meantime, here’s to Adam, who literally took a bullet for his art. GB.
Our 2014 calendar is (knock on wood) nearly overflowing with gigs, but there are still a few dates open. If you have a party or other social gathering in need of some rambunctious, infectious New Orleans-meets-St. Louis brass funk music, best thing to do is get on your handy mobile device and call Talent Plus Entertainment at (314) 421-9400. They’re very nice people who will work with you and quote a fair price for your event. Then we’ll show up and play on the agreed-upon date, your family/friends/co-workers will scream with delight, and everybody goes home happy. That’s the way it usually works out, anyway. Hope to hear from you soon!