Due to inclement weather, our 8/14 gig at Bobby’s Frozen Custard in Maryville, IL has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 28th, 7:30-9:30 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience, but our weather-controlling machine is in the shop.
It’s not unusual for us to have friends join us onstage from time to time, and our annual holiday show is a virtual cornucopia of guest artists (appropriate for the season). But on August 12th and 13th, we’re going to throw a big ol’ bash at Jazz At The Bistro, billed as a backyard BBQ with Funky Butt Brass Band and Friends. We’re extremely excited to be joined by the inimitable Al Holliday on keys, Phil Wright on harmonica, Derick Tramel on baritone sax, and Bob Bennett on tenor sax. As if that wasn’t enough star power, the lovely and talented Emily Wallace will jump onstage for a few tunes as well. The Bistro will serve up some delicious BBQ-inspired items for dinner along with some tasty adult beverages, all within the confines of the premier jazz supper club in St. Louis. You don’t want to miss this one. Two shows nightly, 7:30 and 9:30, and tickets are available at jazzstl.org.
You’ll see some new stuff at our upcoming shows – a new lineup of super-cool FBBB stickers and t-shirts are coming to the merch table. We hope you’ll pick something up next time you’re within earshot of the band. It’s an easy way to show your support and we appreciate it (and you) very much.
We performed a tribute to the late great artist Prince Rogers Nelson on Saturday, May 21st at the Broadway Oyster Bar (you can check it out on our Listen & Buy page here), and we couldn’t be more grateful for all the folks who came out to share Prince’s music with us. Thanks so much! Special thanks to our soundman Captain Spaulding for his aural expertise, Jake Elking for supplying all the purple keyboard funk, Jon (Cowboy) Courtney for the delicious lighting vibe, and Brett Johnson of the BOB for helping us promote the gig. Most of all, otherworldly gratitude to Prince himself, for providing so much amazing music to the soundtrack of our lives and a spirit that will live on long past his physical existence on this plane. RIP to the Purple One and blessings to all who loved what he brought to the world.
Lots of new gigs are magically appearing on our calendar, and we hope you’ll check them out and make plans to come see us. We’re very excited about the approaching warm weather. learning new tunes, growing with newest members Austin and Cody, as well as the possible arrival of a new record in the not too distant future. Sign up for our email list, and we’ll occasionally pop a message into your inbox letting you know when and where we’ll be. The possibilities are endless. Come share them with us!
The end of 2015 is behind us now, and it’s time to look forward to the year ahead. But we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that the New Year is bringing some changes. Sousaphonist and founding member Matt Brinkmann is moving on, and we wish him the very best. We call Matt “The Quiet Storm,” and he’s been solid as a rock, holding down the low end with incredible precision and great athleticism, without a doubt the hardest working member of the band. He may stand in the back, often unnoticed apart from that gigantic brass instrument he’s holding, but he has been the literal foundation of the band since we began back in 2008. The photo above (by Crystal Rolfe) shows a passing of the torch — or in this case, the sousaphone wreath from our holiday shows — to new addition Cody Henry, who will slide into Matt’s spot in the back extremely capably and well-prepared. We are sad to see Matt go, without question, but we are pumped about the prospect of Cody in the band. And Matt will continue to fill in from time to time, so you’ll likely see him onstage with us again in the near future. But as the near future approaches, we’re excited to see what surprises it may have in store for us.
We’re excited to play New Year’s Eve at our home base, the Broadway Oyster Bar. Come early for a great Creole dinner and stick around as we send 2015 packing with a big brass bash. For reservations, call (314) 621-8811. Tickets are just $15, a mere pittance for the memories you’ll make and the dancing you’ll do.
Last year, we released an original tune (penned by our sousaphonist Matt Brinkmann) called “Because It’s Christmas” that summed up a lot of our feelings around the holiday season. Pretty basic stuff, like treat others with kindness, and why can’t it be like Christmas year round? We liked it so much that we’re re-releasing it — and if you download it here for the low, low price of $1.99 (feel free to give more if you like), we will donate ALL proceeds to Play It Forward St. Louis, a wonderful local charity that puts musical instruments into the hands of kids who can really use them. We hope you’ll take a minute to download our track and help some children in need. And let your friends know as well, because it feels so good to give.
Doesn’t matter. Either way, you’re invited to our 7th Annual Holiday Brasstravaganza & Pajama Party, December 18th and 19th at Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue just south of downtown St. Louis. It promises to be as much fun as the other six Brasstravaganzas combined, with familiar faces and some new ones, too. We’ll announce the full lineup very soon, but like wondering what’s in that oddly-shaped package in the silver-and-gold wrapping paper that makes a funny noise when you shake it, you’ll just have to wait. But bank on extra-special guests, oddball renditions of classic holiday tunes, raffle prizes, slightly off-kilter elves and having your photo taken with Santa Claus himself to support a local charity. Start getting your PJs ready, because that’s the recommended attire for this particular holiday bash. Visit offbroadwaystl.com soon for ticket information, because this party has sold out the last few years. Ho Ho Ho, indeed.
One of the highlights of this not-even-close-to-being-over summer was getting to make another journey to Blissfest, a very cool music festival in Harbor Springs, Michigan (which also happens to be Tim’s hometown). Imagine perfect 75-degree weather, no humidity, clean air and sunshine, then fold in a bunch of incredible bands and artists, toss in some delicious craft beers, cover the whole thing with a mellow hippieish vibe, and you’re smack in the middle of Blissfest. We played two sets to very receptive crowds, and sold more CDs than any other band at the festival. That’s pretty amazing, considering some of the participating talent: Arlo Guthrie, the Way Down Wanderers, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, the Go Rounds, Gangstagrass, Whiskey Shivers, Galactic Sherpas, Leftover Cuties and a whole lot more. We are blessed (blissed?) and honored to have been invited to play, and hopefully we’ll get back many times in years to come. It was also a treat to play with original member Ben Reece again, who made the trip because new guy Austin had a previous commitment. We also played a streetfest in Boyne City, a picturesque little town on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, which was special because many members of Tim’s family showed up, including some cousins he hadn’t seen in nearly 30 years. Despite some economic troubles (the less said about those the better), the state of Michigan is a beautiful place to visit and play, no matter what manner of play you enjoy.