December 19, 2016

SNOW PLACE LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

Despite some unexpected weather obstacles, like frighteningly icy road conditions on Friday night, we had an amazing turnout for our 8th Annual Holiday Brasstravagaza shows, and another incredibly fun, utterly awesome time. Huge super-sized thanks to our friends who performed with us, some of whom were first-timers: Al Holliday, Matt Henry, Ben Reece, Emily Wallace, Big Mike Aguirre, Eric Lysaght, Jerry Jost, Steve Ewing, Roland Johnson, Phil Wright, Derick Tramel, Bob Bennett, Matt Brinkmann and Miss Mimi Le Uke. Y’all were unbelievable. Thanks to Captain Spaulding and Bart for making us sound good. And to Triple Jam Productions for the outrageous lighting. Thanks to our MCs, Chris Denman and Travis Terrell from We Are Live on 590 for working up the crowd, and to Josh Wattler for doing pretty much whatever we needed him to do. Thanks to Crystal Rolfe, Eric Nemens and Madison Thorn for their photography skills (we’ll post photos soon). Thanks to Steve Pohlman and the staff at Off Broadway for accommodating us and hosting the best holiday party of the season, and to Urban Chestnut Brewing Company for sponsoring the whole dang thing. Big shout-out to drummer Ron Sikes, who missed Friday’s show after spending 7 hours stuck on an unmoving I-55, to percussionist Matt Henry for saving the day by filling in on drums, and to sax player Austin Cebulske for missing Saturday due to what appeared to be a bum appendix. Saving the biggest thanks of all for the folks who braved the elements to join us and showed us so much love and support. You are why we keep doing this crazy stuff. Already looking forward to Brasstravaganza 9. Happy Holidays from the Funky Butt Brass Band.

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