March 16, 2020

WELCOME TO THE NEW NORMAL.

Like everybody, the Funky Butt Brass Band is feeling the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many gigs have been postponed or cancelled, due to health concerns or local stay-at-home orders, or both. It pains us to not be able to play our music for our friends, but it is absolutely the right action to take. The most important thing is for everyone to listen to doctors and medical experts, take care of your health and that of your family, practice social distancing, self-quarantine and act responsibly. We will get through this if we all err on the side of caution. Don’t put the most susceptible folks at risk. Support your favorite bands by buying their music online. Support local businesses by buying gift certificates online — when things return to normal, you can go out and have a good time, and hey, it’s already paid for! Support your favorite restaurant by ordering curbside pickup or delivery. Support the less fortunate among us with donations to local charities and food banks. Most importantly, take care of yourself and the ones you love, and we’ll see you in better times. Love and virtual hugs from behind a mask, at least six feet away!

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January 4, 2020

ONWARD

The days, months and years march on, and so do we. Happy to have made it to 2020 with most of our sensibilities intact, and thrilled to announce the impending release of our latest studio album, entitled Onward. The title reflects the act of putting one foot in front of the other, again and again, and moving forward artistically, personally and professionally. We soldier on over various speed bumps, never truly knowing the destination but enjoying the road to getting there. But enough philosophical stuff — let’s talk about the record! It’s 12 tunes, including seven brand-new originals and five interpretations of interestingly chosen cover songs. We have some very special guests on the album, including rising lap steel star Roosevelt Collier (rooseveltcollier.com) on our original, “Burn,” and the always-inspiring Anita Jackson doing the Blue Lu Barker classic, “Don’t You Feel My Leg.” Helping us out on keys were David Grelle, Al Holliday and Adaron “Pops” Jackson, so you know it’s gonna be soulful and funky. We’re really excited for you to hear it, so we’re hosting a CD release party at Off Broadway at 3 pm on Sunday, January 26th, with the River Kittens opening. Thanks to Jason McEntire and Sawhorse Studios for engineering and mixing, and to Brad Sarno for his mastering mastery, as always. Please join us as we continue to move…Onward!

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December 23, 2019

GOD BLESS US, EVERY ONE!

There’s no way to adequately thank everyone who helped make our first Holiday Brasstravaganza at Delmar Hall so amazing. But we’ll start with our guests — Dave Grelle, Ben Reece, Derick Tramel, Matt Henry, Emily Wallace, Anita Jackson, Big Mike Aguirre, Steve Ewing, Brian Owens, Jerry Jost, Jimmy Griffin, Phil Wright, Bob Bennett, Tim Jordan, Matt Brinkmann and Darren Burgfeld. Thank you also to the merch and decorating committee of Liz, Diana, Catie and Erica. Big ups to Sleepy Kitty Arts for cool posters, and to everyone who baked Christmas cookies. Kudos to the Delmar Hall staff for their production expertise and professionalism, and to Bart Darnell for his video prowess. Last but not least, major gratitude to everyone who came out to party with us — we hope you took a little holiday spirit home with you. Have a happy, healthy, safe holiday from the Funky Butt Brass Band.

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December 9, 2019

NEW HOLIDAY MATINEE ADDED!

Due to overwhelming demand and a quick sell-out, we’ve added an early matinee to our 11th Annual Holiday Brasstravaganza shenanigans at Delmar Hall on Saturday, December 21st. You can get tickets here. Doors will open at 11 am, show starts at noon.

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October 11, 2019

A NEW HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

We are beyond excited to announce a new venue for our 11th Annual Holiday Brasstravaganza — the esteemed Delmar Hall! We will miss Off Broadway, our home for the past decade, but we’re thrilled to have a little more space to put on an even bigger show! Look for more news, including the reveal of our special guest artists soon — in the meantime, get yourself to delmarhall.com and pick up some tickets. Like the holidays, they’ll be gone before you know it!

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August 30, 2019

LET’S TALK ABOUT SAX

The news has been so full of sadness and loss lately, it’s time to talk about something very, very good and positive. We are thrilled to announce that Bryan Fritz is joining FBBB on saxophone and vocals. We were lucky to have the amazing Austin Cebulske holding down the sax position over the past four years, but he has departed the STL, headed to Colorado to get his doctorate. Bryan has played with us sporadically over the past few years (he filled in when Austin did a European tour with our buddy Al Holliday) and not only is he a great player, he’s a great fit for the band. He joined us for the Blues’ Stanley Cup Victory Parade, he’s added some groovy baritone and tenor to our upcoming record, and we might even let him sing a couple of numbers live onstage! All in all, it’s a great addition and we’re extremely excited to move the band forward with Bryan laying down those soulful sax lines. Please welcome Bryan to FBBB!

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July 26, 2019

AND ANOTHER ONE GONE…

Oh, man. Just when we’re starting to come to grips with the loss of such rarefied music legends as Dr. John and Dave Bartholomew, comes the news that Art Neville has passed away. The anchor at keys for the mighty Neville Brothers and the Meters, one of the founding fathers of New Orleans funk music, this is a major loss. Even though he had been in declining health and not playing gigs for some time, he leaves a massive hole in the soul of New Orleans. Fortunately, the music he left us lives on, as do the contributions of his remaining brothers Aaron and Cyril (Charles passed in 2018), his son Ian and nephew Ivan, both members of Dumpstaphunk. Nobody lives forever, obviously, but some losses hit harder than others. Rest in peace, brother Art. Farewell, Poppa Funk.

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June 29, 2019

FAREWELL TO SOME NOLA LEGENDS

It’s been a tough month for fans of New Orleans music. The world lost two bonafide legends and a wonderful singer-songwriter who never quite achieved legendary status, but whose passing is sad just the same. Dr. John, The Night Tripper, or as he was known in his earthly guise, Mac Rebennack, gave us so much amazing music in his inimitable style. He was one of the flag-bearers for the entire New Orleans piano genre for decades. Dave Bartholomew lent his considerable talents as a writer, producer, arranger and trumpet player to help bring Fats Domino into the limelight and form one of the early building blocks of rock-and-roll. And Spencer Bohren, much lesser-known but universally loved, was a talented storyteller and singer who carried his unique folk style and NOLA sensibilities around the world. We’re not a New Orleans band, but the music and culture are in our DNA, and these artists are among those who have influenced and inspired us from the very beginning. They will be missed, but happily, the gifts they gave us all will never fade away.

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June 13, 2019

WHEN FBBB MET STANLEY

We are so proud of our hometown Blues for winning their first-ever Stanley Cup, and very happy that we got to be a part of their incredible run. We played at Enterprise Center before several playoff games, and got to march a group of Blues alumni down Market Street before Game Four in St. Louis. The highlight of that parade was getting a quick photo with the actual cup. And now that cup will reside with the Blues, take place in a historic parade, and live in the memories of every hockey fan in our city forever. It’s been a magical journey — enjoy it, St. Louis!

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May 22, 2019

LGB!

Like 99.99% of the city of St. Louis, we’re very excited to see our professional hockey team ascend to the freakin’ Stanley Cup Finals after a 49-year drought. We cut a brass band version of the famous W.C. Handy tune “Saint Louis Blues” a couple years ago, and are giving all proceeds to the Blues For Kids charity organization (download the song and donate here). And we have been lucky to play before several Blues games at Enterprise Center, and love to help get the fans fired up. They’re probably not going to need our help during the Finals, but just in case, we will be back at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten stage on Monday, June 3rd, before Game 4. Congrats to all long-suffering Blues fans in our town. Win four more games, and we just might have to learn “Gloria.” LET’S GO BLUES!

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