October 11, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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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April 24, 2019


When the Funky Butt Brass Band formed in 2008, we were already leaps and bounds ahead of most startup bands, because we had our very own sound man. Charlie “Captain” Spaulding (any Marx Brothers fans out there?) had been running sound for Gumbohead, a band featuring Tim (who had worked with him earlier in a band called Shut Up & Dance), Ron and original FBBB member Ben Reece on sax, for years, so it was a natural transition when we decided St. Louis needed its own New Orleans-style brass band. Over the years, Charlie has brought sound advice (pun intended),  exceptional mixing skills and knack for upgrading his PA equipment at precisely the right time. Not sure how many assorted configurations of sound systems he has, but it has to number in the dozens. Whether it was an intimate club gig, a boomy wedding venue or an expansive concert-in-the-park, the Captain always brought the goods. It’s impossible to count the number of times fans have complimented FBBB on the clarity and effectiveness of its live sound. Well, an era ends on Saturday, April 27 at the Broadway Oyster Bar, when we bid farewell to Charlie and his wife Deb as they pack up the big trailer and head off to enjoy a life of leisure at their new home in Lady Lake, Florida. It will be a sentimental celebration of more than a decade working with the finest sound man around. We’re very sorry to see him go, and we will soldier on with a rotating crew of gifted audio professionals, but we’re so glad to have had the opportunity to work with him. Sail on, O Captain! (Photo by Corey Woodruff)

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March 18, 2019


We’re excited to perform once again at the Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival, an annual event from the folks who make Schlafly Beer here in St. Louis that brings together some of our favorite things: hearty Schlafly stout (we like the Coffee Stout, but they’re all amazing), live music and thousands upon thousands of oysters, served up just about any way you can imagine. Check out the bands who will be entertaining the revelers, and come on down to the Schlafly Tap Room to experience this pearl of an event.

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January 2, 2019


At the risk of sounding like every other New Year’s post on every other website and blog — it’s 2019, and that brings a new beginning and a chance to explore new things. For some, that means getting healthier or dropping old, bad habits. For others, it’s about staying vigilant and being more active with social and/or political causes. For musicians, it’s a chance to find new avenues to put your musical message across, to play with new people and to generally get out of your comfort zone. We are big advocates of all of the above. You may not achieve all your big, hairy, audacious goals (BHAGs), but if you manage even a step toward them, it’s better than sitting still. So here’s to 2019 and all we make of it, individually and (hopefully) together. Happy New Year to all our funky friends!

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December 18, 2018


While that sounds like some dreaded cardiac malady, it actually refers to the joy we felt during our 10th Annual Holiday Brasstravaganza, held at Off Broadway on December 14, 15 and 16. Once again, we are so blessed and grateful for everyone who made it possible and shared it with us: Steve Pohlman and the amazing staff at Off Broadway; our special guests — Emily Wallace, Roland Johnson, Al Holliday, Big Mike Aguirre, Bob Bennett, Sean Canan, Phil Wright, Anita Jackson, Steve Ewing, Jerry Jost and Typewriter Tim Jordan; our stellar guest musicians — Dave Grelle, Ben Reece, Derick Tramel, Matt Henry, Matt Brinkmann and Sophisticated Babies; our trusted sound man Charlie Spaulding, with help from Justin Brown and Kelly Hunziker; the production/lights/snow crew of Bobby Scharff and Joel Okun; the photography talents of Crystal Rolfe, Eric Nemens and Amy Meyerott; the lovely Liz and Christmas Catie who took care of the merch table; and all of you who came out for five fun, holiday spirit-fueled shows and reminded us that love is really what it’s all about. We love you all and will never fully be able to express our gratitude. Thank you for your support. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years.

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