Grand Hallway, Tomo Nakayama's band, recently posted a lovely new song that will be on their upcoming album, "Blessed Be Honeybee" on their MySpace page; his lilting voice is oh so pretty. The band is playing a show at Neumos this evening with Johanna Kunin and Carrie Biell. It will cost $8 and doors are at 8 p.m.
And then there's the Rebirth Brass Band at Tractor Tavern, which costs $20 and begins at 9 p.m.
The Rebirth Brass Band is one of the longest running, most prolific New Orleans brass bands in the U.S. Formed in 1983 by a couple of high school kids, this past May they celebrated their 25th year as a band. Of course, by now they've cycled through 19 members, with a scant two originals in their line-up. Ordinarily, such heavy turnover would make for a stale band that does little more than re-hash old material. The Rebirth players, however, seem to embrace this change by bringing in younger members and experimenting with hip-hop, reggae and funk. When they're not touring, they play a regular night at New Orleans' historic Maple Leaf, a standing gig they've held for the past 16 years. They've done weddings, a few funerals and toured around the globe. But for all this, the vitality of the Rebirth Brass Band is likely due to one simple fact: They are a party band that plays loud, sweaty horn music that makes you want to dance. ERIK NEUMANN