Because of the crappy weather (hooray, flash floods!), Rebirth Brass Band cannot make it down to Portland and are therefore playing another show here in town at the High Dive for $8. If you missed out on last night's shindig at the Tractor because it was sold out, it's your lucky day. Sometimes crappy weather works out in our favor, eh? Show starts at 10 p.m.
In case you need a refresher, I'm reposting Erik Neumann's blurb on these guys:
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