Video: Hot 8 Brass Band heading to Barton's Ropery Hall
PROPELLED to wider prominence in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Hot 8 Brass Band found a new legion of fans who caught onto their mix of traditional marching music, hip hop, and R&B.
Now their distinctive sound can be heard at Barton’s Ropery Hall on Saturday, March 2, as part of an eight-date UK tour.
Founded by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook in 1995, the band has played in traditional parades hosted each Sunday by a social aid and pleasure club ever since.
Even more than their boundless energy, what makes Hot 8 special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns.
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The Ropewalk’s Liz Bennet said she is delighted the band are to play at the Maltkiln Road venue.
“No outfit has done more than the Hot 8 to recast the long tradition of New Orleans marching music for modern times,” she said.
“The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night.
“The band blends hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with a traditional New Orleans brass sound and I’m sure they will inject more than a little sunshine into our lives.”
The members of the Hot 8 were all born and raised in New Orleans; many of them began playing together in high school.
The band’s performance is a standing-only gig and it starts at 8pm.
Tickets are £12.50 in advance or £14 on the door and can be booked online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, or by calling 01652 660380.