Samana gets funky
VAIL – For those who want to kick off the Mardi Gras celebrations early, Vail Village will be the place to be Sunday night as Samana hosts the funky French Quarter sounds of the Rebirth Brass Band.
Formed in 1983 while its members were still in high school, the Rebirth Brass Band quickly became well-known around New Orleans, soon becoming an annual favorite at the Jazz and Heritage Festival. The brass players are tuba player Philip Frazier, trumpet player Derek Shezbie, trumpet player Glen Andrews, Stafford Agee on trombone, Keith Frazier on bass drum, Revert Andrews on trombone, Ajay Mallery on snare drum and Rudy Weber on saxophone. The nine-member band preserves traditional brass band music while dipping its horns into many musical influences and genres. The group’s signature brand of heavy funk has placed it among the world’s top brass bands, and they are the hands-down favorite among the younger generation. Members of the Rebirth Brass Band have performed at virtually every major festival in the U.S. and Europe, as well as with the likes of the Grateful Dead, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. They also did a six-week tour with Ani DiFranco.
“It’s clear that Rebirth, which boasts 10 albums and has traveled the world, is the band to beat,” said Offbeat magazine.