Who doesn’t love a good brass band? Especially one from New Orleans. The Hot 8 Brass band takes to what will be a tight stage tonight at The Saint in Asbury Park. The band blends hip-hop,  jazz and funk styles with traditional New Orleans brass sounds and performs covers like Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing. Nice! The Hot 8 Brass Band was formed by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook back in 1995,  the merging of two earlier bands, the Looney Tunes Brass Band and the High Steppers Brass Band. You can usually see these cats performing in second line street parades back in NOLA. 

In addition to their regular US headline shows, parades and community projects, they have played support slots for the likes of Mos Def, Lauryn Hill and Mary J Blige – and also embarked on successful international tours, playing Glastonbury festival and more. They were featured in Spike Lee’s documentary When the Creek Don’t Rise (the follow up to When the Levees Broke which Hot 8 also was featured in) and most recently, HBO included a piece on their story in the acclaimed Treme TV series.

See them along with Woodfish, Moroccan Sheepheards and DJ Ed Spinning Nola Grooves after The Hot 8 Brass Band. $15. Doors at 7:30pm. The Saint is located at 601 Main Street in Asbury Park.


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