The brass band tradition is one of the most special and definitive aspects of New Orleans culture. There’s nothing like a bunch of horns playing traditional second line, funk or hip hop to get you on your feet, and the Soul Rebels brass band encapsulates that spirit with skill, style and creativity.
Two members of the Soul Rebels join us on this episode of GoNOLA Radio to discuss what they do, how they do it and how it plays into the larger brass band culture of New Orleans. Derrick “Oops” Moss plays the bass drum and is one of the original founders of the Soul Rebels, which originally formed as an offshoot of the Young Olympia Brass Band. Julian Gosin, a graduate of NOCCA, plays the trumpet and has been part of the continued evolution of the Soul Rebels sound.
In this GoNOLA Radio podcast, learn how the Soul Rebels make selections for songs to transform, how they began incorporating vocals, how Cyril Neville inspired their name and much more. Their weekly Thursday night show at Le Bon Temps is the stuff of magic and memories, and is something that every New Orleans visitor and local should do and see at least once. Also keep an eye out for the Soul Rebels playing at New Orleans festivals like Voodoo Fest and Jazz Fest, and for a new album in the making.
For the full multisensory experience, in no particular order, listen to this episode of GoNOLA Radio and watch this episode of GoNOLA TV (below) on the Soul Rebels, not your mamma’s New Orleans brass band.
GoNOLA Radio is a free New Orleans podcast hosted by Sunpie Barnes, Lorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko about the food, music and culture of the Crescent City. Subscribe to GoNOLA Radio on iTunes or download to your mobile device on Stitcher. GoNOLA Radio features music by Cale Pellick.