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Reborn to the Sound of Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band performs at the Maple Leaf Bar (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

My one year anniversary with New Orleans is coming up this month and the relationship has gotten pretty serious. I never thought I could fall for someone so quickly but every day I fall a little more in love with the Crescent City.

For New Orleanians, Rebirth Brass Band is a staple, a music institution that has changed the New Orleans’ music scene forever. For those of you who don’t live here and have no idea who this amazing band is, I will do my best to explain so that through this post you will not only fall in love with them but will also be booking your next flight to New Orleans to listen to them live.

As a new New Orleanian, I am always experiencing new things, trying new places and listening to new music. This week, for the first time ever I heard Rebirth Brass Band live and honestly, it was a life changing experience giving me a new perspective on music and the city. My first experience with the band was on HBO’s hit series Treme. They opened the show with an incredible second line performance that had me wondering, who were these incredible men and man, could they play. Quickly I learned they were the infamous Rebirth Brass Band who have been dazzling the New Orleans music scene for the past 25 years.

Rebirth Brass Band is one of the best representations of New Orleans culture, what it was and what it is now. Committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show, their music is ultimately a creative mix, separating them from the rest and giving them a completely unique but familiar sound. When they play, the energy just explodes off the stage and into the crowd as if possessing the masses. What I found to be the most interesting draw to this colossal band is that their audience is one of the most eclectic I have ever witnessed. Men, women and children of all ages came out to New Orleans’ weekly, free music concert series, Harvest the Music to clap, dance and sing along with their beloved brass band boys.

I encourage everyone who visits New Orleans to try and see Rebirth Brass Band. They play every Tuesday night at the Maple Leaf Bar, ensuring you the opportunity to check them out. It is truly a music experience that will change you forever and have you coming back to NOLA time and time again.

Rebirth Brass Band at Maple Leaf
8316 Oak St.

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