Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Courtesy photo
Note: This event is Oct. 4 not Oct. 24 as was previously published.
SANTA FE — The Lensic presents the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., in Santa Fe.
Celebrating 40 years since its founding in 1977, the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band takes the traditional foundation of brass band music and blends it with genres including bebop jazz, funk and R&B/Soul.
This unique sound, described by the band as a “musical gumbo,” has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour five continents and 30 countries, record 12 studio albums, and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic and Norah Jones.
After 40 years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.
History of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud but antiquated traditions. Social and pleasure clubs dated back more than a century, to a time when black Southerners could rarely afford life insurance and the clubs provided proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands would often follow the funeral processions playing somber dirges, and once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, they’d burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late 1970s, few of the old social clubs and brass bands existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble some musicians as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Sponsors and Support
This event is generously supported by WESTAF. The Lensic Presents 2018-19 season is sponsored by Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc., and Porsche of Albuquerque. Our season media sponsors are Hutton Broadcasting and 95.9 The Oasis.
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center owns and maintains a landmark historic theater in the heart of Santa Fe, is the hub for year-round performing arts and culture, and serves the community through affordable artistic programming (including our Lensic Presents series) and groundbreaking educational programs that touch the lives of 16,000 students each year. For more information about our presentations and programs, see www.lensic.org.