Live Review: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ 9:30 Club — 11/29/18

SisterSparrow Sister Sparrow performs at 9:30 Club on Nov. 29, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

How does such a beautifully soulful and booming voice come from such a small person? That is the question that first entered my mind when Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds took the stage recently at the iconic 9:30 Club.

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Snapshots: NO BS! Brass Band @ Black Cat — 11/24/18

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NO BS! Brass Band performs at Black Cat on Nov. 24, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

It isn’t often when a band covers Tears for Fears and Michael Jackson in the same performance. But such was the case when NO BS! Brass Band took the stage recently at the Black Cat for a raw funk-filled, performance.

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Don’t Miss: NO BS! Brass Band @ Black Cat, 11/24/18

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NO BS! Brass Band (Photo courtesy Paradigm Agency)

Our blogger Ari Strauss caught NO BS! Brass Band of Richmond, Virginia, earlier this year. His reaction: “Imagine legendary drummer and band leader Buddy Rich magically had a love child with funk icon George Clinton. The product would be NO BS! Brass Band.”

Sounds like a good show for the long Thanksgiving weekend, doesn’t it? We’re in luck! NO BS! Brass Band perform at the Black Cat on Saturday, Nov. 24.

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Music Park: Take Me to the River: New Orleans Live @ The Hamilton Live — 10/24/18

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux performs with Take Me to the River: New Orleans Live in a visit to The Hamilton on Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan and Ian Neville, George Porter Jr., and several other New Orleans musical greats recently brought a NOLA party to The Hamilton recently through the Take Me to the River NOLA Live Tour.

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Snapshots: Black Masala @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 10/6/18

BlackMasala_PearlStreetWarehouse Black Masala performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Some bands possess a bevy of talent and personality which cannot be fully appreciated unless seen live. DC-based Black Masala is such a band. The Balkan- and funk-inspired brass band recently put on an energy-packed raucous performance at Pearl Street Warehouse, one of the cozy new live music venues at The Wharf in Southwest DC.

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Snapshots: High and Mighty Brass Band @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 9/7/18

HighAndMightyBrassBand_PearlStreetWarehouse High and Mighty Brass Band performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Sept. 7, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Fresh out of the recording studio, High and Mighty Brass Band began a mini-tour with a stop at DC’s Pearl Street Warehouse last Friday. The band, which hails from Brooklyn, recently completed recording and mastering a new eight-track album of mostly original material in collaboration with Monophonics organist and frontman Kelly Finnigan. The album is due for release digitally at the end of October.

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Snapshots: Trombone Shorty @ Wolf Trap — 8/17/18

VoodooThreauxdown Trombone Shorty performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 17, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The City of New Orleans celebrates its 300th Anniversary in 2018. To celebrate his hometown’s tricentennial, its rich cultural heritage, and its unique flavor of music, Trombone Shorty handpicked an all-star line-up of Crescent City musicians to tour the nation as Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown. The revue brought the spirit and the sound of New Orleans to Wolf Trap on Friday.

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