Highways & Byways Series: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The UMHB Highways and Byways Series is proud to present the New Orleans based Dirty Dozen Brass Band, in concert on Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 P.M. in the Baugh Performance Hall at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center.
Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of 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 across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus 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.
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 at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as onlookers danced in the streets. By the late '70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted venue's name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Although this concert is free and open to the public, due to its anticipated popularity, seating is limited and will need complimentary tickets for attendance. These free tickets are available for pick up prior to the event in the Box Office at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center. For ticket information call 254-295-5999 or connect to www.umhb.edu/pac.
Thursday, September 27 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center, Baugh Performance Hall
810 Main St, Belton, TX 76513