Saturday, July 21, 2018

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Spotlight on No BS! Brass Band

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring the No BS! Brass Band, who are returning to St. Louis to perform on Wednesday, August 1 at the Old Rock House.

Coming out of Richmond, Virginia, the NBBB offers their own take on the classic New Orleans brass band tradition, adapting popular contemporary tunes from a variety of genres for the format, and performing their own originals as well. They've released five albums to date, the most recent being Brass Knuckles in 2015, and they've played here in St. Louis several times, including in June 2017 at the Old Rock House.

To help you get acquainted, StLJN has assembled a collection of videos that should provide an overview of their sound, starting up above with NBBB's cover version of Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean," recorded in 2017 in Portland, OR.

After the jump, you can hear their spin on "Everybody Wants To Rule The World," a hit for 1980s new wave band Tears for Fears, as recorded in March 2017 in Richmond.

Next up, it's a track that NBBB released as a single in February of this year, a new version of their original tune "3 AM Bounce" featuring vocals from MC Chance Fischer.

That's followed by a cover of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," recorded in June 2017 at the Grog Shop live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; a full set recorded in February 2015 for the web series Audiotree Live; and the NBBB's appearance on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert" from back in 2013.

For more about the No BS! Brass Band, read this interview with trombonist and co-founder Reggie Pace published in 2017 by the Richmond Navigator, and Pace's 2015 conversation with NPR's "Weekend Edition."

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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