Zero Gravity Presents
Treme Brass Band
w. Gentleman Brawlers
Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ Nectar's
Bar & Restaurant: 5:00pm
21+ $10 ADV // $10 DOS
Treme Brass Band
The Treme Brass Band lives and breathes New Orleans traditions. The band often leads jazz funerals and ‘second line’ street parades. They’ve been featured on the HBO series Treme and in Spike Lee’s documentaries about Hurricane Katrina.
Late Wednesday nights, you can find the band jamming at a down-home joint in New Orleans called the Candlelight Lounge. It’s packed with new TV fans and loyal locals. “They fabulous, they wonderful,” says Buster Andrews, 37. “Old Treme neighborhood band been around here all my life.”
A funky mix of both seasoned and younger musicians rotate in and out of the band, led by 67-year-old snare drummer Benny Jones, Sr. His band has helped to keep alive a New Orleans brass band tradition that began at the turn of the last century. “Still need somebody to do the traditional music so we can pass that to the younger generation,” says Jones. “Somebody got to hold that spot down.”
That includes leading dancers through the streets to mourn and celebrate. The band stays rooted in the customs of an earlier era, such as a dress code. “Sound good, look good,” says Jones. “My band always had the black pants, white shirts, ties, coats. That’s a New Orleans tradition. What the older bands did years ago.”
The Treme Brass Band has been a training ground for other musicians. Sam Williams, who now has his own funk band, says, “If you haven’t played with the Treme, [you] don’t know what’s up.”
Described as “mesmerizing…with their slick musical chemistry” at WNYC’s The Greene Space and called ”a virtuoso live band, grooving together like a beautifully engineered machine” by veteran BBC journalist Tom Robinson, the Gentleman Brawlers pen slick, often humorous funk & disco-based songs—with focused lyrics and radically tweaked synth patches.
A Brooklyn 6-Piece fronted by the creative duo Matt Walsh and Becca Fox, the ‘Brawlers deliver a live show with plenty of heat, crackling energy, and butt-shaking whomp. Formed in 2011, the group consists of Becca Fox (vocals/keys), “Chatty Matty” Walsh (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Warren (drums), Trevor Brown (bass), Oskar Stenmark (trumpet), and Xavier Del Castillo (saxophone). While working on the tracks for their next full-length LP (due October 2022), the ‘Brawlers have honed their live show on college campuses and the festival circuit.
Notable performances took place at Brooklyn Bowl (opened for Grammy award-winning artists Fantastic Negrito and Los Amigos Invisibles), Daryl’s House, Princeton University’s storied Terrace F. Club, Bethlehem’s Musikfest, WNYC’s The Greene Space, The McKittrick Hotel (home of Sleep No More), Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, and recently an in-studio appearance on WBEZ Chicago (home of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me and This American Life).