@ The Deaf Institute
Youngblood Brass Band flouts convention in an ecstatic, raucous, incendiary fashion, taking the form of a New Orleans brass band and morphing it into a punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose. The ten-member ensemble, born in Madison, Wisconsin, has been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending worldwide since 1998. What other band can claim the honour of having their music spun by DJs like Questlove (The Roots), working with hip-hop luminaries like Talib Kweli, having their original compositions performed by student marching bands/jazz ensembles around the globe, and still not be out of place at a punk festival? What other band brings together the ostensibly disparate worlds of the trombone geek and the backpack B-Boy?
Two decades deep, Youngblood released a compilation/anniversary CD and 2LP, 20 Years Young (Oct. 2017), which includes classics, unreleased demos, live tracks, and more. The band's new release, Covers 1, drops August 27th 2018, and is being debuted one track at a time until then.
Road warriors to the end, on stages in the worldwide, the verdict has been issued: the band has never sounded so good. Whichever it is...the roof-tearing shows, the educational aims, the small town roots, the no-smirks honesty, the fist-pumping anthems for cool kids and geeks alike, Youngblood Brass Band has become an institution, one that demands to be seen and heard. (Rigorous dancing is also acceptable).
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