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Biography

Founded by a bunch of trombone players that were fed up with sitting in the back of orchestras and jazz bands, the Po'Boys Brass Band is a 7-piece power house of brass, funk and ROCK. The four-trombone front line produces a sonic explosion of sound that breaks all preconceived notions of what the trombone is capable of. Supporting the trombone powerhouse is a chops-to-spare backline of guitar, drums, and sousaphone...that's right, a funky old sousaphone. The band plays original charts as well as some tasty covers, conjuring up anything from Stevie Wonder and Tower of Power to Led Zeppelin and Edgar Winter. The band's close ties to the great city of New Orleans guides the group spiritually, owing a lot of their sound concepts to the Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama, the Dirty Dozen, Professor Longhair, The Meters, Dr. John, and many more. The band's current lineup of musicians consists of an all-star cast of characters that are all either alumni or current students at the Eastman School of Music, including a radio announcer, country singer, professor, and a doctor (of tuba that is).

Their different backgrounds are what make the Po'Boys such a unique listening experience. Rochester's City Magazine said: "It's like Dumbo on an acid trip. If Hendrix had played the trombone, it might've sounded like this." Whether tearing into some vintage N'Awlins funk or shredding through an original rock-anthem, the 'Boys never leave anyone disappointed, making one critic quip "...the Boys' meaty four-trombone wall of sound and freight-train groove melted my cynicism away." The band's current lineup would be familiar to anybody who knows and loves the great funky brass band tradition of New Orleans. Although the band's choice of instruments might seem odd even for such a genre (4 trombones, guitar, drums, sousaphone, and not a trumpet or sax in sight), the band borrowed the idea from brass-funk-rock pioneers Bonerama. Early on it was apparent that although the instrumentation and original conception was something out of New Orleans, the band's mixture of 7 individuals all with stark contrasting musical backgrounds soon saw the band finding its own unique sound.

The PBBB found success early on, winning the Upstate NY Songwriting Contest in 2008 for Best Song with their Rochester tribute, Garbage Platin'. Early success led to recording their first album, Bone Break, at the Village Gate in summer 2008, followed by tours throughout the northeast. In 2009, the band launched their Education Outreach Program (EOP), aimed toward teaching entrepreneurship skills to music students of all ages. They've given performance lectures and workshops at Penn State, Ithaca College, the Eastman School of Music, and numerous middle school and high schools throughout the northeast. They're also favorites at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, having played every year since 2009 on the Gibbs Street stage. The PBBB has become as much a Rochester staple as a cheeseburger plate with extra hot sauce!

The band released its newest album, Intergalactic Mustache Parade, in March 2011. The title of the album, Intergalactic Mustache Parade, comes from the title of a track on the CD with the same name. The song is written by Chris Van Hof (who also plays trombone in the band), and pays homage to one of the band's major musical influences: Frank Zappa. The Zappa-inspired album artwork, and overall weirdness of the track, serves as the conceptual glue which holds together an album that's about as full of different ingredients as a gumbo pot from the city which the band takes its inspiration: New Orleans.

Intergalactic Mustache Parade demonstrates just how far the band has grown musically. In addition to the funk and rock (they even cover Kansas' Carry On Wayward Son with full arena-rock bravado), you'll find a dash of southern gospel, some ska and reggae for good measure, and even some modern jazz. Primarily an instrumental band, the group dabbles in vocal songs with their first single, Groovebone, featuring Erik Jacobs throwing down some lines while the band ditty-bops through funk and hard rock riffs with ease. Their second single, Sellout, features former American Idol contestant and lead singer of Rochester band Tinted Image, Alyssa Coco. The pop single marks a major contrast from the rest of the album, and shows the band's willingness to go anywhere, trombones in hand.

The band continues to tour and expand its influence throughout the northeastern U.S. and beyond. Their latest tour, Welcome to the Intergalactic Mustache Parade, is set to launch in summer 2011 in support of their new album release.

Trombone? In the back of the band?
Not anymore.

 

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