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Friday, January 30, 2009

Saturday To-Do: Dirty Dozen Brass Band

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DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
8:30 p.m., Revolution. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.

The Crescent City is known for harvesting its own flavor of swamp-boogie funk, voodoo blues and traditional Dixieland jazz roots. But combine those three and the result is truly original. I saw the Dirty Dozen Brass Band open for the Black Crowes at Robinson in 1995, then at a glorified juke joint-ish venue in Portland, Maine, two years later and this much is true: They'll inject a shot of groove straight into a venue and turn it into a rump-shaking festival. Even though there are only nine members in its lineup, the band sounds like a full-bore marching platoon from the moment it launches into the opening number, which often is the title track to its 1984 debut album “My Feet Can't Fail Me Now.” Established in 1977, DDBB revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop, and has been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands since. If you want three decades of culture, history and badass Big Easy sounds rolled up and twisted tight, make plans for this one. Support act Fundamental Elements opens the 18-and-up show.

—Paul Peterson

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