Funky Butt Brass Band: New Orleans Beat with Saint Louis Heat at the CarbondaleRocks Revival

Funky Butt Brass Band: New Orleans Beat with Saint Louis Heat at the CarbondaleRocks Revival
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Who: Funky Butt Brass Band
What: CarbondaleRocks Revival music festival (Dixieland jazz)
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When: 2016-10-01
One Saint Louis-based band is ready to make CarbondaleRocks Revival audiences shake their rumps to a
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One Saint Louis-based band is ready to make CarbondaleRocks Revival audiences shake their rumps to an infectious beat usually renowned for coming from a bit further down the Mississippi River.

The Funky Butt Brass Band captures the spirit of the New Orleans second-line brass-band traditions with a Gateway City twist Saturday, October 1 on the Washington Street DaVinci Stage.

“We like to say that it is New Orleans brass meets Saint Louis attitude,” as the band’s guitarist and vocalist, Tim Halpin, describes the Funky Butt Brass Band to Nightlife.

The New Orleans brass stylings are similar to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth, and Bonerama, just to name a few. But Halpin says setlists have also shaken things up by throwing in Saint Louis rhythm and blues, Motown classics, southern rock, Memphis soul, and Chicago blues.

Formed in 2008, the band includes Halpin, Adam Hucke on trumpet and vocals, Austin Cebulske on saxophone, Aaron Chandler on trombone and vocals, Cody Henry on sousaphone, and Ron Sikes on drums.

“We just all thought that something like that was missing,” Halpin said of the reason to form a second-line funk band.

In 2009, the Funky Butt Brass Band released their debut album, Cut the Body Loose. The sophomore album You Can Trust the Funky Butt Brass Band came out two years later.

The latest effort, 2014’s Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp, features nine original songs and two New Orleans covers.

Halpin said he has fun making unique music with his bandmates. Part of what he enjoys is adapting music that were not originally recorded or even thought of as New Orleans brass-based songs.

Halpin added that these special elements add to the live shows, help freshen the ideas, and act as a cathartic release for the band.

“Sometimes we’ll just do that, pick an artist or theme and try to center a whole show setlist around it,” Halpin said. “We’ve been working on a Huey Lewis and the News one right now.... We were all Prince fans, so when he died we dedicated a whole show to his music.”

Some songs are easier to adapt than others, but the purpose, Halpin said, is to make it work and add an element of fun.

The Funky Butt Brass Band is looking to record a children’s album and possibly another album during the next year. Halpin added that the band will also work on and prepare for their annual Christmas show, a holiday tradition where the rowdy nature of the band meets classic holiday tunes.

All in the name of fun.

“We just want everyone to have a good time,” Halpin said.

For more information, check out <http://FunkyButtBrassBand.com>.

who: Funky Butt Brass Band

what: CarbondaleRocks Revival music festival (Dixieland jazz)

where: Washington Street DaVinci Stage

 

when: Saturday, October 1