Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Fat Tuesday Comes One Week Early in Carbondale!

Dirty Dozen Brass Band:  Fat Tuesday Comes One Week Early in Carbondale!
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Tres Hombres

Who: Dirty Dozen Brass Band
What: N'Awlins funk
When: 2011-03-01
Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Fat Tuesday Comes One Week Early in Carbondale!
Leah Williams Wright

words by Leah Williams Wright

pictures by Michael Weintrob

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has been a major influence on many current New Orleans brass bands by revitalizing the common and continuously pushing the envelope. Now, the Dirty Dozen will bring a special performance Tuesday, March 1 to Tres Hombres-- one week before Fat Tuesday.

The Dirty Dozen began in 1977, when the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans asked Benny Jones to put together a simple brass band for some live performances. That simple house band later grew out of its home base, got a few gigs at other venues, and added more instrumentation, including banjos and marching drums, to become a seven-member ensemble. They also shortened their name to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Jerry Brock, cofounder of New Orleans community-radio station WWOZ, was so blown away by the Dirty Dozen that he went on to record them and play the results on the radio. He also helped to book and promote them.

The band released their first proper album, My Feet Can't Fail Me Now, in 1984, and later followed up with Voodoo in 1987. They released more albums over the years, including 2007's Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, where they played "Every Night About This Time" with Buddy Guy and Joss Stone.

The Dirty Dozen has also worked with formidable talents, including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Doctor John, and the Black Crowes. The band even joined the Colorado State University Marching Band for a halftime performance of "Ain't Nothin' but a Party."

In August 2006, the band released What's Going On, a cover of the classic 1971 Marvin Gaye disc in its entirety. The concept album was developed after the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, and the release date coincided with the first anniversary of the life-changing storm.

The band celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their debut album by reissuing and remastering the work. To go along with the reissue, the band went on tour and performed the album in its entirety, helping the Dirty Dozen dust off some early, forgotten tracks like "I Ate up the Apple Tree" and "Mary Mary."

Plans for another European tour are to begin later this spring, according to the band's website.

For more information, including downloadable songs and videos of past performances, visit <http://www.DirtyDozenBrass.com>.

who: Dirty Dozen Brass Band

what: N'Awlins funk

where: Tres Hombres

when: Tuesday, March 1