It was definitely NOLA in RVA Friday night at the National. The Rebirth Brass Band took the stage and brought Mardi Gras to Richmond. I love New Orleans jazz and gospel music. I go out of my way to catch a show from Trombone Shorty or the Lil Rascals Brass Band and to have Rebirth, 30 years in the game and the only brass band of its kind to win a Grammy, in RVA…it was a can’t miss show.
Rebirth performed with the energy and skill that makes you understand – there is only one place in the world that could produce this type of sound – New Orleans. New Orleans is the brass band equivalent to Nashville for country music. It’s the place that births musicians with an appreciation for jazz, gospel, swing, soul, hip hop and country – and the city mixes them all together like their signature dish gumbo.
Every Rebirth songs have a classic NOLA sound. The band played tracks from their 2012 Grammy Award winning album, Rebirth of New Orleans and their insanely popular compilation, Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band. They gave a tribute to NOLA great Professor Longhair with their cover of, “Go To the Mardi Gras” and killed their anthem, “Do Whatcha Wanna.” My personal favorite song of the night was their cover of, “Cassanova.”
I was so proud that the crowd at the National was packed with music lovers. I have to admit I was worried the RVA may not coming out in large numbers for NOLA jazz. Again, I was wrong and Richmond proved to be a better place than I could ever imagine.
It was a party baby!