The Mardi Gras beads have been put away and the stages broken down at New Orleans’ fairgrounds after the latest two-week run of JazzFest. Now, some of that famed Crescent City musical flavor is headed to Leesburg.
This weekend will see two staples of New Orleans’ music scene performing at the Tally Ho Theater—the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Friday night and Cowboy Mouth on Saturday.
Founded in 1977 as the house band in Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. Their special sound, described by the band as a “musical gumbo,” has taken them on tour across five continents and to more than 30 countries. They’ve recorded 12 studio albums and collaborated with artists ranging from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones.
Four decades later, the band’s line up still includes several original members who were part of the city’s famed youth music program, established by Danny Barker at New Orleans’ Fairview Baptist Church. Those include Roger Lewis on baritone sax, Kevin Harris on tenor sax, trumpeter Gregory Davis, and Kirk Joseph on sousaphone.
For those planning to hit both shows this weekend, be sure to save some energy for Saturday night. Cowboy Mouth frontman Fred LeBlanc will not tolerate a sedate crowd as the band brings its version of rock-and-roll church back to the Tally Ho stage.
Formed in 1992, the band saw early mainstream success in the 1990s, with “Jenny Says” breaking out as hit single. While it has recorded 11 studio albums, the bands is best known for its live performances.