The Bowery Presents
The Soul Rebels

The Soul Rebels

with special guests conga star Pedrito Martinez, Maurice Brown, and Res, The Slide Brothers

Fri, February 15, 2013

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn, NY

This event is 21 and over

The Soul Rebels
The Soul Rebels
2013 was an explosive year for THE SOUL REBELS. After riding high from a blowout CMJ Showcase at New York’s Highline Ballroom, packed shows at Austin City Limits, The Soul Rebels returned to their hometown of New Orleans to play as the house band for the nationally televised 2013 NFL Honors Awards Show hosted by Alec Baldwin on CBS Superbowl weekend. How do you follow up a show like that? As only the Soul Rebels can, with three sold out nights at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl and festival spots all the way from Australia to Indonesia . The Soul Rebels brought the party all over the world, three tours of Europe and a tour in Brazil, And the party’s just getting started.

The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc – to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. Together with a group of young, like-minded players from all over New Orleans, they formed the Soul Rebels and set out to make their mark on the music they love.

The band came to be when LeBlanc and Moss met as percussionists in New Orleans’ iconic Dejean’s Young Olympia Brass Band. The two were steeped in the fundamentals of New Orleans jazz, but inevitably, contemporary styles of music began to catch their attention. “We wanted to make our own sound without disrespecting the brass tradition,” LeBlanc recalls, “so we knew we had to break away.” They found a new direction when they spun off and formed their own band and set out to make the music they wanted to make.

Graduates of university music programs throughout the South, the group took the marching band format they had learned in school and incorporated influences from outside the city as well as R&B, funk and hip-hop – especially through half-sung, half rapped lyrics.

“Most of our originals have vocals,” says LeBlanc. “You wouldn’t have done that in a traditional brass band.”

Soon, the band’s contagious originals and updated takes on standards won them a loyal local audience but it wasn’t until an opening slot for the Neville Brothers that they got a name. Backstage before the show, it was youngest brother Cyril Neville who first called them “Soul Rebels,” and set the band in motion for all that was about to come their way.

Since those days, the band has settled on an eight-piece lineup that can be heard on their international debut release Unlock Your Mind. The Soul Rebels have built a career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in the party like atmosphere of a dance club. Their weekly show at Uptown New Orleans spot Le Bon Temps Roulé has been known to erupt with the kind of contagious, shout-along musical mayhem that the Soul Rebels bring with them wherever they go!

On their travels, the Soul Rebels shared the stage with notable artists from many corners of the music world, including Metallica, Green Day, Maceo Parker, Galactic, Karl Denson, Slick Rick, Suzanne Vega and David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics, as well as billings with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Arcade Fire, Alabama Shakes, Estelle, Seal, Cee Lo Green, and Dr. John among others. The Soul Rebels have been a mainstay at festivals all over the world. From the Bonnaroo main stage and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to Electric Forest and the Antibes Jazz Festival, to recent festival appearances at the Perth International Jazz Festival in Australia and the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta.

2013 saw the release of The Soul Rebels mixtape 'Power = Power'. Premiered by Noisey, the tape includes renditions of songs by Jay Z, Drake, and Kanye West. There’s also a take on “the song of the summer”, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.

The Soul Rebels continue charting new territory today. Called “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong” by the Village Voice, the Soul Rebels combine top notch musicianship and songs with grooves that celebrate life in timehonored New Orleans style.
The Slide Brothers
The Slide Brothers, standard bearers of the sacred steel tradition, will be releasing their first studio album on February 19th. The album, simply titled Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers, was catalyzed by Robert Randolph, who has revitalized the sacred steel tradition in the modern era, carrying the style born in The House of God Church more than 80 years ago to mainstream secular success before concert and festival audiences around the world.

The Slide Brothers' album includes 11 tracks and features some of the most dynamic electric slide guitar playing ever recorded. Inspired by Randolph to finally emerge beyond their respected positions within the sacred steel community, the Slide Brothers tackle rock, funk and even the deepest blues with a ferocity that will startle fans of Duane Allman, Derek Trucks and even Muddy Waters.

The Slide Brothers are Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent, each of whom was raised worshiping and performing in The Church of the Living God. They were an ad hoc family, traveling and learning from the other dominions in their communities in cities from Nashville to Chicago to Newark. Calvin Cooke was born into a musical family in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944 and would go on to become known among the ranks of Nashville's premier country steel guitarists as "the B.B. King of gospel steel guitar." Cooke is hailed today as the most influential living pedal steel guitar master within the Sacred Steel tradition.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/