Having toured with a diverse list of musical giants that includes the Neville Brothers, Green Day, and Bootsy Collins, the Soul Rebels Brass Band have been taking their fusion of jazz, funk, and reggae around the world. Hitting some of the globe’s biggest music festivals, the group brought their Mardi Gras party to Pensacola, Florida.
Recently winning the Best Roots Rock Artist Award at the “Best of The Beat Awards” and embarking on their Summer tour (which included both the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama and DeLuna Fest in Pensacola last year) the Honey Island Swamp Band started the night off by cooking a delicious set of New Orleans peppered roots rock for the Vinyl Music Hall crowd. Led by Chris Mule’ (guitar/vocals), Aaron Wilkinson (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Sam Price (bass, vocals), and Garland Paul (drums, vocals) the group dealt a sound that immediately made the crowd go all-in for a fun night. Just as they reached the end of their set, the members of the Soul Rebels Brass Band joined them on stage for double dose of good times.
Set to hit the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May, the Soul Rebels Brass Band expressed their appreciation and respect for the crowd and the Honey Island Swamp Band as they exited the stage. Warmed up and ready to crank up their set, The Soul Rebels Brass Band (Lumar LeBlanc (snare drum), Derrick “Oops” Moss (bass drum/percussion), Edward Lee (tuba), Marcus “Red” Hubbard (trumpet), Julian Gosin (trumpet), Paul Robertson (Trombone), Corey Peyton (Trombone), Erion Williams (tenor saxophone) filled the venue with their Louisiana sound of funky good times. Throwing a party mix of music that melded their jam-dance compositions with unique visions of modern pop hits, The Soul Rebels Brass Band kept the crowd dancing well into the night.
-Michael L. Smith