No BS! Brass Band, Water Wingz | Motorco Music Hall | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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No BS! Brass Band, Water Wingz 

When: Sat., Oct. 7, 9 p.m. 2017
Price: $13-$15

For decades, New Orleans brass bands have steadily stretched beyond the restrictions of the genre to incorporate funk, bebop, R & B, hip-hop, and other nontraditional elements. With its bumptious pile-up of polyphony, decked out with chants, ripping solos, and well-rehearsed sense of spontaneity, the dozen-strong No BS! Brass Band reflects the twenty-first-century tendency toward the extreme mixing of genres as well as a spirit of anarchy that manifests both in the unbridled intensity of its live performances and a reckless aesthetic that embraces John Coltrane but isn't above covering aHa's "Take On Me." The band formed amid the jazz scene around Virginia Commonwealth University, and, recording and working out of studio owned by drummer Lance Koehler, it's still a homegrown affair. The cheeky name isn't meant to throw shade at others in the brass-band game, rather it reflects a dogged work ethic that's taken the ensemble from the lowliest of gigs to top-tier stages like the Kennedy Center and Tiny Desk Concert. Carrboro's Water Wingz is the opener. —David Klein

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