Hot 8 Brass Band

Bonfire Presents:

Hot 8 Brass Band

Viva La Hop, Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band

Fri, April 21, 2017

8:00 pm

$18.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Hot 8 Brass Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
The members of the Hot 8 were all born and raised in New Orleans; many of them began playing together in high school. In 1995 they came together and began playing traditional New Orleans brass band music professionally.

Founded by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook in 1995, the band has played in traditional Second Line parades hosted each Sunday by a Social Aid and Pleasure Club ever since. The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes the Hot 8 special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns.

It was not until after Hurricane Katrina, however, that Hot 8 became known nationwide. Featured on CNN, Nightline, in the New York Times, and most notably in Spike Lee's Katrina documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts", Hot 8's work with the Finding Our Folk Tour has brought music to evacuee shelters, temporary trailer parks, and to communities throughout the US that have provided a temporary home to displaced New Orleanians.

The Hot 8 Brass Band, like all of New Orleans, has had its share of tragedy in the aftermath of Katrina. In addition to displacement caused by the storm and subsequent violence and uncertainty contained therein, drummer Dinerral Shavers was shot and killed in late 2006 while driving with his wife and child in New Orleans. In addition, two other members of the band have lost their lives due to violence on the city streets. In response to these tragic setbacks, The Hot 8 Brass Band has recommitted itself to bringing people together through their unique brand of music to celebrate, to heal and to learn. This passion for music and social outreach led to an integral role contributing to the success of the Finding Our Folk Tour.
Viva La Hop
Viva La Hop
Viva La Hop is a 9 piece organic hip-hop group formed through the will to connect conscious lyrics with infectious grooves. From the horns, to the keys, to the strings, to the kick drum they will keep your heads bobbin and booties movin; combined w/ the words of Philly G & Baylen to educate your minds. Rest assured Viva La Hop will set the party off any day of the week!
Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band
Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band
Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band is an all-star ensemble led by the writing and compositions of Lap Steel player, guitarist, and harmonica virtuoso Jim Stephens.

The band features a rotating Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, Pew Fellow, McRad, , Billy Joel, D'Angelo, The Roots) and Lucky Thompson (Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Billy Paul) on drums, Elliott Levin (Sun Ra, Odean Pope, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Digable Planets) on tenor sax, Rah Sungee (Lauren Hill, Kindred The Family Soul, Blue Method) on bass, Scott Coulter (Get Happy) playing keys, Monique Canniere (Divine Hand Ensemble, Kanye West) on violin and vocals, Greg Moore on guitar (Dice Raw, Vivian Green), and the co-lead vocals of Kinyon Lanier (Tony Moore and Jehova's Chosen, Jeff Bradshaw), and Sarah Kane, an incredible soulful talent out of Philadelphia. Joe Jordan (Pure Hell, Joe Jordan's Experiment) also regularly sits in with the band. Among the numerous musicians who have performed with the family band include: The late great Jesse Andrus (James Cotton), The late great Jef Lee Johnson (Esperanza Spalding, George Duke, Mariah Carey, Rachelle Farelle, Common,), Mike Tyler (LL Cool J, Pearl Jam, Nas, Aerosmith) Stan Davis (Teena Marie, Lauren Hill, Kindred The Family Soul), Vinchelle Woods (Bilal) and others.
Gradually formed between band members touring commitments and Philly's jazz jam circuit over the past decade and a half, Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band blends a soulful and upbeat hybrid of jazz, funk, rhythm and blues, and gospel.
The band has joined The New Orleans Suspects, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Jazmine Sullivan, Kindred The Family Soul, Hezekiah, Bilal, Johnny Popcorn, Dice Raw, Jaguar Wright, McRad, Stereotytans, and countless others in concert. The diversity of the lineups which they have been a part of speaks to the accessibility and fan base of the band across musical genres.
The first "official" concert performance for the band was in March of 2010, when Jim Stephens, fresh back in Philadelphia from New Orleans and The Gulf Coast, through his newly formed 501(c)(3)non-profit, Elite Rescue Recovery and Rebuilding (ER3), curated along with Fatin Dantzler of Kindred The Family Soul an all-star benefit concert for Haiti relief at World Café Live in Philadelphia. The lineup featured in addition to Kindred The Family Soul and Jim's Full Tilt Boogie Band , 11 time Grammy nominee Jazmine Sullivan, multiple Grammy nominee Eric Roberson, Hip Hop Legend Chubb Rock, Bilal, Dice Raw of The Roots, Jean Baylor, Meek Millz, Hezekiah, Jaguar Wright, and several others.
Individually, the members of Jim Stephens Full Tilt Boogie Band have performed, toured, and recorded with some of the most elite performers and musicians in the world.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107