Monday, August 13, 2012

They came from New Orleans. Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne to play the Iron Horse this Tuesday and Thursday.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band stir up the pot with the New Orleans songbook and beyond Tuesday, August 14th at 7PM at the Iron Horse

 To describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at its 35th Anniversary, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried-and true New Orleans-centric analogy: “It ends up being like a pot of gumbo – you drop in a little okra, drop in a little shrimp, you drop in some crabs. Before you know it, you’ve mixed in all these different ingredients and you’ve got a beautiful soup. That was our approach to music early on and it still is today.” An appetite for musicological adventure, a commitment to honor tradition while not being constrained by it, and a healthy sense of humor have brought the world-traveling Dirty Dozen Brass Band to this remarkable juncture in an already storied career. While traditional numbers infused with a DDBB flavor have always been crowd-pleasing staples of the group’s repertoire, it’s the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s willingness to look beyond the New Orleans songbook and find connections amongst a wider range of music that has endeared them to critics, fellow musicians and a multi-generational, global audience. They’ve been embraced enthusiastically by the jam-band followers at Bonnaroo as well as by the devotees who flock to the yearly New Orleans Jazz Fest. Acts like the Black Crowes and Widespread Panic have taken them on tour and artists from Dizzy Gillespie to Elvis Costello to Norah Jones have joined them in the studio.

Openers The Soul of a Man are a soul, funk, and blues group from Boston with members hailing from Malaysia and Canada.
Anders Osborne, “poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene,” Thursday, August 16th at 7PM at the Iron Horse
New Orleans' Anders Osborne is among the most original and visionary roots rock guitarists, vocalists, and songwriters performing today. Often compared to Townes Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison, Osborne is an exceptional and singular talent. Live, Osborne is a force to behold. His ability to ignite an audience with his passionate, dynamic live show is legendary. Between the sheer force and potent lyricism of his guitar playing, the riveting depth of his songwriting and the straight-from-the-soul conviction of his vocals, he captivates whether with scorched-earth rock or sweet, tender ballads. OFFBEAT magazine recently named Osborne the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the second straight year and. GUITAR PLAYER called him, “The poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.”

Opener singer/songwriter Clarence Bucaro's 5th album draws inspiration from his experience with fatherhood and travels to Jerusalem, Cuba Morocco and Russia as well as the works of author Orhan Pamuk.

Tickets are on sale now at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413 586 8686 and online at

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