On Saturday, June 8th, Rebirth Brass Band brought the spirit of Bourbon Street to the shores of Lake Erie. With their high-energy show, they had the floor of the Beachland Ballroom bouncing with the feet of the crowd enjoying every note that flowed from the stage. The audience couldn’t get enough of the authentic New Orleans sound pumping from the hearts and horns of the band.
Preceding Rebirth on stage was Cleveland’s own, The Progeny. This talented group of young musicians is comprised predominantly of First Year students from Shaw High School, led by Mr. Randy Woods. While their stage presence may have alluded to their fresh beginnings, the quality of their musicianship far surpassed their years. The talent and expertise each member of this ensemble already exhibit can do nothing but grow—and with it, the promise of a bright and musical future.
With the crowd warmed up by the tunes of The Progeny, Rebirth Brass Band hit the stage. After a little bit of tweaking and sound checking, they dove in and never let up. While epitomizing the traditions of a New Orleans Brass Band, Rebirth draws in the flavor of modern genres such as hip-hop and funk—creating a sound unlike any other that twists and turns through the ears and heart, straight down to the toes.
Rebirth Brass Band has a truly addictive sound. Nobody in the Beachland Ballroom could stand still that night, and everybody was calling for more at the end of the set. When the band finally exited the stage, members could be found mingling and laughing with the audience. And throughout the milling crowd were exclamations of appreciation and amazement at the length of the set Rebirth had maintained at such a high intensity.
If this show slipped by your radar last week, make sure to tune your frequency. Do not miss another opportunity to catch the Rebirth Brass Band. The infectious fever for life Rebirth instills is one you will not be looking to cure.