Dirty Dozen Brass Band 

Thursday, July 15; Broadway Oyster Bar

The highlight of the Broadway Oyster Bar's New Orleans-flavored summer season, especially if you like the brass-band sound that is the essential pulse of the Big Easy, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band cooks up a totally unpredictable blend of traditional New Orleans sounds, gutbucket blues, powerhouse-bop riffs and Funkadelicized soul. Even though the Dozen were just here three weeks ago, opening for Widespread Panic at the American Theatre, to truly appreciate the Dirty Dozen you have to hear 'em stretch out over the course of a couple of lengthy sets — preferably in a cozy club setting like the Oyster Bar. Here you can really feel the power of the intense, no-holds-barred riffs that jump like jolts of electricity among Gregory Davis' trumpet, Roger Lewis' baritone sax, Kevin Harris' tenor sax and the other members of the band. And even after two decades-plus for the Brass Band, they're consistently at their peak.

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