UofM strikes up the band for relief

By |2018-01-15T17:15:14-05:00January 19th, 2005|Entertainment|

ANN ARBOR – The Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans will perform a special benefit concert at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
The Hot 8 Brass Band will close a concert that also features University of Michigan student performers Corn Rows, Dance 2XS, and spoken word artists Walter Lacy and Ayodele Alli. This event is being presented by Arts at Michigan.
Net proceeds will go toward the Jazz Foundation of America and their New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund to help preserve New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The JFA operates a Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which assists struggling jazz musicians with medical, financial and career development needs.
Since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast last August, the JFA has helped New Orleans musicians directly by providing a first month’s rent for new homes; obtaining and distributing nearly $100,000 of donated instruments to musicians; providing counseling, advocacy and legal advice; and creating employment by funding performances in local schools and shelters, as well as opportunities across America, connecting New Orleans musicians with those that want to employ them.
The Hot 8 Brass Band was formed in 1995 by the merging of two talented groups, the Looney Tunes and the High Steppers. There are currently nine men in the Hot 8, playing New Orleans brass band music in the traditional style.
The members of the Hot 8 were all born and raised in New Orleans; many of them began playing together in High School. This new young band follows in the footsteps of groups such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Treme Brass Band, and the Rebirth Brass Band.

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