New Orleans’ GRAMMY nominated Hot 8 Brass Band is currently touring in celebration of their latest album, On The Spot, released March 31 on Tru Thoughts. The new record has its roots firmly in live performance, and in true Hot 8 style it pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fuelling beats, hooks and grooves. On The Spot refers to the saying, on the spot, the glorious, rare moment in a New Orleans parade when the band stops to take a break but keeps playing for the crowd. Vibing and keeping the energy up, when they’re completely in the moment they sync up and the magic happens – a new tune is created, on the spot. Buzzing with the live, spontaneous synchronicity which has fuelled their development from the streets of New Orleans to the forefront of the global scene over the last two decades, the new LP sees Hot 8 committing this spirit to record – and in the live arena the tunes are set to blow up.
“We are privileged to tour and to tell the stories of life in our city, to keep alive the memories of our band members who have passed, as well as all the musicians who have gone before”, says band leader and tuba player Bennie Pete. “We can’t wait to share this new music and party with our fans, who help us to keep pushing ourselves on”.
Mixing an old school street brass approach with funkier currents and hip hop vocals, Hot 8’s magnificent originals are juxtaposed with fresh versions of Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, The Specials and Basement Jaxx. And of course their anthemic take on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”, which recently re-launched with a new video that is nudging 1 million YouTube hits. This year’s On The Spot Tour is set to bring these essential cuts to an even wider audience, while cementing the next generation of Hot 8 classic tunes in the hearts and minds of fans.
You can catch Hot 8 Brass Band in Austin at Antone’s on 6/7 before they hit Houston’s Warehouse Live the following night and then on home to New Orleans’ House of Blues 6/10.
Check out the newest Hot 8 Brass Band Video “Can’t Nobody Get Down” from On The Spot!
The Hot 8 Brass Band @ Antone’s Night Club
305 East 5th Street. Austin, TX 78701
Doors Open @ 7:00pm / Show Starts @ 8:00pm
Buy Tickets: $13.00 – $15.00 / 18 and over