Dee-1, Hot 8 Brass Band and School of Business Headline Eclectic Mardi Gras Concert

NEW ORLEANS (Feb. 6, 2013) --- A powerful blend of hip-hop artists, R&B groups, dance acts and brass bands – many with strong ties to the Crescent City’s dynamic music scene – will kick off Lundi Gras Monday night Feb. 11 at Café Istanbul.
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Feb. 6, 2013 - PRLog -- Hip-Hop artist Dee-1 and Hot 8 Brass Band co-headline a six-hour concert that features a deep lineup of groups from across the musical spectrum. The event also serves as a record release party for School of Business, which drops its new album “ReAdmission.”

Considered an up-and-comer in hip hop, calls Dee-1 a “favorite” who “stresses the game’s need for emcees who can change lives, not just line their own pockets.”

“This is more than just a great concert,” says Dee-1, a former Baton Rouge school teacher who infused such work as “David & Goliath” and ”I Hope They Hear Me” with socially aware lyrics. “It’s another chance to play before the hometown fans who continue to support my work and push me forward in the music world.”

Hot 8 Brass Band also has an entrenched, devoted following in NOLA and should see a big turnout. But the group, known for “Rock with the Hot 8” and “The Life and Times of the Hot 8 Brass Band,” also has international admiration: “No outfit has done more than the Hot 8 to recast the long tradition of New Orleans marching music for modern times,” says the Guardian.

"Come out and support the gumbo of local music genres,” says Bennie Pete, the band leader of the Hot 8 Brass Band. “The night before Fat Tuesday and tons of music to sample? The Café Istanbul+++ is going to be sizzling.”

Meanwhile, fans will get their first chance to listen to S.O.B.’s new album “ReAdmission.” S.O.B. started as 12 people teaching music at a summer camp after Hurricane Katrina.

“We began meeting after camp and recording in the studio,” says James Evans, an S.O.B. member. “I also have a label called Outta Nowhere Entertainment. My goal is to introduce unique artists and music ideas to the world. I try to avoid mainstream music’s cookie-cutter formats. For School of Business, we’re challenging the stereotypical view of New Orleans hip hop.

Other artists scheduled to perform include: The Rue-Fiya All-Stars, Adrienne Mack-Davis, Ciel Rouge, Squares, Leesa Nicole, Bzy B, DJ Roe, DJ Illmedin@, Co-D’s, and A.Levy.
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