(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The dynamic New Orleans brass ensemble Soul Rebels bring its patented mix of party music, second-line melodies and R&B to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 9pm. The eight-piece group mixes horns, vocals and percussion on original compositions and covers of the likes of Stevie Wonder (“Livin’ in the City”), Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”), and Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams”), always laying down a dance groove.
Graduates of university music programs throughout the South, the musicians in Soul Rebels took the marching band format they had learned in school and incorporated influences from outside the city as well as late-breaking local styles – R&B, funk and hip-hop – especially through half-sung, half-rapped lyrics. “Most of our originals have vocals,” says co-founder Lumar LeBlanc. “You wouldn’t have done that in a traditional brass band.”
While touring the U.S., the Soul Rebels have shared stages with artists from many corners of the pop and jazz worlds, including Arcade Fire, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Counting Crows, Green Day, Drive By Truckers, James Brown, Roy Hargrove, Allen Toussaint, Chuck Brown, Terence Blanchard, The Gap Band, Better than Ezra and many more. Averaging around 250 shows per year, the Soul Rebels have brought the party to stages as far away as South Africa and Europe, playing some of the world’s best-known music events, including, Umbria Jazz Fest, Antibes Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, the Wanee Festival and, of course, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Called “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong” by the Village Voice, the Soul Rebels combine top-notch musicianship and songs with grooves that celebrate life in time-honored New Orleans style.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.