Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Bluebird Theater, 7/14/12 (photos and review)By Jason Blevins | July 16th, 2012 | No Comments »
New Orleans funkateers Dirty Dozen Brass Band delivered their signature brass therapy to an eager Bluebird Theater Saturday night, churning through two sets that bathed the house in buoyant, bellowing horns.
The tuba thumbing, baritone blasting and ringing trumpets are like a balm that cures all ills. It’s just hard to be down about anything when the Dirty Dozen are doing their thing.
The seven-top on Saturday played several cuts from the band’s seminal “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” – Dirty Dozen’s debut album from 1984 – tearing up foot-stomping classics like “Do It Fluid” and “Lil’ Liza Jane.”
Like we do for most all New Orleans bands, Denver welcomed the groovy brass blasters with non-stop boogie. Hips were swaying and arms raised high as Dirty Dozen dosed the crowd with their therapeutic sound.
The funk flowed in the brassiest cover of Bill Withers’ “Use Me,” with the Roger Lewis’ baritone sax melding with Kirk Joseph’s booming sousaphone to dig a deeply funky bass line that shook the floors. The band’s first-set cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” found a jazzy R&B groove as the twin trumpeters Efrem Towns and Gregory Davis infused the inherently funky tune with some Cajun spice.
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