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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech:
Stooges Brass Band

By Robert Wood

The BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech—BAM's free summertime showcase of heavy hitters from R&B, reggae, funk, and other genres—runs this year through August 8, with concerts happening (almost) every Thursday at noon. That means lunchtime for most, so for the full MetroTech experience, we suggest bringing takeout from a nearby restaurant and making an afternoon (or a long lunch break) out of it. Check back every week for these previews, which will also suggest appropriate eats to enjoy along with the music, and pigeons, in Downtown Brooklyn.

Stooges Brass Band
Thu, Jun 27 at 12pm
MetroTech Commons | map

In a nutshell:
A tuba-driven brass outfit that nudges the exuberant New Orleans parade sound squarely into R&B and hip-hop territory.

Straight-up Mardi Gras parade music, hip-hop over tuba bass, R&B

What to Know:
They recently won the Best Brass Band title at New Orleans’ Red Bull Street Kings Contest. But what’s really impressive about this group is how nimbly they go from more traditional second-line sounds (like this) to songs that could easily top the R&B and hip-hop charts (like this). Hardly a French Quarter tourist attraction, this band is a living, breathing embodiment of a new New Orleans.

Appropriateness for getting down / getting it on:
99% / 1%

What to bring for lunch:  
Sure, there's a dearth of Cajun food in Downtown Brooklyn. But don't overthink this: Popeyes, on Livingston between Bond and Nevins. Popeyes was founded over 40 years ago in the New Orleans neighborhood of Arabi, and while they may no longer be a family joint, you can at least pretend that those biscuits (a butter lover’s doughy dream) came fresh out of a Dutch oven in some bayou kitchen. The MetroTech pigeons will enjoy the crumbs.

You might like them if you like:
Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Roots  

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