Sheffield will receive a visit from one of New Orleans’ finest musical ensembles on Tuesday 2nd May, with Hot 8 Brass Band visiting for a night at O2 Academy2.
Notable for being the first US group to sign to the forward-thinking UK label Tru Thoughts, Hot 8 have proven popular thanks to their uniquely soulful take on hip-hop, RnB and traditional marching music, which has a long and celebrated history in their home state. Armed with trumpets, trombones and other things shiny, the group carry a heavy history that creates a palpable emotional connect with their music, and are matched by few when it comes to wearing hearts on sleeves and laying everything down in their performances. Those yet to get clued up need only see their In Conversation piece from last June, which delved deep into the context of their music to illuminate the strong messages behind their art, underlining why they are revered as such resonant performers.
Perhaps most importantly though for Sheffield’s music fans, Hot 8 Brass Band stand proud as one of the finest brass ensembles around, and with their funk-heavy tracks tried and tested across the world, there’s no question that they’ll put on a good dance when they arrive in Yorkshire. The chance to see such mesmerising performers should not be missed.
Interview by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Melissa Fargo