Like the unique combination of a Parkway Surf & Turf Po’ Boy, the Outer Borough Brass Band deliciously melds the precision of jazz with the soul of the second line. Blending crisp technique and dirty funk, the OBBB delivers authentic Nola brass band grooves to the boroughs of NYC, augmented by a secret weapon: a barrelhouse piano that puts a rollickingly fresh spin on classic covers and throbbing... originals that sound as though they were written 30 years ago. Led by Loyola University New Orleans alum Joe Scatassa, the OBBB’s lineup is chock-full of ringers, Crescent City veterans, and NYC mainstays who have logged time with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Afroskull, and many others. After putting numerous unsuspecting hips in motion during their debut on Mardi Gras Day 2011, the Outer Borough Brass Band has quickly ascended to share the stage with the likes of Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, the Joe Krown Trio, and many other modern-day titans of New Orleans music. Hold your hanky high because the Outer Borough Brass Band is in town. Get ready to get down.
Urban Sun is an eight-piece New York City band that combines elements of funk, rock, and soul to create an energetic and unforgettable live show. An Urban Sun concert can be quite the funky ride, as the band covers a lot of ground - everything from original tunes to their homages to legendary influences like the Meters, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, and P-Funk ( to name a few).
Urban Sun's grooves are skin-tight, creative, deeply funky and highly infectious - once you hear them, you'll know why they're notorious for removing butts from their chairs. Performing since 2002, the band has developed a strong NYC fan base, consistently packing hundreds of heads into venues like B.B. King's, the Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge, Sullivan Hall and many more. Now word is spreading beyond the five boroughs, and the band has been gaining fans up and down the East Coast, playing solid shows and opening for such class acts as Trombone Shorty, Johnny Sketch, Salvador Santana, and Cyril Neville.
Urban Sun is currently hard at work spreading the word of their 2012 sophomore release, "Trunk Jam". In addition to deep grooves fans have come to expect, the album will also include an exclusive new track written by New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint.