Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers

CEG + Nolafunk Present

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers

The Gold Magnolias

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Advance tickets to this event are sold out. There will be a limited amount of admissions available at the box office starting at 6:00 pm on the night of the show. All admissions at the door will be first come first serve, one ticket per customer, with no re entry. $15 at the door, cash only.

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
It takes all of 30 seconds.

Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation
or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs
immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins.

Passion.

The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it,
and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the
swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to
whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later.

"You definitely pick that up from me. Thats definitely the way I live, man,"
he said. "From the time I wake up in the morning, I'm itching for my next
show to happen. It can't get here fast enough for me. I think thats the
basic ingredient of New Orleans music. Our traditional music. Its really
just happy music. A lot of other jazz players are very technical and
concentrating on studying hard. We study hard, too, but what we most want
to do is just get up there and experiment with the tunes that weve been
playing for years and years."

At this point in his career, in fact, having fun at work is a prerequisite.
The mandate for fun in performing traces back to a musical role model Louis
Armstrong. Though he grew up in a decade when Michael Jackson, Bruce
Springsteen and Madonna were at the top of late-teen playlists, Ruffins
still vividly and emotionally recalled the moment when Armstrong a New
Orleans icon became the be-all and end-all of his musical universe.

"When I started out playing, it was down on the streets in the French
Quarter for tips, and wed sit and watch all the guys in suits going inside
to play in the clubs," he said. "I was watching one day when, all of a
sudden, I heard one trumpet on the juke box. I was 19 or 20 years old, and
it was Louis doing a solo on When You're Smiling. I was so overwhelmed that
I went that day and bought all the CDs of his that I could find. I started
to watch videos all the time, and from then on, whenever my friends got
together to play, wed be drinking, eating barbecue and watching Louis
Armstrong."

Ruffins legacy-in-progress includes co-founding the Rebirth Brass Band in
1983. Rebirths creation was inspired by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which
was credited with bringing influences of funk and contemporary bebop into
New Orleans style brass bands.

In 1992, he founded the Barbecue Swingers, a traditional jazz quintet that
mixes music with another of his true loves, food. And now, hundreds of
shows and barbecues later, prolonging the status of jazz in New Orleans is
among Ruffins pet projects.

He'll play himself in an upcoming HBO series named "Treme" for the
neighborhood and lifestyle essential to its musical and cultural history.

"Kermit Ruffins is one of the prime reasons why New Orleans is mending
post-Katrina, bringing his good-time music to the people as an entertainer,"
said All Music Guides Michael G. Nastos on Billboard.com, "As a trumpet
player and singer of heritage jazz, soul, and popular music, he's uplifting
the spirit of Crescent City dwellers who are slowly but surely rebuilding
their neighborhoods. This CD further defines that role."
The Gold Magnolias
The Gold Magnolias
Once upon a time there was Dan and Hud--two young rapscallions growing up in Austin, Texas and taking full-advantage of the city's rich musical culture. Meanwhile in the North East corner of Louisiana, Evan Felts was learning his first chords on the guitar from his daddy. "Saxman" Ryan Anselmi was whistling through brass and playin' Blues and Jazz in Kansas City. And over in Raleigh, NC baby Jeff Barton was seriously wailin' on some pots and pans.

In New York City round-about 2009 is where it all came together: a bunch of Southern boys fighting their way through the noise. The Gold Magnolias went from seed to sprout in the rich soil of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Open mic at Goodbye Blue Monday turned into a weekly gig at Soul2Soul right in the heart of funky Broadway. After about 6 months of Tuesdays the Magnolias had a pretty solid group of tunes together and started expanding their reach: St. Lucian Paradise every Thursday playing for PBR an chicken wings, Sans Souci every sunday playing for curried goat and mac and cheese. Then on to some of the city's finest venues: the Shrine in Harlem, and Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side.

In May of 2011, The Magnolias released their eponymous debut recording. The album was recorded at the Magnolia Motel to 1/4" tape and captures the intensity of the bands' concerts. It highlights the group's original songs. The sound evokes such artists as recent phenoms The Alabama Shakes as well as soul-stalwarts like Fats Domino and James Brown.

In recent months, the Magnolias have been taking their spit-shined act on the road: Pigfest in Talla Bena, the Burlington Jazz Festival in VT and an opening spot for Tower of Power at the Paola Blues and Roots festival.

They've also recently released their first music video directed by Todd Rocheford which garnered over 2,500 views in the first week.

The sparks are flying. It's just a matter of time before these Magnolias explode. Be there when they do!
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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