Kermit Ruffins & 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, Im itching for my next show to happen. It cant 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.

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The Stooges Brass Band

The Stooges Brass Band has been one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans but only recently are receiving the accolades and well deserved recognition of their importance to the music scene of New Orleans. Since 1996, their high energy show on the stage and in the streets has engaged audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats. The Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety across the USA and the world as a full-blown musical party whether leading a second-line parade or performing their spirited stage show.

Whether they're second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing across the country, the Stooges Brass Band immerse crowds in a high-energy, cut loose vibe that's contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of city of New Orleans.

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The Main Squeeze

The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience born within the thriving live music scene of Bloomington, Indiana. Since coming together in late 2009, The Squeeze has managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time. The band's first studio offering, titled First Drops, is a seven-song EP released in early 2011 that showcases the broad range of styles and influences that each member brings to the table, from rock to jazz, funk to R&B, and hip-hop to electro.

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