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December 1, 2023
7:30 pm
Venue: Strand Theatre


Concert Genre
Price: Tickets start at: $35

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist Tab Benoit has built a remarkable 30+ year career. His gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues has won a devoted legion of fans on the way. Don’t miss his Appell Center debut along with the pioneers of the modern New Orleans brass movement, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.


Tab Benoit

In 1992 Tab Benoit released his first recording Nice and Warm on the Justice Label. The title track became a Triple A Radio hit. Benoit’s touring career kicked into high gear. Nice and Warm prompted comparisons to blues guitar heavyweights like Albert King, Albert Collins, and even Jimi Hendrix. Benoit began playing 250 shows a year, a schedule he has kept up for over 20 years.

Benoit’s music evolved again in 2002 when he stripped it down to a three-piece group, and found more freedom as a guitarist. He was also on a mission to use his music to bring attention to Louisiana’s coastal erosion. Benoit began to spend more time in the wetlands, and it was there that he began to write his songs.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Roger Lewis – Baritone Sax/Vocals

Gregory Davis – Trumpet/Vocals

Kirk Joseph – Sousaphone

Trevarri Huff-Boone – Tenor Sax/Vocals

Stephen Walker – Trombone/Vocals

Julian Addison – Drums

Takeshi Shimmura – Guitar

“The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is arguably the most influential ensemble to emerge in New Orleans over the last 25 years. Its sway on the brass band scene has been staggering, spawning bands like the ReBirth, New Birth, Hot 8, Li’l Rascals, Soul Rebels, and just about every other young brass ensemble presently performing.” – Offbeat Magazine

Over 45 years since their founding in 1977, the Grammy Award-winning New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken traditional brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres. These include Bebop Jazz, Funk, and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a “musical gumbo,” allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents, record 12 studio albums, and collaborate with a range of artists. These include Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, and Norah Jones. Forty-five-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

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