New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band kick off a 5 date Irish tour with a gig at The Sugar Club next Thursday and we’ve a few tickets for you to win courtesy of Choice Cuts.

The Hot 8 Brass Band are an original bonfide marching brass band from the city of New Orleans, who most recently featured in series 2 of ‘Treme’ as both actors and performers. Founded by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook, The Hot 8 have been playing traditional New Orleans brass band music professionally since 1995. They have played in traditional Second Line parades hosted each Sunday by a Social Aid and Pleasure Club ever since.

They are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes the Hot 8 special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. They became known nationwide following Hurricane Katrina having been featured on CNN, Nightline, in the New York Times, and most notably in Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”.

The band have been heavily involved in relief initiatives following Hurricane Katrina, most notably Finding Our Folk and Save Our Brass, two grass-roots project that has brought music and instruments to shelters, temporary trailer parks, and communities across the Gulf Coast.

The Hot 8 have most recently appeared at The Apollo with Dr. John, Lou Reed, Nicolas Payton and others for the annual Great Day in Harlem. The Hot 8 have released three critically acclaimed recordings and are featured on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording on Time-Life Records.

Live dates:

Thursday 28th June The Sugar Club, Dublin
Friday 29th June Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Saturday 30th June Sea Sessions, Donegal
Wednesday July 4th Roisin Dubh, Galway 
Thursday July 5th Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick Make A Move Festival

If you fancy winning a pair of tickets to the Dublin or Limerick gigs just email your name to giveaways@thumped.com with HOT8DUBTICKETSPLEASE or HOT8LIMTICKETSPLEASE as the subject, as appropriate, by midnight on Tuesday 26th June.

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