And the band played on
New Orleans faces a long road to recovery due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina last summer. But native sons, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, keep the spirit of the Crescent City alive on every stage they perform. DDBB began as the house band at the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans in 1977. The group’s mix of traditional brass band marches, New Orleans funk, R&B, bop, gospel and rock and their high-energy shows have won them fans around the world. They even have a day named in their honor in their hometown. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has recorded 10 albums in its 29-year history, which have featured such guest artists as Costello, Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse. The band’s latest album, Funeral for a Friend, pays homage to their original tuba player, Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, who died in 2004. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band performs 9 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Tahoe Biltmore, 5 Highway 28, Crystal Bay. Tickets are $15. Call (775) 831-0660 or (530) 583-2801.