The "second line" has its roots in the traditional jazz funeral processions of New Orleans. Once the dearly departed was buried, the brass band would "cut the body loose" by playing uptempo, joyous music. As they marched, they would be joined by revelers who formed a line alongside and behind the band. This was known as the "second line."
The Funky Butt Brass Band was created in 2008 by six musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition. Made up of members of Gumbohead, The Feed, Musica Slesa, Bob Kuban's Everyday People and other St. Louis musical groups, the FBBB brings traditional New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a funky new flavor, in the style of the Dirty Dozen or Rebirth Brass Band. Don't be surprised if you also hear a little Motown, Southern rock, blues and some straight-ahead '70s funk. The Funky Butt Brass Band is guaranteed to get your toes tapping, your feet marching and kick any party into overdrive.
The Funky Butt Brass Band was formed in 2008 by six talented musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition. The FBBB takes classic New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a twist, in the style of Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth and Bonerama. But don’t be surprised if you also hear some Motown, Southern rock, Memphis soul, Chicago blues and St. Louis R&B in the mix.
The band was voted Best Funk/Soul Band at the Riverfront Times Music Awards for four consecutive years. They have played such festivals as the King Biscuit Blues Festival, Roots N Blues N BBQ, Blissfest, Taste of St. Louis, Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, Gumbo Ya Ya and the Big Muddy Blues Festival. And Funky Butt Brass Band has shared the stage with some legendary Louisiana artists, including Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama, Chubby Carrier, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, New Orleans Suspects and the Royal Southern Brotherhood.
The FBBB released its debut CD, Cut The Body Loose, in 2009. The second CD, You Can Trust The Funky Butt Brass Band, entered the world in 2011. Both discs capture the wide variety of music and playful spirit the band brings to every live performance. They have also released an epic holiday EP entitled Shiny Christmas Balls, and have just completed their latest CD, Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp,to be released in November 2014.
Funky Butt Brass Band
Location: St. Louis, MO
Member: Adam Hucke (trumpet, vocals)
Ben Reece (saxophone, vocals)
Aaron Chandler (trombone, vocals)
Matt Brinkmann (sousaphone)
Tim Halpin (guitar, vocals)
Ron Sikes (drums)