Win Tix 2 See The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Saturday

In 1977, the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late ’70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Thirty 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. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes. We have a pair of tickets to see the DDBB at the Blockley on Saturday night to give away to the first Phawker reader to email us at FEED@PHAWKER.COM that can tell us what Elvis Costello album they were featured on. Put DO ME DIRTY in the subject line and please include a mobile number for confirmation. Good luck and godspeed!


David Bowie, still performing under his real name, in his Yardbirds-ian garage/blues phase circa 1967. Years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band would also cover “Liza Jane.”