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Stooges Play Central Square World's Fair




The Stooges (top two: JazzFest, 2004, at Louisiana Music Factory; above, in their previous incarnation as the Lil' Stooges, at Ernie K-Doe's funeral, New Orleans, 2001)

"In New Orleans, the brass bands are street-bred. Their chops can handle tricky jazz arrangements, and their second-line rhythms (laid down by drums and tuba) can morph into dancehall raps or straight hip-hop. The Stooges played one song dedicated to a friend, trombonist Joseph 'Shotgun' Williams, of the Hot 8 Brass Band, who 'was killed by the New Orleans police department' last August. Part of the refrain went: 'They have the nerve/To say they protect and serve.' The name of the tune was 'Why’d You Have To Kill Him?' "
-- Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix, May 6, 2005

By now you probably have figured out that a) we're not talking about Iggy's Stooges, and b) that there's nofuckingway on earth you can miss this Sunday's show. (And we haven't even mentioned the Stooges' their John Legend cover yet). For further illustration of the enduring link between hip-hop and NOLA brass, see this Matt "Houstonsoreal" Sonzala's post, or check the (mind-blowing, if you've never heard it) example by Hot 8 below. Hurricane or no hurricane, these boys don't quit.

LISTEN: The Stooges, "Can't Be Faded" (sample mp3)
LISTEN: Hot 8 Brass Band, "Skeet, Skeet" (mp3)

DETAILS:
Central Square World's Fair
EmergencyMusic + Rocketscience + The Rudds + Muck and the Mires + Reverend Glasseye + Juliana Hatfield + the Stooges Brass Band
Sunday, September 25
outdoors on Mass Ave between Prospect + Main

PRINT: Central Square World's Fair map/schedule (.pdf)
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