posted September 27, 2010

GPS to Feature New Orleans Brass Band on Oct. 8

The Hope College Great Performance Series will feature the acclaimed New Orleans' Own Hot 8 Brass Band on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The band has been featured on television networks and programs such as CNN and "Nightline," and features a joyous and energetic sound that has made the street musicians become ambassadors of what "The New Yorker" has called "defiant swing."

New Orleans' Own Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for more than a decade. The band plays the traditional Second Line parades, hosted each Sunday afternoon by Social Aid and Pleasure Club, infusing their performance with the funk and energy that makes New Orleans music loved around the world. The members of the Hot 8 Brass Band were born and raised in New Orleans and many began playing together in high school.

Members of the Hot 8 Brass Band have toured in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, England, and Sardinia. The band performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, world and jazz festivals across the United States and Europe, and was featured in the Spike Lee documentary on New Orleans, "When the Levees Broke."

The Hot 8 has released three critically acclaimed recordings and is featured on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording on Time-Life Records. The Hot 8 Brass Band has been part of an important relief project following Hurricane Katrina called "SAVE OUR BRASS!," a local grass-roots project that has brought music and instruments to shelters, temporary trailer parks and communities across the Gulf Coast.

Individual tickets for the performance are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.

Additional information about Hot 8 Brass Band may be obtained online by visiting www.hope.edu/gps.