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Chicago's LowDown Brass Band deftly synthesizes the gritty sounds of Chicago with the high energy second-line street beat of the Crescent City. Audiences find it difficult to stand still during a Lowdown Brass Band concert. Musicians have been making the journey from New Orleans to Chicago for more than a century. Please visit the band's website for more information about LowDown Brass Band. The Lowdown Brass Band (LDB), hailing from Chicago, Illinois, is a horn-driven tour de force.

Fresh off their appearance at The 2017 Chicago Jazz Festival, Lowdown Brass Band joins fellow Windy City outfit The Dread for a true Chicago collaboration," with interpolation originally from a song created by 80s ska group The Specials in the new single Ghost Town." With an original arrangement and lyrics by Billa Camp, Ghost Town" is a spirited ode to gritty cities with the perfect blend of influences.

Fresh off their appearance at The 2017 Chicago Jazz Festival, LowDown maintains a constant performing and touring schedule throughout North are releasing their self-produced full length studio album, LowDown Breaks," that combines the hip hop sound with multiple world music and jazz styles.

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.

Though recognized for their fluency in Afrobeat and funk music, the band is known to collaborate with diverse groups and artists, from Angélique Kidjo to Jovanotti to Medeski Martin & Wood to Public Enemy, and served as the house band at Carnegie Hall in 2014 (Music of Paul Simon), 2015 (Music of David Byrne & Talking Heads) and this year's 2017 Music of Aretha Franklin.

It started out of a love for jazz music and being in the scene in Chicago. Known for their blood-pumping performances, the Chicago band is touring the Midwest, Canada and the East Coast to promote their latest album, Lowdown Breaks, released in January. Chicago Funk Mafia is the local chapter of Funk Mafia International, an organization dedicated to the integrity and proliferation of funky music.

The all-original 13-track release showcases the band's diverse influences, ranging from bluegrass to prog-rock to jazz, with it all settling into a familiar comfort zone akin to one's favorite old shoe." The album reaches new heights from previous releases with a star-studded guest roster featuring musicians from the Henhouse Prowlers, The Low Down Brass Band, and Chicago's production of The Jungle Book.

George Webb - National Ave. We're a funk band and we're committed to getting down, but we've got some tricks up our sleeves and you'll hear us weave in and out of many styles. LowDown Brass Band (LDB) deftly synthesizes the gritty sounds of Chicago with the high energy second-line street beat of the Crescent City.

We had the love of brass band music from New Orleans, we all played horns, were hanging out one night, and literally just decided to start a band. LDB's barrier breaking sound is as intricate and explosive through your headphones, as it is on-stage: A second-line brass-knuckle spectacular that gets you on your feet and keeps the party pumping all-night long.

While taking a page from the jazz and blues giants of the past, the LDB melds modern funk, hip-hop, reggae and pop into a unique new style. The Lowdown Brass Band (LDB) breaks the barrier between audience and performer with their live show, which features dynamic vocalists, hip-hop MCs, and body movement that gets any wallflower up and on their feet.

Lowdown Brass Band , hailing from Chicago, IL, is a fierce ten-piece, horn-driven machine. Three years ago, Chicago rapper MC Billa Camp joined the group to introduce a hip-hop sound. First single Ghost Town" features Billa Camp & The Dread and shows the musicians riding the seas in a glorious way.

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