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No BS! Brass Band

When: Wed., June 1, 7 p.m. 2016



If you are a brass band purist, devoted to the tropes and norms of the original New Orleans sound, you may call, well, BS on Richmond's NO BS! Brass Band. They rap through megaphones and drop down into drum-heavy sociopolitical chants, get wild and weird and free when they feel like it and, in general, bring a proud tradition into loud, jubilant, eruptive glory. The horn lines are excellent, the tones crisp. The rhythms are raucous, the drum section swinging. These are high-tier players, after all, many of them studio musicians linked with the likes of Bon Iver or their city's own Spacebomb production house. But on stage, the need for bona fides and credentials falls away fast, as NO BS! basks in the energy of its own sounds, all smiles and shout-outs—from and for the crowd, at once. This should be a perfect start to Duke Performances' excellent summer series. —Grayson Haver Currin

DUKE GARDENS, DURHAM 7 p.m., $5–$10,

Price: $5-$10, 12 and under free

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