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Empire Strikes Brass w. PHILO & Debrissa and The Bear King
Asheville Music Hall
Asheville, NC
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Empire Strikes Brass w. PHILO & Debrissa and The Bear King
Empire Strikes Brass Band:

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Empire Strikes Brass is a New Orleans 2nd line style brass band that is determined to bring funk, rock, and a lot of energy to your local venue, city streets, and beyond. They have ushered large dancing crowds at Asheville's LAAFF Festival ( ESB also gave Galactic fans a true New Orleans experience by leading them 2nd line style with NOLA funk and flavor to the Orange Peel in Asheville, for a recent Galactic concert. The Empire Strikes Brass is MUCH MORE than a 2nd line street band. They'll amp up your wedding, pub crawl, funeral, or festival with a funk that could only be found in New Orleans, until now.

Empire Strikes Brass was formed in April of 2012---the first and only 2nd line brass band in Asheville. A gumbo of musicians from bands such as the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Firecracker Jazz Band, Common Foundation, and Kung Fu Dynamite (just to name a few), the ESB core group consists of saxophonist, Paul Juhl; sousaphone, trumpet, Henry Westmoreland; cornet, Jay Widenhouse; drums, Jay Good; saxophone, vocals, Debrissa McKinney; bass trumpet, Steve Lynch Maass; trombone, Alex Kelly: trombone, tuba, JP Furnas---with special guests appearing often.

Original to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the band owes its style to the colorful culture, funky flair, and music of New Orleans. Bands like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic, The Funky Meters, and Dr. John have been their influence. When they march through the downtown streets of Asheville, their funky sound spontaneously pulls people into the streets to join the dancing and musical celebration that is the Empire Strikes Brass.



Debrissa & The Bear King:

Debrissa and the Bear King is: Debrissa McKinney and oso rey.


Check out a video:


Members of Fist Family, Empire Strikes Brass, and more come together creating an Hip Hop experience called PHILO. A show you don't want to miss!


Asheville Music Hall (View)
31 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
United States

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Music > Experimental
Music > Funk
Music > Hip Hop & Rap

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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