Best of the Day: Soul Rebels plays for free at Ale and the Witch

Posted by Leilani Polk on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM

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You’ve probably never encountered a brass band with such a wildly diverse resume as that of The Soul Rebels. The eight-piece ensemble (made up of two trumpeters, two trombone players, a saxophonist, two percussionists and a sousaphone player) played “Tom’s Diner” with Suzanne Vega at the 2012 Boston Summer Arts Weekend and “Seek and Destroy” with Metallica during their 30th Anniversary shows in San Francisco the same year; served as the house band for the 2013 NFL Honors Awards Show (hosted by Alec Baldwin on CBS Superbowl weekend); and last summer, enjoyed a studio powwow with Rick Ross when the Miami rapper and his crew flew to New Orleans to hang and vibe with Soul Rebels, which, at the time, were being considered as a possible backing band for Ross’ “Mastermind Tour.”

Soul Rebels didn't end up getting the Rick Ross gig, which gave them time to record and deliver a brand new mixtape Power = Power, which reflects Soul Rebels’ aim to produce modern-minded music using NOLA brass band traditions, their tight and spirited sound touching on soul, jazz, R&B, funk, hip-hop, rock and even pop music; the mixtape features remixes, live recordings and covers of tracks by Jay-Z, Daft Punk, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and others. 9:30 p.m., Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave N.E. (Tower Plaza Courtyard), St. Petersburg, free admission.

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