I am very pleased to announce the debut of my new project, The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band! We will be headlining at this year’s Vermont Music Fest at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield. We go on at 8:30 PM. The festival is a wonderful collection of Vermont musicians, bands and vendors. And . . . it’s free! Although donations are certainly welcome.
Here’s some info on the group.
Under the direction of noted Vermont musician and band leader, Brian Boyes, the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band is one HUGE party that combines the rich musical and dance roots of Indian Bhangra, Bollywood, New Orleans Brass Bands, and the 1930′s jungle swing of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.
From call and response singing to ripping horn solos, Big Bang Brass fuses the deep funk and swing grooves of New Orleans with the centuries-old Punjabi Bhangra grooves and dance moves reaching back 500 years. The result: a wild and colorful explosion of musical crossroads guaranteed to stir the soul, body, and mind.
Topped off with a troupe of Bhangra dancers, Big Bang Brass features some of Vermont’s best funk and jazz players from such favorites as Movement of the People, The Saturn People’s Sound Collective, ViperHouse, 35th Parallel, Money Jungle, and D’Moja.
Playing on the VMF main stage at 8:30pm, this is one party not to be missed.
Brian Boyes trumpet, dhol, keys
Zach Tonnissen tenor sax, dhol
Gabe Halberg dhol, dholki, tabla, cajon
Brandon Klarich percussion, vocals
PJ Davidian percussion
Giovanni Rovetto bass
Jay Ekis guitar
Simone Labony Labbance flute, dance, choreography
Lloyd Dugger trombone
Matt Avery trombone
Dan Liptak saxophones