The New Breed Brass Band
No list of NOLA bands and musicians would be complete without a brass outfit, and New Breed is definitely one to watch for. They’re co-managed by the now very famous Troy “Trombone” Shorty, so you know they’ve got some cred when it comes to traditional New Orleans brass sounds. Add to that a lively stage presence and a sound that combines everything from funk to hip hop to NOLA second line traditions, and you’ve got a winner.
Where you can find them: Blue Nile, various festivals
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Scott Gold is a writer in New Orleans who loves to play guitar, but can't hold a candle to any of these acts. Find him on Twitter @scottgold.