April 26, 1993 |
When New Orleans' ReBirth Brass Band is in the house, you just have to dance - even if you don't know how. One of the smartest things that International House did for this New Orleans band's visit Saturday night was to clear out a dance floor in front of the stage. It was well-used. ReBirth is a wild, rough-edged collective of young men faithful to tradition. Beginning its first hourlong set with Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'," the band's rollicking, polyphonic, chant-laden sound quickly loosened any inhibitions in the diverse crowd.
July 24, 1995 |
Tyrone Breuninger remembers that his grandfather, Grover, played euphonium at least five nights a week during the 1930s, for bands in East Greenville, Sumneytown, Green Lane, Red Hill and Pennsburg. "Within those five miles, there were five bands," said Breuninger, whose grandfather encouraged him to play the tuba-like euphonium, too, and later the trombone. But the heyday of the brass band has passed. Summer concert schedules are shorter, and at many band shells and parks, Sousa marches and show tunes are heard only on the Fourth of July.
February 7, 2015 |
When Sunny Jain was 5 years old, he traveled to India from his home in Rochester, N.Y., for his uncle's wedding. "It was the first time I saw an Indian brass band," says the leader of the boisterous dhol-and-brass octet Red Baraat. The band, which has just released its third studio album, Gaadi of Truth , will play Saturday night at the Ardmore Music Hall. "I remember taking a nap and waking up and I came outside and the baraat" - the groom's wedding procession - "had already started," says Jain, speaking from his home in Brooklyn.
July 24, 1995 |
Tyrone Breuninger remembers that his grandfather, Grover, played euphonium at least five nights a week during the 1930s, for bands here and in Sumneytown, Green Lane, Red Hill and Pennsburg. "Within those five miles, there were five bands," said Breuninger, whose grandfather encouraged him to play the tuba-like euphonium, too, and later the trombone. But the heyday of the brass band has passed. Summer concert schedules are shorter, and at many band shells and parks, Sousa marches and show tunes are heard only on the Fourth of July.
April 18, 1987 |
Jambalaya Jam, the festival of New Orleans music and food that last year attracted 60,000 people to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, will be repeated on the last weekend in May. The four-day shindig will star the classic Dixieland sounds of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the rhythm and blues of the Neville Brothers, plus Cajun bands, gospel groups and the kind of brass-band street music that last year had Philadelphians joining in giddy,...
May 30, 1997 |
The rousing tunes served up with such flair by the defiant brass band of coal miners in Brassed Off! struck a responsive chord in Britain, where the film became a huge hit. Its themes are so timely and universal, the melodies should play just as well here. The miners of Grimley Colliery in a drab, one-industry town in Yorkshire are threatened with the closing of their pit by the government even though it still turns a profit. Using deft and touching strokes, Brassed Off! establishes that what the penny-pinching suits in Whitehall propose means a lot more than the loss of jobs.
December 19, 1994 |
Mummers were as playful as the Campbell Kids as they took to South 2nd Street in Pennsport yesterday for their annual Soup Sunday celebration. They made a special effort to put at ease South Philadelphia fans who were concerned about what effect the 1995 Market Street parade might have on Two Street mini-parades like Soup Sunday, and the New Year's Day bash there after the big parade uptown. "The Market Street march will not have any effect on our commitment to 2nd Street," said Tom Kelhower, captain of the Riverfront Comic Brigade.
September 6, 1987 |
It's been 33 years since Olga and Herb Kantaut left West Germany and the culture they grew up with, but yesterday they did a lot more than remember old ways. Under a warm late-summer sun in Northeast Philadelphia, the couple feasted on knockwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and German beer. They talked with German friends, and they swayed to German folk music, played by a brass band straight from Bavaria. The Kantauts, from Marlton, N.J., were surrounded by reminders of their heritage - women wearing brightly embroidered dirndl costumes, Germans fluent in the mother tongue, the lively schuhplattler dancing and the hearty toasts that have long characterized ethnic festivities.
May 14, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a neighborhood Mother's Day parade in New Orleans yesterday, wounding at least 19 people, police said. The FBI said that the shootings appeared to be "street violence" and weren't linked to international terrorism. Many of the victims were grazed, and most of the wounds weren't life-threatening, police spokeswoman Remi Braden said. No deaths were reported as of last night. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that a 10-year-old girl was grazed in the shooting about 2 p.m. She was in good condition.
May 2, 1997 |
The highlights of this weekend's Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema are musical - a drama about a brass band in Britain, and live accompaniment to the silent classic "The Lost World. " Tomorrow's program includes "Brassed Off!" - starring Ewan MacGregor and Pete Postlethwaite as members of a brass band in a mining town where the coal mine is ready to close. Despite the looming economic disaster, the working-class band resolves to stick together, all the way through the national brass-band competition.