by Red Cotton
If youre taking a night off from Essence-festing, here are some great local shows featuring brass bands so good and bartenders so heavy-handed, you wont miss anything happening at the Superdome - and youll end the night with more in your pocket than just lint.
Shamarr Allen's 3rd Annual Birthday bash featuring trumpeter Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs with special guest Irvin Mayfield, Paul Sanchez, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stooges Brass Band, TBC Brass Band, & Dee-1. Tipitinas Uptown 501 Napoleon 10pm-1am $10
Hot 8 Brass Band at Blue Nile 532 Frenchman St. 11pm-2am $10
To Be Continued Brass Band on Bourbon and Canal at 8pm till 10:00 and at Irvin Mayfields Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street at 12am - both shows are free.
Hot 8 Brass Band at the Wolf Den 907 S. Peters in the Warehouse District- 10pm-til $5
Free Agents Brass Band at the Green Room 400 N. Galvez at Conti - 11pm $5
Note: Hot 8 and TBC are doing short performances at Shamarrs birthday party before heading to their own gigs.