In what is a testament to the resiliency of the New Orleans cultural community, the TBC Brass Band will be playing their first show since the Mother's Day second line shooting tonight at their regular Wednesday location, Celebration Hall at 1701 St. Bernard Ave.
Doors open at 9 p.m. with WWOZ's DJ Action Jackson. TBC will play from approximately 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., with a set break around midnight. There is a $5 cover and there will be a coming out party for the Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
TBC, which can be seen in the surveillance footage of the May 12 shooting, will also be playing this Sunday's second line with the Divine Ladies. In a phone interview, trumpet player Eric Gordon described a chilling scene from last Sunday.
"We weren't more than eight to ten feet away when we saw him shooting," Gordon said. "He was running with the gun and it looked like he was shooting with his eyes closed."
Gordon said he and his band mates - like the entire cultural community - were angry and upset that someone would open fire on a second line. He also said that the shooting did remind him that violence can strike anywhere but, while it makes him a little nervous, the band will continue to play.
"We're playing in next weeks' parade, which makes it difficult," he said. "We have parades all this month and the next. We're gonna move forward."
(Video of TBC playing at Celebrations Hall filmed by Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, one of the Mother's Day shooting victims).