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The Hot 8 Brass Band and West Philadelphia Orchestra @ Johny Brenda’s.

June 17, 2013

Hot8BrassBand03The Hot 8 Brass Band travel constantly but Saturday at Johnny Brenda’s was their last show for a few weeks.

“We want to go home,” trumpet player Terrell “Burger” Batiste said halfway through their awesome set. “We been on the road a long time. We want to go home.”

The New Orleans troupe ended this tour with a rousing performance, complete with second line renditions of classic tracks like Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and Snoop Dogg’s “Who am I (What’s My Name?).”

Hot8BrassBand02Hot8BrassBand01The Hot 8 have an interesting back story – founded in 1995 by a trio of friends who all grew up together. They filled out the crew and had decent success in their hometown. Then Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and the members fled. They all returned. The band was then featured in Spike Lee’s 2006 documentary about the devastation and the world discovered the Hot 8.

Their lineup has evolved over the years as two members were murdered in New Orleans and a third was fatally shot by police. Batiste lost both of his legs in 2006 when he was struck by a vehicle on the highway while he was trying to fix a flat tire on his car. He now performs from a wheelchair.

Despite all the hardships – or maybe because of them, the Hot 8 make the most of every performance. The crowd at Johnny Brenda’s danced throughout the entire set, led by members of the West Philadelphia Orchestra, who opened the show and then danced in the front row as the Hot 8 performed.

It was a great night of brass all around.

Within minutes after exiting the stage, however, the Hot 8 players were on Girard Avenue, loading up their trucks, ready to head back home.

West Philadelphia Orchestra

West Philadelphia Orchestra


  1. Anonymous permalink
    June 17, 2013 10:55 pm

    fantastic show!!

  2. June 18, 2013 8:15 pm

    That show was incredible!

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