The Broadberry was loaded with spectators last Friday evening, as fans flocked to see No BS! Brass Band, an 11-member brass band featuring numerous well-known local jazz players, perform with their ensemble of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.
No BS! Brass have won over a lot of local music fans with their lively arrangements that incorporate a traditional jazz flavor with modern elements taken from punk rock, hip hop, funk, and soul. Having recorded five albums and several cover singles since 2007, every member of No BS! Brass has proven skill and experience in their craft.
The performance began with a set from opening band Big No, which was as stimulating as it was nostalgic. Their combination of psychedelia and traditional rock and folk sounds blended beautifully in recent singles like “Life on a String” and “When I Think Of Heaven.”
No BS! Brass took the stage next, and electrified the crowd with their performances of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears, their very own “3AM Bounce,” featuring local rapper Chance Fischer, and many more hits to keep the audience raving.
Throughout the night, the band’s stage presence paralleled the audience’s intense energy, and by the end of the night, they left nothing to be desired. As the evening ended, it was apparent that No BS! Brass Band remains RVA’s own perfectly-crafted treasure, one that remains extremely beloved in the city.
Photos by Aviance Hawkes
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