Dirty Dozen Brass Band
When: 10 p.m. June 18.
Where: Martin’s, Jackson.
Who are they?: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of the foremost acts keeping the rich New Orleans brass band tradition alive.
Far from being mere revivalists though, the group has been highly influential in shaping the modern brass band scene by incorporating other influences such as funk and blues into the traditional sound.
Since forming in 1977, the group has released over 10 studio and live albums, and have appeared on recordings by other artists ike Elvis Costello, David Bowie, The Black Crowes, Dr. John and Modest Mouse.
Their most recent studio effort is 2006’s What’s Going On, a masterful rendition of the classic Marvin Gaye album that served as a rumination on post-Katrina New Orleans.
2009 saw a 25th anniversary reissue of their seminal but long out-of-print 1984 debut album My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now.
Most recently, the group was exposed to an even wider audience by appearing on the season 2 premiere of the HBO drama about post-Katrina New Orleans Treme.
On the Web: www.dirtydozenbrass.com.
When: 6 p.m. June 22.
Where: Fire, Jackson.
Who are they?: Nashville, Tenn.’s RED is a Grammy-nominated Christian rock act that has enjoyed some crossover success in mainstream rock radio.
The group was formed in 2004, and was soon taken under the wing of Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer Rob Graves, who produced their 2006 debut album End of Silence.
The album went on to garner a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album, and spawned a top 20 rock hit with “Breathe Into Me,” which also won a Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year.
A subsequent single, “Lost,” won the same Dove Award in 2009. Meanwhile, those two singles as well as “Break Me Down,” “Let Go” and “Already Over,” all reached no. 1 on the Christian rock charts.
RED’s sophomore effort Innocence & Instinct arrived in 2009, and debuted at no. 15 on the Billboard 200 and no. 1 on the Christian charts.
The string of Christian rock no. 1s continued with “Fight Inside” (their first to debut at no. 1 on the chart), “Never Be the Same,” “Forever,” “Mystery of You” and “Death of Me,” which was also a top 10 rock radio hit.
The album also garnered them yet another Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year.
Their latest effort, Until We Have Faces, hit stores in February, and debuted at no. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Lead single “Faceless” scored them another Christian rock no. 1, while “Feed the Machine” is currently climbing the rock radio charts.
On the Web: www.redmusiconline.com.