SATURDAY 2/8. Rev Room. 8:30 p.m. $15-25.
Seeing the Dirty Dozen Brass Band means not only witnessing a cornerstone of New Orleans history, but getting to bear witness to legendary horn players who have been around since the group’s inception — Gregory Davis, Kevin Harris, Kirk Joseph and Roger Lewis. But then, quibbling about how many original members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are still on the roster sort of misses the point anyway, as the tradition from which it sprung predates and transcends the personnel list.
The alternately somber and raucous funeral processions the Crescent City’s become known for originated much earlier, with groups like The Dirty Dozen Social Aid and Pleasure Club — extensions of churches and clubs alike that would provide funeral arrangements for families who couldn’t afford them, as a social service for residents of the Tremé neighborhood and environs. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band count themselves as ambassadors of that tradition, and have spent the last few decades channeling it into a radio-ready sound. If you’re aching for a piece of New Orleans in your ears and know you won’t make it down for the February festivities, here’s a piece of the party in portable form.