No BS! Brass Band at The Mothlight Asheville , October 24
Funky and danceable, the NO BS! Brass Band takes after the full black-music continuum you hear in groups like Rebirth or the Hot 8. But it’s also proggy, and a bit brutalizing, and full of pride in a different Southern outpost.
Founders Reggie Pace and Lance Koehler rejected the BS of other ensembles to create something original. The band’s diverse members bring a blend that reflects its steadily growing, all-inclusive fan base.
Rising out of the renaissance of Richmond, Virginia, this big band with a big sound brings slamming, funky, danceable tunes ranging from original pieces to homages to Charles Mingus, Led Zeppelin, Rush, A-Ha and Michael Jackson. The distinctive “Richmond sound” No BS! brings strips away preconceived notions of brass bands with energetic horns, drums and tuba laying down grooves from hip-hop, jazz and rock.
From small, intimate venues to the Kennedy and Lincoln centers to the roof of Forbes to crowds of 20,000 at the Eaux Claires festival, No BS! takes its music into uncharted territory, bringing down the house in the process.
For their next act, No BS! is bringing a sixth album this fall that pushes their boundaries, as far as difficulty. The mostly conservatory-trained musicians have laid down 11 tracks of deep grooves reflecting current events and how they feel as artists in the world today. ‘Brass Knuckles’ (out 11/20) is their most politically urgent record to date from its powerful lyrics encouraging listeners to stay positive in the midst of frequent acts of police brutality to its cover art. The impressionistic painting depicts protests in Baltimore.
Bandleader Reggie Pace says, “I like this image because it was a big catalyst in the police brutality conversation in this country. The media barely covered the murders that were happening but the petty destruction was on EVERY CHANNEL. We stand in solidarity with all who struggle to bring equality and righteousness to our beautiful planet.”
No BS! Brass Band w/ METAL
Saturday, October 24
Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 – $10adv / $12