Second Lines & Brass Bands

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mother's Day second line shooters sentenced to life in prison

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 2:55 PM

An image from a surveillance camera, provided by the New Orleans Police Department, captures the moment at the 2013 Mother's Day second line when Travis and Akein Scott fired into the crowd. Twenty people were injured.
  • An image from a surveillance camera, provided by the New Orleans Police Department, captures the moment at the 2013 Mother's Day second line when Travis and Akein Scott fired into the crowd. Twenty people were injured.
Travis and Akein Scott, who previously pleaded guilty to charges related to racketeering, narcotics and crimes of violence, were sentenced today to life in prison for their role in the Mother's Day shootings on May 12, 2013, in which the Scott brothers fired into a crowd at a second line. Nineteen people were hit with gunfire and another was injured in the melee. Among those injured was Gambit second line correspondent Deborah Cotton.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, left, and Dr. Norman McSwain, who attended many of the second line attendees who were shot at the 2013 Mother's Day second line, addressed the media outside LSU-University Medical Center that evening.
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu, left, and Dr. Norman McSwain, who attended many of the second line attendees who were shot at the 2013 Mother's Day second line, addressed the media outside LSU-University Medical Center that evening.
The Scotts were members of the Frenchmen/Derbigny street gang, which sold narcotics and controlled turf in the Seventh Ward. U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle also sentenced two other Scott brothers, Shawn and Stanley Scott, to 40 years in prison for their roles in the racketeering enterprise.

The full statement from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office is below the jump.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

*UPDATE* Second line Sunday: Pigeontown Steppers parade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Rolling Joe, Pigeontown Steppers parade. - CONRAD SAM WYRE
  • CONRAD SAM WYRE
  • Rolling Joe, Pigeontown Steppers parade.

THE ORIGINAL PIGEONTOWN STEPPERS &
THE ORIGINAL LADIES PIGEONTOWN STEPPERS
ANNUAL EASTER SECOND LINE 
*DUE TO RAIN PARADE WILL BEGIN ONE HOUR LATER AT 2 P.M.*
2 p.m.-6 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 27 
Theme: "Sittin' On Top of the World" 
Music by Stooges Brass Band and Da Truth Brass Band

(route details below)

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

St. Josephs' Night, Super Sunday and Single Men Second Line

Posted By on Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Street Culture Extravaganza Saturday and Sunday

St. Josephs' Night

Super Sunday

Single Men's Annual Second Line


Saturday and Sunday, day and night - something for everyone!!!

Details for all three events below...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

City announces street closures for The Passion

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM

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That live musical on the streets of downtown New Orleans this weekend — please say you've heard about Tyler Perry's multimedia extravaganza The Passion — will result in some rolling street closures from the Superdome to Woldenburg Park on Sunday night.

In addition, there will be closures on downtown streets during live rehearsals, which are to be held Friday night and Sunday afternoon. 

Along with that, there will be closures for the Downtown Irish Parade (Thursday night), the St. Joseph's Day parade Saturday night, Super Sunday on Sunday afternoon — we'd better put it all below the cut for you.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Second line Sunday: Keep-N-It Real parade

Posted By on Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 4:06 PM

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  • Edf Casey

Keep-N-It Real Second Line Parade

Sunday, March 13, 2016 12:00 - 4:00pm

Theme: KEEP-N-IT REAL SAY KEEP IT 100!!


(route details below)

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Second line Sunday: VIP Ladies and Kids parade

Posted By on Sat, Mar 5, 2016 at 6:14 PM

VIP Kids
  • LA Reno
  • VIP Kids


VIP LADIES AND KIDS SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB PARADE

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016 12:30-4:30 PM

"Like fine wine, getting better all the time."


(route details below)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mardi Gras Indians announce Super Sunday 2016

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Mardi Gras Indians at Super Sunday in 2014. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • ALEX WOODWARD
  • Mardi Gras Indians at Super Sunday in 2014.

New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indian tribes will parade Uptown Sunday, March 20 for their annual Super Sunday gathering.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council Chief Howard Miller announced the Super Sunday festival begins at 11 a.m. at A.L. Davis Park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street. The parade begins at 1 p.m. There also are performances from Hot 8, Troop, Stooges and TBC brass bands, DJ Jubilee, BRW, DJ Captain Charles and Dave Lemon as well as the Young Men Olympians, Lady Buckjumpers and Step Up/Step Out, among others.

The parade begins at Washington and Lasalle and continues to Simon Bolivar Avenue, turns left on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, left on Claiborne Avenue and left at Washington back to the park.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Second line Sunday: Original C.T.C. Steppers parade

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 2:49 PM

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ORIGINAL C.T.C. STEPPERS PARADE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016 12-4pm

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Second line Sunday: Treme Sidewalk Steppers

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Treme Sidewalk Steppers
  • Treme Sidewalk Steppers
TREME SIDEWALK STEPPERS' ANNUAL SECOND LINE PARADE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016 12-4pm

"Treme Valentine's Day Massacre Breaking Hearts & Blowing Minds"


(route details below)

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Brass band musicians weigh in on monuments controversy with new Mardi Gras song

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 2:45 PM

TBC Brass Band featuring Glen David Andrews perform at Gumbo Fest 2015
  • Shalanda Adams
  • TBC Brass Band featuring Glen David Andrews perform at Gumbo Fest 2015

It seems that everyone who lives in New Orleans whether born and raised or just landed here last week has an opinion on the controversy swirling around what should be done (if anything) with the city’s confederate monuments. In the last six months, the city has become racially charged on subject of whether or not several monuments to the confederacy should be removed. Named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Lee Circle had long been a thorn in the sides of black New Orleanians and Mayor Mitch Landrieu seized the opportunity during the #BlackLivesMatter campaign sweeping the country to recommend that it and the others be removed.

Around the same time the issue began fomenting in City Hall meetings and on talk radio shows, the local brass band scene began bumping a catchy tune after famed New Orleans trombonist Glen David Andrews dropped in on TBC Brass Band’s regular Wednesday night gig at Celebration Hall. The band had been toying with the groove for some months when Andrews jumped up, grabbed the mic and began improvising lyrics, luring the crowd to join in on call and response:

Wild Magnolia! Wild Magnolia!
Big Chief Bo Dollis! Big Chief Bo Dollis!

The club went wild for the song, buckjumping and singing this new ode to one of the city’s most beloved Mardi Gras Indian Chiefs. TBC knew immediately they had another hit on their hands. They began playing the song at second lines with a plan to formally release it Mardi Gras week. But along the way, the song picked up another lyric that took it deeper from cultural to political waters. Last November at the 2015 Gumbo Fest in Armstrong Park, Andrews joined TBC on stage to sing the song and was inspired to add another line (7:55 minute mark):

“We gonna name Lee Circle… after Allen Toussaint!”

(read the rest below the jump!)

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