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Preview: Treme Creole Gumbo Festival 

Rebirth, Hot 8 and To Be Continued are among the brass bands at this gumbo party

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival features several types of gumbo, including meat, seafood and vegan versions, and other Creole favorites. This year's music lineup offers an array of brass band styles and contemporary stalwarts Rebirth, Hot 8, To Be Continued and others. Traditional groups include Onward, Eureka and Treme, as well as bands associated with the revitalization of brass band music, when Danny Barker trained a generation of young musicians to play in the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. Fairview now is led by Lucien Barbarin, and it and Fairview veteran Leroy Jones' Original Hurricane Brass Band performs at the festival. Alternative brass bands include the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's brass band and Martin Krusche's Magnetic Ear, an avant-garde jazz ensemble that takes its own approach to brass band music, incorporating hits by Prince and others into its repertoire. Trumpeter Shamarr Allen (pictured), backed by DJ Chicken, will play a set of pop songs. There also is an art market and kids' activities. Admission is free, and there's free parking on Saturday in the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts lot. That lot charges $15 on Sunday.


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