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NOLA-Fest is back and bringing the Big Easy to Tulsa! With live music, Cajun-inspired food, pop-up parades and street performers inspired by New Orleans culture, guests will feel as if they are walking the French Quarter! NOLA-Fest’s musical guests include Tulsa’s own COUNT TUTU, Dumpstaphunk and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
4:00 p.m. - COUNT TUTU
5:30 p.m. - Dirty Dozen Brass Band
7:00 p.m. - Dumpstaphunk
Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville's funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. The band recently welcomed their newest member, Alvin Ford Jr. to the quintet, a New Orleans born and raised powerhouse drummer. Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. Songs like "Dancin' To The Truth" off their latest record, Dirty Word (July 30, 2013, Louisiana Red Hot Records), offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note.
Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.
Roger Lewis - Baritone Sax/Vocals
Kevin Harris - Tenor Sax/Vocals
Gregory Davis - Trumpet/Vocals
Kirk Joseph - Sousaphone
TJ Norris - Trombone
Julian Addison - Drums/Vocals
Takeshi Shimmura - Guitar
Count Tutu is a nine-piece socially charged funk ensemble from Tulsa, OK in the business to make you dance all night. Drawing inspiration from James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Rage Against the Machine and Fela Kuti, they blast horn anthems to bring social issues to the table with a side of funk. Co-led by Nathan Wright and Mike Cameron since 2015, they were selected as winners of the Hanson Brothers' Hop Jam New Band contest in 2017, headlined festivals in Kansas City and Fayettville, performed at Mayfest, Easter Island Music Festival, Norman Music Festival, and opened for Andy Frasco, Dirtfoot, and Blues Traveler.
COUNT TUTU website
Dirty Dozen Brass Band website
Dirty Dozen Brass Band Facebook