The Hot 8 Brass Band Plays Mercury Lounge with Gusto


by Andrew Rusli

A balmy LES night. Inside the Mercury Lounge it’s dark and noisy and the crowd is babbling. People in dresses, t-shirts, flannel and collared shirts mingle. The stage is lit in a blue haze that gives the effect of cigarette smoke, though no one is smoking.

“Mic Check 1 2 1 2! How y’all doing out there tonight?!” The Hot 8 Brass Band kicks it off, the crowd is a sea of heads and outstretched hands. It’s party music, a vigorous pulsing New Orleans jazz funk, where the band is from. People dance and sway and sweat, the band yells out call and responses. Horns squeal and wail in syncopation. The entire group performs standing like a marching band, except for the trumpet player in the wheelchair, a double amputee.

Hot 8 plays at one dynamic: loud. It’s forte all the way through, from the singing to the drumming, with hardly any breaks in between songs. The crowd hollers. Their raucous cover of Sexual Healing is the highlight of the night.

As they near the end of the show, the band calls the ladies up to the stage to dance while they pass around a guitar case as a makeshift tip jar. It’s inviting and earnest music, nothing aloof – refreshing to see in a city like New York.

NYC: Nikki Jean In Concert – September 7


The lovely Nikki Jean will be gracing the Mercury Lounge in NYC for a live concert next Wednesday! The performance will be Nikki Jean’s NYC debut and is open to everyone, so make sure to get your tickets! Come out and celebrate Nikki’s first release, Pennies In A Jar! It’s bound to be an incredible night.

Nikki Jean Live In Concert
Wednesday, September 7th

Mercury Lounge
217 E. Houston St.
New York City

Tickets at Ticketmaster

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