Big Brass Bravo! New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band Meets Mariachi MECA

Feb 16 2009 - 7:00pm
Feb 16 2009 - 9:00pm

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Big Brass Bravo! New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band Meets Mariachi MECA
7:00pm, Monday, February 16, 2009
Houston Institute for Culture
708-B Telephone Road @ Lockwood
Houston, Texas 77023

Enjoy an early evening of spirited musical exchange between the New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band and the Mariachi MECA professional ensemble. The music of two different communities come together to share the stage and the spotlight, exploring very different styles of music that display an affection for the power of brass instruments as a centerpiece for their sound. The rollicking fun and the sheer pleasure of mariachi and brass band music will make this event a great family outing. Join us for a lively and friendly battle of the BIG BRASS!

To kick the program off, selected members of each ensemble will participate in a short roundtable about each style of music, describing the history and cultural importance of the music. Visiting University of Houston scholar and ethnomusicologist Steve Azcona and folklorist Pat Jasper will moderate.

The New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band is made up of a group of Houstonians who evacuated for Katrina in 2005 and have remained in the city since. Many of the members still return to tour and play music with noted brass bands in New Orleans every weekend, like the widely popular Soul Rebels. The New Orleans Hustlers is made up entirely of Houston residents, though they maintain the name New Orleans Hustlers in homage to the source of their tradition. The Mariachi MECA professional ensemble is comprised of musicians who serve as teachers in the MECA program and who are therefore actively preserving and passing the music on to a younger generation.

Big Brass Bravo! is a part of the "Houston Meet Houston" Music Project sponsored by the Houston Institute for Culture. Big Brass Bravo! is presented in cooperation with MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through Arts) and the University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies. It is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Houston Arts Alliance.

The event will take place free of charge at Houston Institute for Culture, located near the corner of Telephone and Lockwood, just two miles east of downtown and less than one mile north of University of Houston. Houston Institute for Culture is located in the Tlaquepaque Market, along with Bohemeo's, Kanomwan Thai Restaurant and East End Urban Market.

Houston Institute for Culture

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Houston Institute for Culture & MECA

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Mark Lacy

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