Saturday, October 28, 2006


One of the few things missing from the Hub of the Universe here is a good call and response from the stage of a trombone playing band, yelling out "Tuba, Tuba, Tuba, Tuba!!!", with the audience responding in kind.

That however is one of the great things you will find in New Orleans. I recently had the good fortune of attending a CD recording concert at Tipitina's, legendary home of professor Longhair, just down on Tchoupitoulas Street.

BONERAMA is the name of the band, made up of 4 trombone players, a bass tuba, guitarist, and alternating drummers. OF course their fans wear the obligatory "Got Bone" t-shirts which never cease to upperly crease my smile.

They do covers, originals, solos, improv's, but the highlight for me was the extended solo of the Bass Tuba covering Helter Skelter by the Beatles. You don't see too many Tuba players in Boston jumping up and down mid-solo with excitement. That's the kind of energy you get for live performance in the crescent city. Won't see that at Symphony Hall.

Find their cd when it comes out and Enjoy: Tuba, Tuba, Tuba, Tuba

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