Soul Rebels on the run again

Magdalena Jurczuk, Staff Reporter

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Despite the multitude of achievements in The Soul Rebels’ repertoire, the group is proving once again that it has much more in store. The New Orleans-based brass band that incorporates elements of almost every musical genre from soul to pop has announced a new 2014 fall tour.

The Soul Rebels seems to attract success. In the last year, the group was chosen to play as the house band for the 2013 NFL Honors Awards Show, and went on to book sold out concerts in New York.  The group is equipped to perform spectacular shows under any circumstances, whether it is televised studio performances, funky New Orleans locales or rowdy music festivals. They are also familiar with performing for foreign crowds, as they have played sets in Canada, Europe, South Africa and Brazil.

The band’s talent is matched with an unwavering dedication to its fans. On December 3, 2013, the group released a free mixtape, “Power=Power.” The tape contains remixes of original material and covers of mainstream hits like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” featuring Bounce and Big Freedia.

The Village Voice accurately described the group’s unfaltering versatility as “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong.” There are few musicians that can boast the ability to collaborate with almost any artist: The Soul Rebels have worked with Metallica, Green Day, Big Freedia and Trombone Shorty, among others. This list of seemingly incompatible names gives credence to the band’s ingenuity.

The Soul Rebels has set up residence at Le Bonne Temps Roulé, a historic New Orleans venue located on Magazine Street. Critics insist that every New Orleans local and visitor must experience the magic of a Soul Rebels performance at this venue particularly. Appropriately, the band is set to leave New Orleans to kickstart the tour after a show there this Thursday.

The Tour runs primarily through the south of the country, with several monthly returns to New Orleans. The band’s travels will culminate in the beginning of December, with final performances at South Africa’s World Jam Music Festival.