Bonerama Hits Colorado
When Bonerama struts onstage with its four-trombone frontline, you can guess it's not quite like any rock 'n' roll band you've seen. When they tear into some vintage New Orleans funk, there's no questioning from which city these guys hail. And when those 'bones start ripping into Hendrix and Led Zeppelin licks, all stylistic bets are off.
Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown. Hailed by Rolling Stone's David Fricke as "The ultimate in brass balls" last Fall, the band served as the House Band for the live all-star comedy event COMIC RELIEF. The 2006 event, which featured a long list of A-talent including hosts Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, was recorded live from Ceasar's Palace last November. Recently, Bonerama snagged the coveted "Best Rock Band" honor from the 2007 Big Easy Awards.
Since live performance is what Bonerama is all about, it's no coincidence that their third album, Bringing It Home, is also their third consecutive live disc. It also testifies to the amount of tightening-up the band's done in recent years. Joining another stack of Bonerama originals are covers ranging from the Meters and George Porter Jr. to the Beatles (two from the White Album, no less) to Thelonious Monk. And when they take on Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" - with trombones doing the familiar backing vocals along with the big guitar riff - you can practically hear the audience's jaws dropping.
The current list of confirmed Bonerama tour dates is as follows:
July 29 Fox Theater Boulder CO
July 30 The Eldo Crested Butte CO
July 31 Snowmass Village Snowmass CO
August 01 Cervantes Denver CO
August 02 Copper Triangle Bike Race Copper Mountain CO
August 14 Gerald Veasleys Jazz Base Reading PA
August 15 Chenango Blues Festival Norwich NY
August 16 Hot August Blues Festival Cockeyville MD
August 17 Town Point Summer Concert Series Norfolk VA
August 20 GottRocks Greenville SC
August 21 Smith's Old Bar Atlanta GA
August 22 The Nick Birmingham AL
August 23 Two Stick Market Oxford MS
August 29 On The Waterfront Rockford IL
August 30 Detroit International Jazz Festival Detroit MI
August 31 The Livery Benton Harbor MI
September 12 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Fredericton NB
September 26 Skippers Smokehouse Tampa FL
September 27-28 Hollywood Beach Clambake Festival Hollywood FL
October 03 The Green Room Music Club Covington LA
October 05 Gretna Hertitage Festival Gretna LA
October 10 The Loki Festival Millers River NC
October 25 VooDoo Music Experience New Orleans LA
November 08 Berlin Jazz Festival Berlin Germany
January 04 Jam Cruise 7 Ft. Lauderdale FL
More dates will be announced.
Even in a city that doesn't play by the rules, New Orleans' Bonerama is something different. They're not a traditional brass band, but they've got brass to spare-even with no trumpets or saxes in sight. Bonerama features a dizzying display of trombone talent; four trombones, to be exact. Band leaders Mark Mullins and Craig Klein (of Harry Connick's band) shelf any jazz subtlety for Bonerama, opting instead for heavy funk, rock 'n' roll, and pure horn muscle. Mullins and Klein are joined by fellow boners Steve Suter and Rick Trolsen, imaginative and dynamic sousaphone player Matt Perrine and edgy experimental guitarist Bert Cotton. The band also features a rotating cast of New Orleans' finest drummers, including Russell Batiste, Stanton Moore, Eric Bolivar, and Terence Higgins.