When: Sat., Oct. 4 2014
brass hop, 10 p.m.
The Pocket Aces Brass Band is bringing New Orleans’ rich music history to Charleston through rhythm and rhyme. Founders and childhood friends, trumpet player Jimmie Reamey and sousaphonist Geoffrey Guillot assembled a group of musicians from various backgrounds to honor the city they love. Lyricist Kyle Scivicque, trumpet player David Melancon, trombonist Justin Pardue, snare drummer Daniel Camardelle, bass drummer Tomidee Guillot, tenor saxophonist David Polk, and trombonist Asher Ross come together to put a NOLA twist on the music they grew up loving. “If you’re a kid and you have the musical gift, you get an urge to create music,” says Guillot. “It just makes a certain kind of sense for us to want to play brass-band music. It’s in our blood.” Pocket Aces is coming off the release of their debut album In My City. It’s full of good-time tracks that will have your head bobbing for days. The title track is the only original material on the record, but Pocket Aces does such a great job putting the NOLA flavor on these tracks while also making them their own. “We could play only tunes that were written in or about New Orleans, but that lacks a broader appeal,” says Guillot. “The brass band sound is foreign to a lot of people, so it’s a way to bridge the gap.” —J. Chapa SATURDAY