When: Tue., April 9, 9 p.m. 2013
By the time New Orleans’s Hot 8 Brass Band released their second studio album, 2012’s The Life & Times Of . . . (Tru Thoughts), seven years had passed since their debut—seven very difficult years. With any luck the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the death of drummer Dinerral Shavers—the third member of the band to be murdered since it formed in 1995—will be the worst of the trials they have to endure, and in any case the new album carries a spirit of guarded triumph. On the post-Katrina anthem “New Orleans (After the City),” members of the group rap over fat-bottomed second-line funk: “City’s still rebuilding, but it’s cool to me / Cause ain’t no place up in this world like New Orleans.” The Hot 8 have mastered the jazz-leaning brass-band repertoire (reportedly the substance of their next album), but here they revel in jacked-up party music: there’s “Let Me Do My Thing,” with a heavy hip-hop flavor and furious guest rapping by Alvarez Huntley and Shamarr Allen, as well as a cover of Basement Jaxx’s Latinized house track “Bingo Bango” (the Hot 8 play on the British duo’s most recent album, Scars). The churning “Can’t Hide From the Truth” sends a message to the NOPD about their fatal shooting of trombonist Joseph “Shotgun Joe” Williams in 2004, and an inventive version of the Specials classic “Ghost Town” transforms it into a lament for the Crescent City. —Peter Margasak Bumpus and DJRC open.