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Announcement :: Labor : Politics : Race
2nd year Commereration of Hurricane Katrina-MUSIC AND POLITICS
17 Aug 2007
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The Hot 8 Brass Band continues their tour of the United States and abroad with their next stops to occur at Boston’s famous Wally’s Jazz Café and the 12th annual Cambridge Caribbean Festival. The Hot 8 are a part of the Finding Our Folk Tour, which was created after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. FOF seeks to raise the voices of Katrina's survivors and connects them with the voices of Katrina survivors and men and women in all corners of the country who remain on the margins of citizenship. The Hot 8 Brass Band; themselves, displaced after Hurricane Katrina through their music helps reconnect people throughout the country and world to the rich traditions, history and culture of New Orleans.
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On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 and Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 the Hot 8 will perform for free at Wally’s Jazz Café, between 5 -9pm and will be presenting a series of workshops each afternoon at the Area IV youth center for students from the non-profit organization the Young Peoples Project and the Cambridge Youth Centers.

On Sunday, August 26th, 2007 the Hot 8 will lead the parade and perform twice at the Cambridge Caribbean Festival, The Cambridge Caribbean Festival is an annual event that attracts more than 100.000 people. The parade will begin at 12:30pm and Hot 8 performances will commence at 3:00pm and 4:30pm on the small and main stages.
Since 1995, the Hot 8 Brass Band has been dedicated to bringing the jazzy harmonies of New Orleans street music to whoever may listen. It was not until after Hurricane Katrina, however, that Hot 8 became known nationwide.

Featured on CNN, Nightline, in the New York Times, and most notably in Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”, Hot 8’s work with the Finding Our Folk Tour has brought music to evacuee shelters, temporary trailer parks, and to communities throughout the US that have provided a temporary home to displaced New Orleanians. Like all of New Orleans, the Hot 8 Brass Band has had its share of tragedy in the aftermath of Katrina.

In addition to displacement caused by the storm and subsequent violence and uncertainty contained therein, drummer Deferral Shavers was shot and killed in late 2006 while driving with his wife and child in New Orleans. In addition, two other members of the band have lost their lives due to violence on the city streets. In response to these tragic setbacks, the Hot 8 Brass Band has recommitted itself to bringing people together through their unique brand of music to celebrate, to heal and to learn.

This passion for music and social outreach led to an integral role contributing to the success of the Finding Our Folk Tour. As the Hot 8 struggles with personal loss, they share the lives and stories through the words, instruments and music. The fact that they continue to perform and carry on the legacy and traditions of New Orleans is a testament to the resistance, struggle and survival of the residents of the Gulf Coast.

The Hot 8 have played in the Village Halloween Parade, Putmayo World Music’s Concert of Thanksgiving (New Orleans, November 2005), South by Southwest Festival, Lee’s twentieth anniversary celebration of Forty Acres and Mule (New York, April 2006), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Southern Comfort Music Experience (Atlanta, May 2006).
For more information or to interview the Hot 8 Brass Band please contact Rosa Clemente and check out our websites@,; and check out the Finding Our Folk Tour website at,
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