Best of the Beat Award-winning brass band The Soul Rebels will be very busy for Jazz Fest 2018, performing a slew of shows in conjunction with a bevy of New Orleans all-stars. Shared exclusively with OffBeat.com, the group’s Jazz Fest 2018 schedule is as follows:
Thursday, April 26: Thursday night house party at Le Bon Temps Roule
Friday, April 27: The Soul Rebels with Tank and the Bangas & Big Freedia at Tipitina’s (stay tuned for a ticket giveaway!)
Saturday, April 28: Trombone Shorty’s Treme Threauxdown with Matisyahu & Big Freedia at the Saenger Theatre
Tuesday, May 1: GiveNOLA Fest at the Greater New Orleans Foundation on St. Charles
Thursday, May 3: Shorty Fest with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Tank and the Bangas & More at the House of Blues / Thursday night house party at Le Bon Temps Roule
Friday, May 4: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest at the Fair Grounds / Late night show at d.b.a.
Of the upcoming performances, band member Lumar Leblanc tells OffBeat, “We’re excited to engage in a series of awesome shows including playing with our friend Big Freedia and debuting with Matisyahu at the Saenger Theatre. Also, we’re presenting our annual triple-threat show with Tank And The Bangas and Big Freedia at Tipitina’s on April 27, which is historic. Our main focus is always our Jazz Fest proper set. This year we’re booked on May 4, right before LL Cool J. Its an honor to go on before him, we have many mutual friends and collaborators connected with LL, being that we’re so active in hip-hop culture, particularly in New York City. We’re honored to have such a jam-packed Jazz Fest week. Playing for new and old fans throughout the week is the main highlight.”
In addition to The Soul Rebels’ upcoming hometown appearances, the band has been on the road, racking up stunning accomplishments. In February, they were featured musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. March was even more incredible, with a performance of the national anthem in Madison Square Garden, a Radio City Musical Hall appearance with G-Eazy, a taping of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series and an appearance on the Netflix series Rapture alongside Nas. This month, The Soul Rebels made an appearance as an official TED Conference performing artist and will debut in South Korea and return to Japan. As if all of that were not enough, they are in the midst of a recording process for a new album.
More information and tickets to The Soul Rebels’ shows can be purchased here.