BAD CACTUS BRASS BAND

The Bad Cactus Brass Band is a New Orleans Second Line street jazz band based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded by sousaphonist Benjie Messer, their members include many of the fieriest jazz musicians in the Phoenix area.

Their repertoire includes original dance music, funky street beats, traditional dixieland, gospel and swing, and pop songs reinterpreted with a brass band sound. Powered by tuba, drums, trumpets, saxophones, and trombones, the Bad Cactus Brass Band brings a Mardi Gras energy to street corners, festivals, parties, nightclubs, weddings, and funerals.

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Bad Cactus Brass Band burst onto the Phoenix scene in 2009, and within a year their distinctive take on New Orleans jazz and funk had become a prominent voice of the city. Their joyful energy and second line traditions have graced many of the area's biggest festivals, including Phoenix's Fabulous Fourth of July, Tempe's Fiesta Bowl Block Party, Tempe Oktoberfest, Glendale Glitters, the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the Desert Botanical Garden's Luminaria Nights, and free concert series put on Centers for the Arts in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Chandler. They have have been featured on radio and television and have marched in the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts and the Phoenix Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Their performances at charitable events have been sponsored by corporate giving programs of Phoenix's most successful companies. They worked with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership to found the Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade and Festival in 2011, and have provided entertainment for many of the Valley's other Mardi Gras-themed events. In 2012, the New Times named them Phoenix's best traditional New Orleans brass band.

Always on the lookout for new experiences, Bad Cactus Bass Band has performed at elementary schools, picnics, churches, theaters, pep rallies, talent shows, farmers markets, ASU fairs, fraternity parties, pub crawls, block parties, house parties, nightclubs, Chinese restaurants, burlesque shows, weddings, Suns games, casino nights, benefit and charity concerts, Christmas tree lightings, grand openings, corporate luncheons, industry expos, anniversaries, senior centers, and funerals. They have appeared at German events as a polka band, at Jewish events as a klezmer band, and at the Phoenix ComiCon as the world's first New Orleans-style chiptune band. They have performed on street corners, on the light rail, on escalators and in elevators, in record stores and libraries. Musical guerillas, they have paraded uninvited into clubs, stores, and several breakfast establishments before 6:00 AM.

Bad Cactus Brass Band has released two albums, Arizona Mardi Gras and Christmas Cactus. They have toured as far as Moab, Utah, and have opened for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, as well as many of Arizona's most exciting young bands, including Dry River Yacht Club, Captain Squeegee, and the Sugar Thieves.

CAPTAIN SQUEEGEE

"The Gods of Music are not dead! They are coming out of retirement for this young group brimming with talent, enthusiasm, and freshness" (French Critic, Jean-Philip Hauuse). With a tremendous seven-member sound, Captain Squeegee leads a legacy to bend the boundaries of music and offer a mind-blowing experience... sonically, visually, & conceptually. Since their mysterious formation in 2003, they allowed fate to arrange their line-up which kept no original members, and assembled the power-house horn section that defines them today. Captain Squeegee has since performed hundreds of shows, dozens of festivals, released three albums, and manifested multiple music videos. Squeegee's instrumentations and orchestrations have been described as "Fantasia music, with lead singer Danny Torgersen making like Mickey in a swirling maelstrom of flying horns, dancing guitars, broken melodies, and mad-prophet vocalizing" (Phoenix New Times)

Even before their internationally acclaimed full length, Nothing vs Everything (2008), the band had been touring across the southwest, surprising audiences with their unique sound and theatrical live shows, where members are constantly switching instruments & interactive graphics are often projected. With a strong fan-base, and no genre, the band was able to share the stage with main acts like Ludo, The Aquabats, The Ginblossoms, Streetlight Manifesto, As Tall As Lions, and The Cherry Poppin' Daddies... further earning them slots at Edgefest, Tempe Music Festival, & Warped Tour. They were even awarded "Best album of 2008" and "Best hope of 2009" by French web-zine, Progressia, which helped spread the music to Europe and Beyond...

Last year the group paired up with the "Lucidity Web-Saga" as actors and musicians, even writing it's theme song, "Your Own Invention", which they recorded in a pyramid. They now draw large crowds at home, where elaborate shows are themed toward political activism, audience psychic-experimentation, the future, and even The G-20 Summit... "but unpredictable and uncalled for are what Captain Squeegee specializes in." (Pop'Stache Rebiew)

In response to the zombie infested waters of the mainstream, Squeegee will continue to offer a new perspective, driving their fans and future fans to open the mind's eye (and ear)... to "See More Clearly".

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BAD CACTUS BRASS BAND with CAPTAIN SQUEEGEE, Chris Peña Group, Simply Three

Wednesday, July 10 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Rhythm Room

Tickets Available at the Door