Dirty Dozen Brass Band

It's been almost 40 years since New Orleans' famed Dirty Dozen Brass Band struck its first note for audiences in the Seventh Ward.

Throughout the years, the seven-piece funk and jazz band has reinvented the boundaries of traditional brass bands and become one of the longest-running and most influential groups within the internationally acclaimed New Orleans music culture.

With more than a dozen albums released, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has recorded and/or performed with the likes of Elvis Costello, Dizzy Gillespie, the Black Crowes and Norah Jones, among others, as a respected member of jazz and funk purists with progressive tendencies.

The band will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Last Waltz Ensemble. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show slated to begin at 8:45 p.m.

Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.

People's Blues of Richmond

Some bands are born out of necessity, the ever-pining need to say something that has long gone unsaid perhaps.

You can hear it when it happens. It's in the yearning and accordant disarray. It's in the believability of the conviction and the stirring of the song itself, in the vocal wavering of sanity bursting forth mercilessly, too.

It's all there in the young trio from Virginia known as People's Blues of Richmond, a band that was started by college friends Tim Beavers and Matt Volkes to mourn the death of a close friend.

The band's debut was recorded in two days in 2010 and sounds like a psychedelic-blues exorcism that's equal parts quirky, spooky and detoxifying.

The album earned the friends comparisons to classic rock outfits they'd idolized and ushered in a new tier of venues, producers and musicianship, which ultimately culminated in the recording of last year's "Good Time Suicide."

To date, the band has played with Black Joe Lewis, Ghostland Observatory and Galactic to support the new album.

The People's Blues of Richmond will perform Thursday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with The Marcus King Band. Tickets are $5 at the door, with the show starting at 9 p.m.

Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925 for more information.


Probably the last place you would expect to hear the beginnings of a new music sensation is on the front porch of a Massachusetts frat house, spitting from the mouths of a couple of college bros sporting the latest Air Flights and clean cuts; but the last place you would expect to look is often where you find the biggest surprises.

Such a fortune cookie statement holds true for Boston-based duo Fresh Aer Movement, or simply Aer.

Equal parts MCs and acoustic singers, David von Mering and Carter Schultz released their debut mixtape, "The Reach," in 2011, an online introduction to audiences that has garnered well over 100,000 downloads. The pair played off of the mixtape's success by releasing its debut EP, "What You Need," in October of the same year.

The EP quickly became the number one album on the iTunes hip-hop charts, eventually climbing into the Top 10 on the iTunes overall album charts.

The duo's full-length debut "The Bright Side" was released during the summer of 2012, climbing in popularity on the heels of the group's popular singles "Feel I Bring," "Like the Way" and "Floats My Boat."

To date, Aer has grown its following after well-received performances alongside Mac Miller, Shwayze, Cisco Adler and others.

Aer will perform Saturday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Ground Up and DJ Smiles. Tickets are $15-$18 and are available at the door or online at Ticketfly.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.

Go to MusicFarm.com or call 577-6989 for more information.