Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mardi Gras Free Shows

It's that time of year again folks. It's Mardi Gras time!!! In an attempt to make this year special, and to thank all of our fans for the love and support you have shown us, Rebirth is doing 3 FREE SHOWS at the Howlin' Wolf!!!

The first show will be with a local soon-to-be legendary act The Revivalists on Thursday, February 19.

On Friday the 20th we will be featuring our good friends The Soul Rebels Brass Band.

And on Saturday we will be playing with everybody's favorite, Papa Grows Funk.

All shows start at 11pm and are ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! So, come on out to the Howlin' Wolf on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the best music that New Orleans has to offer.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tuba Phil's Return!!!

The wonderful folks at Nola.com sent Lauren Wilbert, one of their producers, to the return appearance of Tuba Phil at the Howlin Wolf a couple of weeks ago. Lauren was kind enough to shoot some footage of the show and do an interview with Phil after the band was done.

Thanks Lauren and Nola.com for the support, and for sharing this wonderful moment with us!!

Rebirth Brass Band's "Tuba" Phil makes his return at Howlin' Wolf.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Shout Out from Carson Daly

Last year Carson Daly wrote a brief piece in his blog about Rebirth celebrating their 25th anniversary. Cool! Thanks Carson! Now if you could just get us a spot on Last Call?!

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Sixty One

In an attempt to utilize as many different forms of social media as we can to spread the word of Rebirth to the world, we have joined a site called The Sixty One (follow this link to the site). For all of you who are unfamiliar; The Sixty One is part social network, part new music, and part competition. Bands submit their music. Fans join and are given a number of points. Fans get to "bump" up songs that they like. Bumping an artist or band costs the fan a certain number of points, however if other fans bump the song you are rewarded points for liking good music.

I (Matt, Rebirth's blog lackey) originally joined the site as a fan who wanted to discover new music. I didn't originally participate in the competition aspect of the site (and that's okay if you just want to listen to new music), but as I grew to the site I began bumping artists and became infected by the competition.

I say this to encourage you all to try it out!!! If for no other reason than to show some support for Rebirth on a new form of social media, but also so you can enjoy this cool new idea. So visit the site and show some love for your favorite New Orleans band!! We've only been on the site for less than a week and we've already gotten over 130 bumps between the two songs. We're well on our way to taking over!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Rebirth Design Contest

Rebirth Brass Band, as a whole, has always been a grassroots organization. For the majority of the band's career they have always epitomized the concept of "Do-it-yourself." This ethic has been vastly supported by a crew of fans that would rush to Rebirth's rescue anytime there was a need that couldn't be fulfilled "in house."

Now that D.I.Y spirit has been carried over to the online world. If you haven't noticed, Rebirth has recently spread its love to several new forms of social media. We have renewed our efforts to keep up our MySpace and Facebook, along with starting a Twitter site, YouTube channel, and this blog. All of these have proven invaluable in helping us keep our fans up-to-date with all the developments in the Rebirth world, and we want to keep that flow goin'!!!

Rebirth's management team (the fine folks at the Howlin Wolf) has designers on-staff that have provided many of our fantastic web designs and logos in the past. However, we thought it would be a great opportunity to give YOU, our fans, a chance to contribute to the Rebirth legacy!

We are asking any and all designers (or even wannabe designers) to participate in our very first "Rebirth Design Contest." We are looking specifically for web banners (for our blog and a new website), but any and all designs will be accepted and considered. The winners will receive a ton of swag (tshirts, CDs, and tickets), along with mentions, attribution, and website links on all of our various sites (free promotion for you). However, the real prize will be knowing that a piece of your art will become a part of the symbolism that has made Rebirth the worldwide icon that it has always been.

The theme of your submission can be anything you like. Just keep in mind that Rebirth recently celebrated its 25th year of bringing the sound of New Orleans to the world! For further info or to submit a design, please contact Matt Bodie at bodie.matt@gmail.com. We will be posting these designs from time to time, and we may even work out a way that our fans can vote for the winner.

Thank you all for everything that you have already done for The Rebirth Brass Band. Whether it be coming to a show, buying a CD, or showing us some love on MySpace and Twitter, your support has made Rebirth what it is. We can only hope that you, like us, want to continue that love for 25 more years!!