December 09, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will present New Orleans-based Hot 8 Brass Band on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Backyard Broadcasting.

Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for over a decade. The band plays the traditional Second Line parades, hosted each Sunday afternoon by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, infusing their performances with the funk and energy that makes New Orleans music loved around the world.

The Hot 8 Brass Band members were born and raised in New Orleans and many began playing together in high school. What make the Hot 8 so special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn instruments.

BestofNewOrleans.com calls them "... one of the best brass bands in the city ..." and the San Francisco Chronicle says "... [they are] one of New Orleans' hottest young street bands ..."

Members of the Hot 8 Brass Band have toured in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, England and Sardinia. The band performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and at world and jazz festivals across the U.S. and Europe. Members of the band have been featured in both Spike Lee documentaries, When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise. The band was also featured in the second season of the HBO series Tremé

They appeared at The Apollo with Dr. John, Lou Reed, Nicolas Payton and others for the annual Great Day in Harlem. The Hot 8 has released three critically acclaimed recordings and is featured on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording on Time-Life Records.

The Hot 8 Brass Band has been part of an important relief project following Hurricane Katrina. SAVE OUR BRASS! is a local grass-roots project that has brought music and instruments to shelters, temporary trailer parks, and communities across the Gulf Coast.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for non-Bucknell students and $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a multimedia/world music performance by Tanya Tagaq on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, located at 413 Market St. in downtown Lewisburg. Inuit throat singer, improviser and two-time Juno Award nominee Tagaq reclaims the controversial 1922 silent film classic Nanook of the North. Tagaq, along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, will perform a live accompaniment to the film's silent images of life in an early 20th-century Inuit community in Northern Quebec. Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $5 for youth 18 and under, $5 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $5 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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