Even in a city that doesn’t play by the rules, New Orleans’ Bonerama is something different. They can evoke vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation in the same set; maybe even the same song. Bonerama has been repeatedly recognized by Rolling Stone, hailed as “the ultimate in brass balls” (2005) and praised for their “…crushing ensemble riffing, human-feedback shrieks and wah-wah growls” (2007). Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown; what other brass band could snag an honor for “Best Rock Band” (Big Easy Awards 2007)? As co-founder Mark Mullins puts it, “We thought we could expand what a New Orleans brass band could do. Bands like Dirty Dozen started the “anything goes” concept, bringing in the guitars and the drum kit and using the sousaphone like a bass guitar. We thought we could push things a little further.”
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In May of 2013, Bonerama released their new studio album Shake it Baby. The album marks the band’s sixth major release in their storied 15-year history and includes nine new original songs written by the band’s co-founders Mark Mullins and Craig Klein. Special guests appearing on the album include Dr. John, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), George Porter Jr. (Meters), Dave Malone (Radiators) and Mike Dillon (Les Claypool). Shake It Baby further represents the band’s ever-evolving, unique sound of combining brass, funk and rock with jazz, gospel, blues and even a touch of reggae.