PRESS KIT 

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PRESS

 

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Black Market Brass is so much more than just a brass band. They mix afro-funk elements with what you would expect from a brass band and then tie it up in a beautiful bow of energy.

Girl at the Rock Shows

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Black Market Brass blasted noisily through six deep-grooving instrumental jams that had some audience members plugging their ears but more shaking their tails.

Chris Reimenschneider, Star Tribune

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The 10-piece Black Market Brass has become an unlikely go-to summer party band in Minnesota.

Chris Reimenschneider, Star Tribune

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Black Market Brass hit the road last month with a good buzz in support of its debut album for Secret Stash Records, “Cheat and Start a Fight.” The LP’s 10 original, all-instrumental tunes are kept tight and compact by Afrobeat standards, with grooves changing from manic-paced fire-starters to slower-steaming psychedelica.

Chris Reimenschneider and Jon Bream, Star Tribune

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Live on After Hours

With only a 7" single to their name, the expansive Afrobeat group Black Market Brass have gained local notoriety solely on the strength of their live shows, which can be engaging, hypnotic, and irresistibly groovy.

Andrea Swensson, The Current

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The band’s stamina was unbelievable — from the moment the curtain lifted to the end of the very last note, there was hardly a moment without music. The result was a continuous wall of Afrobeat that washed over the crowd and felt like a tangible force flowing from the speakers for those in the front few rows...Black Market Brass were a powerhouse of sound and energy.

Lillian Speakman, The Current

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We reached out to Pierre Chrétien from Souljazz Orchestra, who knows his way around an Afrobeat tune, to hear his thoughts on the band’s sound. Says Chrétien, “It sounds amazing. Definitely no lack of sweat and stink here!” No disagreements here.

Wax Poetics

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Cheat and Start a Fight, on the local Secret Stash label...presents a band brimming with confidence, power, and increasingly eclectic original material. It’s gutty, exuberant music that’ll raise a sweat in any climate.

Jay Boller, City Pages
6th Place
Twin Cities Critics Tally

Black Market Brass placed 6th in the TCCT rating of best live acts in 2014.

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Black Market Brass are taking the Afro Beat scene by storm. Their latest output on Secret Stash Records, “Big Muffler” is getting major props since it’s been out. Already featured in Wax Poetics as a download of the day, this 45 is filling dance floors and taking names, because this is just the beginning.

Flea Market Funk

PAST SHOWS

2017

10/14 — Indeed Hullabaloo — Minneapolis, MN
10/14 — Brew-N-Stew — Minneapolis, MN
10/5 — 7th St. Entry — Minneapolis, MN
10/1 — Mockbee — Cincinnati OH
9/3 — Meeting of the Minds — Schuylkill Haven, PA
9/29 — C'mon Everybody — Brooklyn, NY
9/28 — Hive Mind — Akron, OH
9/27 — High Noon Saloon — Madison WI
9/23 — Surly Fest — Minneapolis, MN
9/10 — Rock Bend Folk Festival — St. Peter MN
9/9 — Fulton Tap Room — Minneapolis, MN
8/26 — Sinclair Depot — Minneapolis, MN
8/25 — Door County Brewing — Bailey’s Harbor, WI
8/19 — Ice House — Minneapolis, MN
8/13 — Borough Block Party — Minneapolis, MN
8/6 — Red Stag Block Party — Minneapolis, MN
6/22 — Twin Cities Jazzfest — St. Paul, MN
5/28 — Revival Fest — Harmony MN
5/28 — Memory Lanes Block Party — Minneapolis, MN
5/20 — Bauhaus "Liquid Zoo" Art-A-Whirl — Minneapolis, MN
5/13 — Cariba Days — Minneapolis, MN
4/22 — Hymie's Record Store Day — Minneapolis, MN
4/15 — Mid West Music Fest — Lacrosse WI
4/1 — MN Rollergirls Halftime Show — Minneapolis, MN
2/24 — Plaid Room Records — Cincinnati OH
2/10 — Skyway Theater — Minneapolis, MN
1/28 — Martyrs' — Chicago IL
1/27 — 89.3 Current B-day Party @ 1st Avenue — Minneapolis, MN
1/27 — Rex's — Duluth MN
1/6 — Lake Effect Music Fest @ Papa Charlie's — Lutsen MN

2016

11/23 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
11/12 — Hook and Ladder Theater — Minneapolis, MN
11/5 — The Maison — New Orleans, LA
11/4 — Limelight — San Antonio, TX
11/3 — The Prophet Bar — Dallas, TX
10/16 — Hymie's Vintage Records — Minneapolis, MN
10/9 — Vendemmia 2016 — Minneapolis, MN
9/21 — Red Herring — Duluth, MN
9/17 — Turf Club — St. Paul, MN
8/19 — The Rock Island Brewing Co. — Rock Island, IL
8/14 — Red Stag Supperclub — Minneapolis, MN
8/6 — Walker Art Center — Minneapolis, MN
8/3 — Mill City Museum — Minneapolis, MN
7/22 — Amsterdam Bar & Hall — Saint Paul, MN
6/25 — TC Jazz Fest Kellog Park  — Minneapolis MN
6/10 — James Ballentine VFW Post  — Minneapolis, MN
6/10 — Rice Park — Saint Paul, MN
5/21 — Bauhaus Brew Labs — Minneapolis, MN
5/7 — Des Moines Social Club — Des Moines, IA
4/16 — Hymie's Vintage Records — Minneapolis, MN
2/27 — Des Moines Social Club — Des Moines, IA
2/26 — Yacht Club — Iowa City, IA
2/25 — Ed's No-Name-Bar — Winona, MN
2/12 — High Noon Saloon — Madison, WI
1/23 — MN Rollergirls Halftime Show — Minneapolis, MN

2015

12/12 — Cabooze — Minneapolis, MN
11/25 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
10/9 — Memory Lanes Bowl Inc — Minneapolis, MN
9/12 — Summit — Saint Paul, MN
8/16 — Borough Minneapolis — Minneapolis, MN
8/2 — Red Stag Supperclub — Minneapolis, MN
7/31 — First Avenue & 7th St Entry — Minneapolis, MN
7/26 — Atwood Festival — Madison, WI
7/18 — Log Jam Festival — Stillwater, MN
7/18 — Roots Rock and Deep Blues Festival — Minneapolis, MN
6/26 — Amsterdam Bar & Hall — Saint Paul, MN
6/13 — coup d’état — Minneapolis, MN
5/16 — Bauhaus Brew Labs — Minneapolis, MN
4/24 — Mid West Music Fest — Winona, MN
4/4 — Chop Shop & 1st Ward — Chicago, IL
4/3 — High Noon Saloon — Madison,WI
3/20 — Turf Club — St. Paul, MN
3/13 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MNJanuary 2015
3/31 — Cabooze — Minneapolis,MN

2014

10/10 — Mill City Nights — Minneapolis, MN
9/12 — The Triple Rock Social Club — Minneapolis, MN
8/30 — Cedar Cultural Center — Minneapolis, MN
8/28 — Cabooze — Minneapolis, MN
8/10 — Borough Minneapolis — Minneapolis, MN
8/9 — Pizza Luce — Minneapolis, MN
7/18 — First Avenue & 7th St Entry — Minneapolis, MN
6/28 — Cabooze — Minneapolis, MN
6/27 — Twin Cities Pride — Minneapolis, MN
6/26 — Amsterdam Bar & Hall — Saint Paul, MN
5/10 — First Avenue & 7th St Entry — Minneapolis, MN
4/25 — Icehouse — Minneapolis, MN
3/22 — The Triple Rock Social Club — Minneapolis, MN
2/22 — Cause Spirits & Soundbar — Minneapolis, MN
1/24 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
1/18 — Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant — Minneapolis, MN
1/11 — First Avenue & 7th St Entry — Minneapolis, MN

2013

12/31 — Lee's Liquor Lounge — Minneapolis, MN
12/20 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
12/14 — Turf Club — St. Paul, MN
12/8 — Driftwood — Minneapolis, MN
12/7Memory Lanes Bowl Inc — Minneapolis, MN
12/6 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
11/30 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
11/28 — Whiskey Junction — Minneapolis, MN
10/26 — Alvord Theater — Ashland,WI
9/27 — Soap Factory — Minneapolis, MN
9/21 — Books for Africa — Saint Paul, MN
9/13 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
8/25 — Borough Minneapolis — Minneapolis, MN
8/3 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
7/26 — Cedar Cultural Center — Minneapolis, MN
7/20 — Palmer's Bar — Minneapolis, MN
7/3 — Icehouse — Minneapolis, MN
6/26 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
6/20 — Cabooze — Minneapolis, MN
6/13 — Bedlam Lowertown — Saint Paul, MN
5/30 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
5/24 — Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant — Minneapolis, MN
5/23 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
5/16 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
5/9 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
5/2 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
5/1 — Icehouse — Minneapolis, MN
4/21 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
4/13 — Hell's Kitchen — Minneapolis, MN
4/7 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
3/27 — Cabooze — Minneapolis, MN
3/25 — Whiskey Junction — Minneapolis, MN
3/24 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
3/6 — Icehouse — Minneapolis, MN
1/27 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
1/20 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
1/13 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
1/11 — Hell's Kitchen — Minneapolis, MN
1/6 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN

2012

12/29 — Red Sea Restaurant & Bar — Minneapolis, MN
12/8 — Driftwood — Minneapolis, MN
12/7 — Memory Lanes Bowl Inc — Minneapolis, MN
12/6 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN
11/23 — Cabooze — Minneapolis, MN
11/2 — Nomad World Pub — Minneapolis, MN