From KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez:

I remember being hipped to Hypnotic Brass Ensemble after hearing them cover “What’s My Name” by Snoop Dog, which they dubbed “Rock With The Hot 8“.

The song was filled with spirit and soul only heard on the streets of New Orleans or in Chi Town.

I began to do my research and found these eight brothers from the southside of Chicago  were also doing gigs with Mos Def, Tony Allen, Maxwell and Erykah Badu.  “Spottie” is another perfect example of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble reworking a Hip Hop classic – Outkast’s “Spottieottiedopalicious”– with layers upon layers of horns.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Spottie by ArtDontSleep

Download that track, and another called “Starfighter”, here.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble has a very special live appearance coming up on Feburary 23 at the Downtown Exchange in Los Angeles that you won’t want to miss. It will feature a rare appearance from their father – jazz musician and musicologist Phil Cohran – as well as Venice Dawn w/ William Hart of the Delfonics, Dj Spinna, Lefto and yours truly.

Drop us a comment below.

We’ll randomly select one to send you and a friend to see the show and stop by the merch table to pick up Lefto’s Universal Magnetic mix CD with T-Shirt and DJ Spinna’s Future Shock mix CD. Cool!

Drop your comment now, we’ll select a winner on Tuesday, Feb 14.

Don’t forget to leave your email address in the appropriate field, so we have a way to contact you!
Tickets can be purchased at www.artdontsleep.com. Full details below!

Thursday February 23rd, 2012 :: 8pm-2am

EVFA & ArtDontSleep present: Homage

Live Performances by: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble feat Phil Cohran

Opening Performance by: Venice Dawn feat William Hart (Delfonics)

Main Room DJs: DJ Spinna & Lefto

Lounge DJ’s: Anthony Valadez, Expo, Seano, Rani D.

LOCATION:

Exchange LA :: 618 S. Spring Street :: Los Angeles, CA 90014 :: (213) 627-8070

TICKETS:

21 +
25$ presale :: 30$ @ the door

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  • Lisa

    Can't imagine a better way to spend the night than listening to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Wow!

  • Chris

    Thanks for turning me on to these guys KCRW, so suave and cool. Would love to see them perform live.

  • Senthil Kumar

    Thanks to KCRW. I am starting to listen to music which I’ve never heard before.

  • https://www.facebook.com/cindy.kerber Cindy Kerber

    I've been trying to catch Hypnotic Brass Ensemble live for a while, with no luck. I'd love to see them – and Anthony Valadez!

  • Melissa

    Love them, hope i win!

  • Robert Martinez

    This is going to me amazing. I hope you pick me!

  • Marina Paiz

    so fantastic!

  • craig johnson

    Ready to listen and see !!!!

  • Catherine

    SOOOOOOOOOO DOPE! I can’t wait to check these guys out. Thanks for the downloads!!

    Catherine

  • Dina

    Would be amazing to see and hear them live.

  • Heidi

    I saw these guys perform in the Jules Holland show a couple of years ago. Would love to experience the energy of their music live. It’s also my husband’s bday. What a great way to celebrate!

  • CMC

    Love Sufjan Stevens! Thanks Chris for playing Sufjan at 1:34 pm Sat.

  • Heythatsmesir

    I am super broke and have to teach early on Friday morning but there is no way I will miss this show. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is pure groove.

  • http://www.endproduct.net avel

    This is the best way to hear live hiphop. respects kcrw

  • Tamara

    Now this is what L.A. is all about! Nothing like a brass bands' re-work o' the hip hop classics! What better way to spend your Thurs. night?! -T

  • antvala

    Hey everyone! This is going to be an amazing night. Good luck to every one!

    -av

  • Andreas Ohan

    Really excited about this tremendous show. A big thank you to ArtDontSleep and EVFA for putting on quality events like this In LA. The last Roy Ayers event was a blast.

  • http://Aonspot.com Audrey Avila

    This event sounds amazing!! Jazz, dope djs n an awesome venue can’t ask for much more.

  • http://kristoner.wordpress.com kristine

    LA is so lucky to have performances like this

  • Kim

    I love brass bands! My two favorite "spontaneous concert" memories were of brass bands! Would love to go!

  • Christina

    Would love to hear these guys live! :fingers x'd: