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Virginia's No BS! Brass Band will share the funk with Savannah


Virginia's No BS! Brass Band will share the funk with Savannah

09 Mar 2016

No BS! Brass Band at Stopoover

12:30 a.m. Friday at The Jinx.

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There’s something special about vinyl. It engages the listener and creates motion, contrasting the digital age of music where a computer sits in a corner nonchalantly spinning tunes.

With vinyl, you get up, physically put the on music, flip it over when it’s ready and, as Reggie Pace of the No BS! Brass Band says, “truly experience the music.”

It makes sense that the No BS! Brass Band released their latest album, “Brass Knuckles,” on vinyl. (Don’t worry, digital folks, it’s available on CD and iTunes as well). But the experience of vinyl — the active experience — is much like watching the band live.

“We are always looking to engage with the audience,” said Pace, trombone player and one of the original founders of the group. “We want people to move and we want to move people. It’s all about creating an experience on stage to share.”

And they do. Known for a blend of jazz and hip-hop infused horns, foot-stomping rhythms and original lyrics, No BS! Brass Band brings the party. This time, they’re bringing it to the wee hours of the morning for an inaugural Savannah Stopover performance on March 11 at The Jinx.

The band is traditional brass only in instrumentation, and doesn’t claim that Nawlins’ sound. Instead, they are straight Virginia — a bit of hip-hop, a bit of rock ’n’ roll, a bit of soul.

“That’s what Virginia is,” said Pace, reminding me that Pharrell and D’Angelo both came out of his home state. “We aren’t trying to be something we’re not. We wouldn’t do that to the music.”

Maybe that’s why their name seems so apt. This band isn’t about to BS anyone. In fact, they want to strip all of that BS away.

“No BS! is about getting away from everything, all of it, and just having time with the band, just playing music,” Pace said. “We have a lot of fun. It’s high energy, and ultimately we’re here to entertain.”

With so many musicians sharing the stage, it has the potential to be chaotic, but for the past nine years, the group has made it work. It’s a good mix of right brain/left brain with members boasting resumes that extend beyond the band. A professor plays alongside a computer analyst, alongside a punk rocker alongside a music instructor. Trombone, trumpet, sax, tuba and drums all mesh together flawlessly and the chaos works. And for those in the audience, it doesn’t sound like chaos at all.