The Rebirth Brass Band to bring its NOLA sound to NYS Blues Fest

Trumpeter Glen Andrews, who performs in Syracuse this weekend as a member of the Rebirth Brass Band, hails from one of New Orleans' many musical families.

Andrews' dad was a drummer and several of his cousins are well-known working musicians in and around the Crescent City.

His relatives include trumpeter James Andrews, known as the Satchmo of the Ghetto, who sings lead for the New Birth Brass Band.

Another of Glen's cousins is 22-year-old phenom Troy Andrews, billed as Trombone Shorty, who doubles on trumpet. Another relative, Glen David Andrews, also plays both trombone and trumpet while leading a traditional jazz band called the Lazy Six. And yet another distant cousin is Little Rascals leader Terrence Andrews.

Saturday & Sunday gigs

Glen Andrews himself has emerged as a linchpin of the Rebirth Brass Band, which will play two free shows in Syracuse Saturday and Sunday July 12 and 13.

Rebirth will perform at the 2008 New York State Blues Festival, at 7 p.m. Sunday July 13, on the Budweiser Main Stage in downtown Syracuse's Clinton Square. All blues fest concerts are free. For festival info, call the Events Company at 422-9400, or visit nysbluesfest.com.

The Rebirth will also play a nightclub date at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Empire Brewing Co., 120 Walton St., in Syracuse's historic Armory Square. No cover charge will be levied; 475-BEER.

'The band to beat'

Formed in 1983, the band graduated from the streets of New Orleans to play theaters and festivals all over the world. But as the old saying goes, you can take the musician out of the street but you can't take the street out of the musician. So there's a fair amount of funk in the Rebirth sound. The band is committed to the brass band tradition while incorporating modern music into its performances.

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