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Another Mojito?

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Mama Digdown's Brass Band "Mojito (bounce remix)"


What's a Mardi Gras without a drink (or few)? Easy to take for granted the most ubiquitous aspect of the celebration. But leave it to Mama Digdown's Brass Band to remind us of it and that the band needs some too (mojitoes plz). I decided to throw this into the series mainly because Mama Digdown's Brass Band is coming to Milwaukee on August 11th at Cathedral Square Park for Jazz In The Park; and as tireless tourists and proponents of New Orleans music, they also simply make sense in the mix. The fact that they are from just down the road in Madison, makes them just a bit cooler (for us) too.

For the past 12 years Mama Digdown's has traveled the world spreading the gospel of New Orleans brass band music. While Mama Digdown's nods respectively to the tradition of New Orleans jazz, the street beat they add has earned them the reputation as one of the hottest and hardest hitting brass bands. Mama Digdown's has played hundreds of shows in their time together and is equally at home in concert halls and in the second line parades of New Orleans. The band has shared bills with such musical legends as The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Dirty Dozen and Buddy Guy. Bob French, New Orleans drummer and former member of Fats Dominos band, said of Mama Digdown's "I don't know if the folks up there in Wisconsin know what they have, these Digdown cats can play!" Whether you catch them uptown, downtown or back-o–town, Mama Digdown's Brass Band will make you shake what your mama gave ya!