World Music Festival of Chicago Enlists Lowdown Brass Band to Help Bring It On Home– Preview, September 29 Noon – 7 PM
Noon – 7 PM
600 E. Grand Ave.
With a nod to home sweet home Chicago as part of the world music scene, the organizers of this year’s World Music Festival have added Lowdown Brass Band to the end of festival celebration at Navy Pier on September 29 during the World Dumpling Festival. Here, Picture this Post (PTP) catches up with Shane Jonas from the Lowdown Brass Band (SJ).
(PTP) Has the LowDown Brass Band been involved in the World Music Festival in Chicago previously?
(SJ) This is the first time we’re performing at The World Music Festival though we perform here regularly. Well be hanging out checking out the other performers enjoying the last of the summer festivals.
How does your group bring Chicago as a global music leader into the mix?
The sound of Lowdown is strong representation of Chicago Music Culture. Its heavy on Latin island vibes and street beat rhythm, with the energy of Chicago Hip Hop, Jazz, Ska, Reggae & Soul. Instrumentally Lowdown Brass Band maintains traditional brass band plus NY-born rapper Billa Camp and the blue eyed soulful voice of Texas born Shane Jonas. The music itself is high energy, proud, in your face horn music with that Chicago swag.
Please tell our readers about your group—how many musicians? What instruments to they play?
Our 11 members include:
Shane Jonas - Trumpet / Lead Singer/ percussion
David Levine - Baritone Sax / vocals /percussion
Chris Neal - Tenor Sax /vocals / percussion
Matthew Davis - Trombone / vocal /percussion
Lance Loiselle - Sousaphone / Key Bass / vocals
Andrew Zelm - Trombone/ Vocals
Raphael Crawford - Trombone / Percussion
Sam Johnson - Trumpet / Percussion
John Barbush - Drumset
Micheal August - Percussion
How did your group come together? What is the background of each of the performers in your group?
All members of LowDown have called Chicago home for almost 20 years. Much like our fine city, members come from all over the U.S. including Texas, Detroit, San Francisco, Indiana, New York City, Michigan, Cleveland. Most met playing in each others’ bands over the years, coming together and growing together personally and professionally. Now we are one big family and still maintain a love for the unique music we make. We are rooted in our brotherhood.
Other comments for our readers to let them know about your group, your sound and what you would like them to know about you?
Lowdown is a sum of its parts --Individually we could all be our own band, but its that chemistry we have with each other that make the sound work. We are still just trying to have fun, dance, sing, rap, and play our brand of tight horn lines and grooving rhythm for crowds across the globe.
Photos courtesy of Enlists Lowdown Brass Band