Everybody’s Doin Great!

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Well folks, time flies when you’re alive. It’s been almost two years since anybody’s written anything on the Party Blog but here we are. We’ve been busy since then playing shows, writing music, getting tighter as a band, spreading our fire, living our best lives in a difficult world, and doing the best we can. We’re doing pretty great though. We traveled to Seattle last month for HONK! Fest West and have a lot of new music to share with you. Here’s a little taste:

Now we are preparing to play a series of shows with some of the greatest bands we’ve ever heard. Seriously. On Saturday July 14 we are honored to be opening for Rebirth Brass Band, one of our musical heroes, and arguably the most influential brass band on Earth. If Boarding House Park had a roof, Rebirth might actually blow it off. The next night, we head down to Providence to play with brass powerhouse What Cheer? Brigade and tubafresh at AS220. Both are local legends in their own scenes. This show will be HEAVY!

These two New England shows mark the start of a short tour that will take our music into the streets, parks, and clubs of New York City, Columbus, and Detroit. Take a look at the tour poster above! We have shows lined up with our friends in the Funkrust Brass Band, The Jefferson Street Parade Band, and are playing an amazing community music festival in Detroit called CRASH, which is put on by our evil twin (separated at birth) the Detroit Party Marching Band.

We can’t wait to go out on this little tour and tear it up! Please be sure to come say hi if you see us. We hope to boogie with you out there, and remember: you’re doing great and Party Band loves you!

Back in Davis Square July 31

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We are super excited to be back in Davis Square, Somerville, the headquarters of HONK! So many awesome milestones for the band have taken place here. We feel nothing but good vibes and a love for music from the people in Davis. We’ve opened shows for The Stooges Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, and Pakava It’ at Johnny D’s, but this summer will mark our first headlining show there. We couldn’t be more excited to share the bill with our amazing and talented friends Ben Knight and APel. Save a little money and BUY TICKETS ONLINE! Facebook event here.

Deep in the HONK! of Texas

The Party Band travelled 2,000 miles from Lowell, MA to get wet and wild with 24 other brass bands for the 2015 HONK!TX Festival of Community Street Bands. This three day showdown in Austin, TX brought music and musicians together from around the world to collaborate with each other and celebrate the sounds of HONK! 

March 27th to 29th is one of the most exciting weekends in the country for any of the brass band connoisseurs who deep fry bacon bagel sandwiches in their dancing shoes. Tirelessly, the Party Band got down and dirty with the music and formed friendships that fostered creative thinking and rambunctious wrestling. Bells flaring and drummers drumming weren’t enough party. A few members of the Party Band recall their favorite experiences of the trip:

Wildcat Slim plays clarinet in the band and enjoyed the pleasant climate. “I rode my bike along the Colorado River at sunset and experienced one of the most beautiful and serene moments of my life,” he said. “There were no slim pickins when it comes to inspiration from the South.”

Kwebbussy broke down four times on his bike. “This place is incredible,” he said. “A super-hipster fixed my broken bike with a wrench and a six pack of PBR. This all happened before our first set.” He continued to describe the Nutcracker’s ordeal later in the weekend: “The Nutcracker really got me going.  After enjoying the hot tub with some comrades, he lost his shirt and shoes and we had to go buy him some.”

The Selecter chose to focus on the percussion section this weekend. “I saw Animal pound a bass drum with a cowboy hat and stogie blazing in his mouth,” he said. His accounts show that Fresh Beets was worshiped by the devil holding a ride cymbal.

Bonecrusher had one too many meatballs and was defeated by Marty in a good old fashioned wrestling match. Marty and Jess were two of the Party Band’s hosts and they joined the parade and the review waiving flags and dancing. “You could really see his green spot of hair from my position on the stage,” Bonecrusher said.

The weekend ended in tears as Brass Monkey wailed at the funeral. “The epic super jam was my favorite part of the trip,” he said. “Bands from all over the world were in one place playing our standards together.”

There were many more stories like these from each member of the band.  The experience of making music with so many wonderful and talented people is a good time in itself.  When The Party Band decides to get wet, they take all of these additional crazy experiences and mold them into focused sound. HONK!TX was an unforgettable weekend for all who attended the festival.

Big thanks to Leah and the festival organizers, and to our incredible hosts: Jason, Jess, Marty, Edmo, Laura, and Mary. Photos by Erin Allen, Steve Rogers, Michael Bell, and the band. Blog written by Mike Kaskiewicz.

See you at our next show!

16 Unbelievable Facts About the Party Band… #10 will blow your mind!

1. Papa Jazz Iced Coffee is the official beverage of the Party Band.
A cup of Joe, on ice! You can find the cold-brewed beverage at select shows, and you can always find the T-shirt at our merch store.
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2. Nobody knows how many members are in the band.
It’s true. We’ve counted our numbers and gotten from as few as five members to well over thirty. We’ve met and played with a lot of people along the way.
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3. The Party Band plays guerilla sets in the woods.
We can strike at morning or midnight, so you better be ready to party at any time. Catch us crashing a music festival this summer at Jibberjazz’s Madsummer Meltdown (PA, June 26-28) and Green Love Festival (ME, August 14-16).
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4. The Party Band doesn’t smell nearly as bad as you’d think it does.
Our newest member, Animal, makes handcrafted soaps with his wife using wild harvested ingredients. Red Antler Apothecary works wonders on the funkiest of hippies.
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5. The Party Band will beat you in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
Brass Monkey has the highest score ever seen on a N64The Wizard would rather take it to the streets- here he is doing a nollie 360 flip bluntslide, backflip 5-0 grind.

6. The Beach Expert can always sense his way back to Plum Island.
Having grown up on the shores of Newburyport, our bari sax player uses the power of the Atlantic winds to produce his rich tone. He always knows where his towel is.
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7. Our bass trombone player The Steam holds a world record for the highest heat tolerance, having eaten nothing but spicy peppers for a month in the Philippines during dry season.
And we created a hot sauce in his honor. The peppers sting your tongue and the wasabi clears your sinuses. It’s also an effective cold remedy.
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8. The Party Band vows to stop using elephants by 2017.
Which is too bad, because they play a mean tuba. Not to worry, the band has already begun training an army of polar bears.
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9. Our tuba player The Knowledge is undefeated at his local trivia night.
He can also quote the entire Blues Brothers movie. The Knowledge always knows.

10. To dye her hair such a radiant purple, drummer Fresh Beets stands in a beet field on a full moon and waits for lightning to strike.
We’ve tried to sell her on the idea of using hair dye, but “it’s just not the same.” It’s no wonder she plays with such vibrant energy.

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12. Our shaker and banjo player turned down a job offer from Google to seek enlightenment.
He is also the only member of the band to intentionally set fire to his instrument. Such genius is hard to find.

13. Lead trombonist The Nutcracker was 2012 Employee of the Year at Fenway Park for his high foam finger sales.
The Nutcracker is #1 in our hearts.
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14. The Party Band’s primary source of energy is pizza.
We are open to potential sponsorship deals…

15. 100% of our fan mail comes from the kids in the Lowell Public Schools.
This excludes e-mail and facebook messages. We get a lot of online fans from South America because we are often mistaken for El Banda de Fiesta, a popular Venezuelan cover band.

16. The Party Band is going to Texas!
Our friends from Minor Mishap Marching Band invited us to a weekend in Austin for their 5th annual HONK!TX Festival. We are so stoked to hear all these bands and unveil some new music we have been working on. Consider visiting our merch store to pick up a record and help support our travel costs!