The Oxford American’s Concert Series continues Thursday, March 7, with Bonerama. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the show begins at 8:00 PM. This is the third show in the 2018-19 Archetypes & Troubadours Series, which is made possible in part by presenting sponsors Chris & Jo Harkins and J. Mark & Christy Davis.
Four years since their last recording, New Orleans Brass & Rollers, Bonerama returns with their seventh album Hot Like Fire, their first title to be released by Basin Street Records.
Formed in New Orleans in 1998, by trombone players Mark Mullins and Craig Klein (who, from 1990-2006, were also members of Harry Connick Jr.’s big band), Bonerama bills itself as a brass/funk/rock band, but Bonerama is much more than that. They are a New Orleans musical institution—one of the most genuine, unique, and interesting bands ever to have come out of the Crescent City. Bonerama incorporates jazz, brass, funk, fusion, soul, pop, rock, blues, a touch of alternative, and even a bit of reggae into its one-of-a-kind sound. Three trombones front the band, supported by a sousaphone, guitar, and drums, all delivering a powerful sound that you have to hear to believe.
Known the world over for their incendiary live performances, Bonerama has been bringing its specialized brand of New Orleans music to the masses for over twenty years. The group is currently comprised of Mullins (trombone, electric trombone, and lead vocals), Klein (trombone and lead vocals), Greg Hicks (trombone and vocals), Bert Cotton (guitar), Matt Perrine (sousaphone and electric bass), and Walt Lundy (drums).
Hot Like Fire finds Bonerama developing its dynamic, high-energy, fun, happy, and bold moods further than ever before. The New Orleans stalwarts deliver nine wonderfully brassy musical landscapes—seven of which are original compositions (including the concert staple “Mr. Okra”), along with powerful covers of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and the late Allen Toussaint’s “Basic Lady.” The album was produced by Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, and Tracey Freeman, and it was recorded at Music Shed Recording Studios in New Orleans.