Photo by Hojoon Kim

Photo by Hojoon Kim


The Louisiana rooted, Los Angeles based, Mudbug Brass Band is dedicated to the "Second Line" tradition of the Crescent City, drawing from New Orleans traditional Jazz, R&B, Funk & Mardi Gras. In 2011, three Louisiana natives, whose sole purpose was to entertain crowds throughout Southern California, formed this 8-piece brass ensemble. Since then, Los Angeles Magazine has hailed them as a "Must-See LA Show” in 2014 and a "Can't Be Missed" band for the 2015 Make Music Pasadena Festival! They've made the "Best of LA" list for KCBS: Los Angeles four years running and the "Don't Miss List" of LA Downtown News when they performed for LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary with CicLAvia.

Whether on the stage or in the streets, Mudbug has participated in many high-profile events including the wrap party for "The Voice", the reopening of Pauley Pavilion and WACO’s Wearable Art Gala. They have appeared on OWN Network, ESPN Sportscenter: Los Angeles and VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. They have worked for Hollywood icons like, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vanessa Hudgens, Mel Brooks and Tina Knowles-Lawson. Headline performances include the Long Beach Crawfish Festival, Levitt Pavilion's Free Summer Concert Series and Wanderlust Festival on the Santa Monica Pier. The Los Angeles Times featured Mudbug when they led the "Walk the Talk" Parade through skid row in Downtown LA.

Currently, Mudbug is supporting their single, "Slick and Sleazy," which was recorded and mixed by Charley Pollard in Malibu, CA. With an authentic Second Line vibe, "Slick and Sleazy" explores the Louisiana heritage of the group. It was preceded in 2017 by "My People,” an R&B/Funk song with a message of friendship through times of trouble and trial. My People” was called "Uplifting" by No Depression Journal of Roots Music and was featured on WWFM's Block Party Radio with Kim Scott. Their first single, “Are you with me,” was self-produced as an anthem joining everyone together through social awareness. It received radio airplay on 22 FM stations across the US and digital airplay on Music Choice in New York City.

The Mudbug Brass Band is proud to have followed in the footsteps of fellow New Orleans musicians by spending their Sunday afternoons playing residencies at restaurants and their Friday nights playing Taverns and Saloons. They have performed for the LSU So Cal Alumni Crawfish Boil since 2014 and the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade since 2011. They have supported causes like the Motion Picture Television Fund, Champion for Children's Benefit and Hollywood Community Housing as well as corporations like YouTube, Google, Sprint and Sierra Nevada. With over 250 appearances to date, The Mudbug Brass Band will continue to spread the musical culture of New Orleans from the studio and the stage.


Jamelle Adisa - Trumpet / Vocals

Mike Cottone - Trumpet

Dan Weinstein - Trombone / Vocals

Matthew DeMerritt - Sax

Johann Stein - Banjo / Guitar / Vocals

Marc Bolin - Sousaphone

John Montgomery - Snare

Tim Ganard - Bass Drum



Second Line Parades
Corporate Events
Premier Parties
Grand Openings
Bar Mitzvahs


Photo by Hojoon Kim

"Best of LA"
KCBS : Los Angeles - 2015-18

"Can't Be Missed" 
Los Angeles Magazine - 2015

"Must-See LA Show" 
Los Angeles Magazine - 2014




The 3rd Annual Wearable Art Gala was held at Santa Monica’s Historic Landmark Barker Hangar, on Saturday, June 1st. Presented by WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center’s, Art Director Richard Lawson, president and Tina Knowles-Lawson, vice president. The night began with a star-studded red carpet entrance with Pan-Africanism sprinkled throughout. Attendees mingled in the AT&T ‘Dream in Black’ lounge while sounds of creole and hip-hop music was performed by The Mudbug Brass Band.

Los Angeles Sentinel
Kristina Dixon
June 6, 2019

Actor Jeff Goldblum with The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Dustbowl Revival and The Mudbug Brass Band are converging with many others to celebrate the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centennial season. The event, formed from a partnership between CicLAvia, Community Arts Resources and the LA Phil, clears the roads of cars for a free eight-mile long party stretching from downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

Park LaBrea News
Maura Turcotte
September 26, 2018

Attendees of the Wearable Art Gala were honoring Beyoncé and her mother-in-law Gloria Carter for their humanitarian work and donated via an art auction to the Where Art Can Occur (WACO) Theater Center in North Hollywood — founded by Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson…It was truly a family affair. Zebra-print rugs decorated the wood floor, while glamorous chandeliers hung above. Guests were entertained by an aerial silk dancer, the upbeat Mudbug Brass Band and a person on stilts in a lion costume.

Hollywood Reporter
Lindsay Weinberg
March 19, 2018


With the arrival of spring, it's time to shelve the chilly, moody soundtracks of winter and celebrate the return of sunshine. As if fulfilling public requests, the Mudbug Brass Band have released a kicking, sweltering single in "My People," the kind of soulful boogie that will inspire shirts to be tossed off and beer cans opened. Those who miss the Red Hot Chili Peppers before they became too serious will find much to savor here as the Mudbug Brass Band generate a similar kind of heat albeit less sexual and more loving, echoing the uplifting vibe of Bob Marley and Sly and the Family Stone.

The Mudbug Brass Band are decidedly retro; "My People" jumps with the invigorating energy of '70s soul. The urgent, sweaty bass lines and funky riffs smoke the dance floor. With so much racial division and political unrest throughout the world, the group decides to throw a party of unification; bless their hearts for that. With an electrifying horn section that recalls the Tower of Power, the Mudbug Brass Band stitches together its jazz and vintage R&B influences for a crackling good time that demands repeated spins.

No Depression: Journal of Roots Music
Stacey Zering
March 18, 2018


Expect big, vibrant sounds from The Mudbug Brass Band!

NBC: Los Angeles
Alysia Gray Painter
February 12, 2018

L.A. favorite, The Mudbug Brass Band, takes over the halls of Union Station to celebrate Fat Tuesday with a traditional Second Line Procession starting at the station’s East Portal. The 8-piece New Orleans jazz band will make their way to the Grand Waiting Room in this free performance event.

KCBS: Los Angeles
Best of: LA
Week of February 12, 2018


Laissez les bon temps rouler! New Orleans comes to L.A. for a family-centric Mardi Gras celebration at Runway Playa Vista with the eight-piece Mudbug Brass Band!

89.3 KPCC
"Family Pick!"
February 8, 2018


With the new uplifting single, "My People," the L.A.-based Mudbug Brass Band unpack the spirit of New Orleans in Southern California. Brewing an exhilarating blend of '70s funk, soul, and jazz, the Mudbug Brass Band have the instrumental chops and infectious songwriting to be the next Red Hot Chili Peppers, one powered with killer horns.

No Depression: Journal of Roots Music
Stacey Zering
January 27, 2018


We've officially found the most entertaining wedding ever. Hands down. The Mudbug Brass Band, stilt walkers, a magician, and a cigar roller all made an appearance at this insanely gorgeous and spectacular wedding, brought to life by COJ Events. After a non-traditional ceremony that included all 250 guests forming a large circle around the couple, The Mudbug Brass band and stilt walkers led the guests from the ceremony to cocktails. A magician entertained guests at cocktails, and as they sat for dinner, a cigar roller kept the non-dancers happy later in the night!

Yahoo! Lifestyle
Christine Diaz
September 21, 2017


The Mudbug Brass Band gets the good times rolling in L.A., bringing the second-line sound of the Big Easy to this free outdoor concert at Levitt Pavilion. Formed by a trio of Crescent City natives, this eight-piece L.A.-based ensemble melds traditional jazz, funk, R&B and Mardi Gras music into a spicy New Orleans mix, with a side of social awareness. Their latest single, "My People," follows up on their community anthem "Are You With Me?" song and video. This popular group has also appeared at celebrations and festivals all over the Southland, including the Long Beach Crawfish Festival and at the wrap party for The Voice.

August, 2017


All the best things to do in Los Angeles, California, include The Mudbug Brass Band at Vibrato Grill & Jazz!

LA Weekly
March 30, 2017

Los Angeles’ favorite Mardi Gras celebration is back again for their 28th straight year! The world-famous Farmers Market is pulling out all the stops in its quest to put on one of the largest Mardi Gras festivals in the L.A. region. In a three-day, family-friendly celebration, revelers will be treated to live music, arts and crafts, roving New Orleans-style bands and some of the best selections of gut-filling meals west of the muddy Mississippi. The event will also feature the finest New Orleans and Zydeco music, a strolling parade with The Mudbug Brass Band, as well as activities for kids, bead-throwing, and much more!

KCBS: Los Angeles
Best of: LA
Week of February 26, 2017


The fun doesn’t stop on Repeal Day at Del Monte's Speakeasy until Midnight with the Mudbug Brass Band's Procession!

KCBS: Los Angeles
Best of: LA
Week of December 1, 2016


November 28, 2016, marked fifty years since the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened its gates in Griffith Park.  The party was on! The zoo wouldn’t open until ten that morning.   But we’ve never had more fun standing in line. Topnotch musicians The Mudbug Brass Band struck up an uptempo Dixieland selection demonstrating their expertise on songs like “Sweet Georgia Brown”.
Dot Cannon
November 29, 2016


Love The Mudbug Brass Band!

Vanessa Hudgens
Actress / Singer
October 31, 2016


The Mudbug Brass Band gave our office a proper New Orleans sound for a New Orleans guy on the occasion of his 50th trip around the sun. This band was legit!

ESPN Sportscenter Los Angeles
Kenny Mayne
August 9, 2016


The Mudbugs were fantastic!

ESPN Sportscenter Los Angeles
Stan Verrett
August 9, 2016


Celebrate Easter at the Italian-inspired Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel with a festive Venetian-style buffet brunch available poolside and at The Restaurant at Mr. C. Guests can listen to music by the Mudbug Brass Band.

Beverly Press
Jill Weinlein
March 23, 2016


With plenty of spots in throughout town offering a taste of New Orleans, Angelenos were not without options to celebrate Mardi Gras. Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood was no exception. Aside from their exceptional cocktail offerings, Sassafras went the extra mile and had a tap-takeover by Louisiana's Abita Brewing Company, a crawfish boil (!), live music from the Mudbug Brass Band, and topped it all off with burlesque dancers.

Carmen Tse
February 10, 2016


 Hundreds of spirited revelers converged on Danny’s  for the annual Venice Mardi Gras Parade after party on Feb. 6, 2016.  The band was jamming’, drinks were flown’ and the Venice Paparazzi photo booth was rocking’, capturing all the Venetians in their costumed best.  It was a party among parties, and surely an event not to be missed. Thank you to Miss Jessica, the Gumbo Brothers, Venice Mardi Gras Krewe, The Mudbug Brass Band.

February 9, 2016


Crawfish bowls, jambalaya, and music by the lively Mudbug Brass Band, are just some of the offerings that Sassafras Saloon will be having to kick off Mardi Gras in Los Angeles.

93.1 Jack FM
February 7, 2016


Pasadena will be transformed into a melodic wonderland for the 8th annual Make Music Pasadena Festival on Saturday, June 6, 2015. This year’s lineup is stellar and features more than 150 bands! One of five that can’t be missed is The Mudbug Brass Band: This octet makes spicy music with a funky sousaphone, skronking trombone, and twangy banjo.

Los Angeles Magazine
Drew Tewksbury
June 4, 2015


The 8th Make Music Pasadena festival takes over stages and nontraditional venues across Pasadena this Saturday June 6th 2015 with the New Orleans Second line party purveyors, Mudbug Brass Band hitting the Levitt Pavilion stage at 4:00pm.

Pasadena Weekly
June 4, 2015


In addition to our list of great Mardi Gras events in Los Angeles, head to Union Station for a special free jazz concert (part of the Metro Presents Series) by Louisiana-rooted & L.A. based band "The Mudbug Brass Band."

KCBS: Los Angeles
Best of: LA
Week of February 16, 2015

Fat Tuesday is upon us and, in keeping with the recent spate of Big Easy-inspired restaurants in Downtown LA, Union Station is hosting The Mudbug Brass Band. This eight piece ensemble will thrill rush-hour commuters and the otherwise jazz curious...No one will be throwing beads and people won't carouse through the concourse with Hurricanes in hand, but they will still enjoy the Mudbug's brassy celebrations of this mortal coil.

LA Downtown News
"The Don't Miss List"
February 16, 2015

At Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, their Mardi Gras event was hopping, packed with people. Music, provided by Mudbug Brass Band, was festive and appropriately loud.

The Offalo
Wholestic Eater
February 16, 2015

"The Mudbug Brass Band will lead a Bourbon Street-worthy dance procession for about a mile as the 14th annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade hits the boardwalk."

The Argonaut
Shanee Edwards
February 11, 2015

The Mardi Gras bash being thrown by Tastemade, a video network who raised $25 million in funding last year, seems like a great way to spend part of their marketing budget. Dishes will include Orleans & York, Gumbo Mumbo, Little Jewel's, Jambalaya, and Uncle Darrow’s Mardi Gras pasta, which partygoers can pair with Stillhouse Moonshine Hurricanes or Groundwork Coffee’s cold-brew Sazeracs while grooving to tunes from the Mudbug Brass Band. 

Los Angeles Magazine
Andy Wang
February 4, 2015


So you want to experience the jazz and funk of a traditional Mardi Gras but you can’t get out of Los Angeles. Not to worry — Metro Presents is bringing Mardi Gras to you! Swing by Union Station on Tuesday, Feb. 17 to check out the Mudbug Brass Band, a Louisiana-rooted but Los Angeles based 8-piece New Orleans Jazz band dedicated to the Second Line tradition.

The Source
Anna Chen
February 4, 2015


"The Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade is now in its 14th year and has grown to include The Mudbug Brass Band...No floats, fire trucks, city officials or celebrities in our parades (At least none that I know of), we draw our inspiration from the Mardi Gras Indians."

The Times-Picayune
Dave Walker
Interview with Johann Stein
January 28, 2015

The Mudbugs brought a piece of New Orleans to the Central Coast! It was very important to us to have some of my husband's Cajun heritage in our wedding and the Mudbugs were exactly what we were looking for! They led our Second Line, which was one of the most memorable elements of our wedding...our guests loved it!

Carats and Cake
Emily & Matthew
August 30, 2014

"The parade had the feeling of a royal procession as the joyous rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" was played by The Mudbug Brass Band."

Lisa Locascio
May 28, 2014

"The Mudbug Brass Band blew "Sweet Georgia Brown" as they led the Walk the Talk parade participants from Gladys Park northwest to 5th and Main street."

Los Angeles Times
Gale Holland
May 25, 2014

Photo by Genaro Molina / LA Times

Photo by Genaro Molina / LA Times



This weeks must-see LA shows include The Mudbug Brass Band at Union Station's 75th Anniversary celebration!

Los Angeles Magazine
Raquel Pena
April 29, 2014

"Party like it's 1939: L.A.'s Union Station, turning 75, plans fun that includes The Mudbug Brass Band!"

Los Angeles Times
Christopher Reynolds
April 24, 2014

Photo by Gary Leonard

Photo by Gary Leonard

"If you get a chance to see the Mudbug "Brass" Band, seize it with both hands!"

Hugh Laurie
Actor / Musician
February 23, 2014

"The Mudbug Brass Band was awesome!"

Ary S.
October 26, 2013

"The Foundry on Melrose in West Hollywood has one of the most festive patio atmospheres around! Sure, summer may be running out, but there are plenty of "Mudbugs" left to be found."

Los Angeles Times
Chris Erskine
August 4, 2012

"I'm at The Foundry & Angelinos are moving to music! Go Mudbug Brass Band!"

Liz Rizzo, Director
July 15, 2012

"The Mudbug Brass Band gives an Authentic Vibe to the Crawfish Boil at The Foundry on Melrose."

E *Star LA
Roy Choi
July 13, 2012

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