Photo by Hojoon Kim

Photo by Hojoon Kim

About

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, this 8-piece brass ensemble was formed by three Louisiana natives, who's sole purpose was to entertain crowds throughout Southern California. Since then, Los Angeles Magazine has hailed them as a "Must-See LA Show for 2014" and a "Can't Be Missed" band for the 2015 Make Music Pasadena Festival! They've made "Best of LA" CBS: Los Angeles three times and the "Don't Miss List" of LA Downtown News when they performed for the "Metro Presents" Concert Series.

Whether on the stage or in the streets, Mudbug has participated in many high-profile events including the wrap party for "The Voice", the grand reopening of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and the 75th Anniversary of LA's Union Station. The Los Angeles Times featured them when they led the
“Walk the Talk” parade through Skid Row, commemorating
the Los Angeles Poverty Department
in 2014. Mudbug has also supported causes for the Motion Picture Television Fund, Champion for Children's Benefit as well as corporations like YouTube, Hyundai, Sprint, VH1 and Sierra Nevada.

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. The result of their hard work is an explosion of sound that is authentic and infectious. This was evident early on when they recorded a number of New Orleans Traditional Jazz standards during the UCLA Sessions at the Herb Alpert School of music.

Mudbug's first original release, “Are you with me” was self-produced and is an anthem rallying everyone together with social awareness. It features a call and response vocal and funky New Orleans backbeat, which is indigenous to New Orleans music. On Fat Tuesday 2015, Brian Gilleece of Cinterra Pictures shot the video for "Are you with me," capturing a day in the life of the band as they made their way through Union Station, Villains Tavern and Skid Row of downtown Los Angeles. Mudbug's follow up release, "My People" has an R&B/Funk vibe with a message of family, friendship and community in times of trouble and trial. They are currently recording three new tracks to be released summer of 2017.

With over 200 appearances to date, The Mudbug Brass Band is well-seasoned, but only getting started! In 2016, they were featured on ESPN Sportscenter Los Angeles when they performed for Stan Verrett's 50th Birthday celebration. In 2017, they returned to the Long Beach Crawfish Festival and are set to headline Levitt Pavilion's Free Summer Concert Series on September 9, 2017. Mudbug is constantly building momentum and will continue to spread the musical culture of New Orleans from the studio and the stage.

 


Band

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


Services

Festivals
Nightclubs
Parties
Second Line Parades
Television
Film
Corporate Events
Premier Parties
Fundraisers
Weddings
Grand Openings
Private Events
Funerals

 

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Photo by Hojoon Kim


"Best of LA"
CBS : Los Angeles - 2016
 

"Best of LA" 
CBS : Los Angeles - 2015
 

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

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

 

 

Press
 

 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.

Goldstar
August, 2017

 

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

LA Weekly
March 30, 2017

 

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

Best of: LA
CBS: Los Angeles
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
TwoMaverix.com
November 29, 2016

 

Love The Mudbug Brass Band!

Vanessa Hudgens
Snapchat
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!

Kenny Mayne
ESPN Sportscenter Los Angeles
August 9, 2016

 

The Mudbugs were fantastic!

Stan Verrett
ESPN Sportscenter Los Angeles
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.

Jill Weinlein
Beverly Press
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
LAist
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.

Venice Paparazzi.com
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.

Best of: LA
CBS: Los Angeles
Week of 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.

Drew Tewksbury
Los Angeles Magazine
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.

Bliss
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."

Best of: LA
CBS: Los Angeles
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.

"The Don't Miss List"
LA Downtown News
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.

Wholestic Eater
The Offalo
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."

Shanee Edwards
The Argonaut
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. 

Andy Wang
Los Angeles Magazine
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.

Anna Chen
The Source
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."

Dave Walker
The Times-Picayune
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!

Emily & Matthew
Carats and Cake
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
KCET
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."

Gale Holland
Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2014

 

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

Raquel Pena
Los Angeles Magazine
April 29, 2014



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

Christopher Reynolds
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2014


"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.
Yelp
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."

Chris Erskine
Los Angeles Times
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."

Roy Choi
E *Star LA
July 13, 2012


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