Louisiana flavor is coming to Kent, Ohio this December when Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Tab Benoit comes to The Kent Stage, bringing with him the unique and soulful Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Wednesday, December 13th!
2 Time BB King Entertainer of The Year and Louisiana Hall of Fame Inductee Tab Benoit has had an incredible career spanning over 3 decades. Built on the foundation of the gritty soulful Delta swamp blues, Tab has acquired a legion of devoted fans. Tab has recorded and performed with some of the top names in the music industry like Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart, just to name a select few. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Tab is the founder of “Voice of the Wetlands”, an organization looking to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. Tab has also found himself starring on the silver screen, starring in “Hurricane on the Bayou”, documenting the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the wetlands of LA, and calling to preserve them.
With over 40 years since they were founded in 1977, the New Orleans based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has blended traditional brass band music with a plethora of genres like Bebop Jazz, Funk, and R&B/Soul, creating a unique sound that can only be described as a “musical gumbo”. This uniqueness has allowed The Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 different continents, 30 countries, and record 12 studio albums. The group has also collaborated with a vast array of artists from the likes of Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, and Norah Jones. 4 decades into their career, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has become a world famous music machine synonymous with genre bending romps and high-octane performances! The Band consists of Roger Lewis (Baritone Sax/Vocals), Kevin Harris (Tenor Sax/Vocals), Gregory Davis (Trumpet/Vocals). Kirk Joseph (Sousaphone), TJ Norris (Trombone/Vocals), Julian Addison (Drums), and Takeshi Shimmura (Guitar)!