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Band: Blackwater Brass
Date: Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: Call 251-433-9374.
Through repeat performances at Callaghan’s and SouthSounds Music Festival, Ocean Springs’ Blackwater Brass has used its raucous, electrifying brand of music to gather a dedicated following in the Azalea City.
According to bassist/vocalist Corey Christie, the birth of this festive collection of brass enthusiasts was truly organic. Christie and drummer Gary Cooper conceived the band and from there began to add members through social connections and open mics. Christie says they even recruited their trumpet player after seeing him warming up on a sidewalk. Once a lineup was in place, the group began honing its sound.
“They were just fun jams, really,” Christie said. “We’d get together and work some old tunes and write something here and there in Gary’s bedroom. We were just having fun and getting some music out.”
When the band started performing live, Christie says, the positive reactions of audiences pushed them forward. Since those early days, Blackwater Brass has continued to pioneer its sound across the Southeast. The group even brought its sound to the streets of the Big Easy for a Mardi Gras trek with the Jefferson City Buzzards, the oldest marching club in New Orleans.
“They loved it, and they’ve already invited us back to do it again next year,” Christie said. “I’ve always been wary of going over there, because I thought New Orleans was saturated with it [brass bands]. I guess we’re different enough to have a place.”
Before making the trip to the OGD, Blackwater Brass will enter the studio to lay down tracks for its next album, due out early next year.