Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 7:48 PM
We celebrate all kinds of music at the ESSENCE Festival, and since it takes place in New Orleans, we always make sure brass bands come out and represent.
Brass bands not your cup of tea? Don't knock it until you try it. Not only do they bring musical prowess to the stage, they also infuse that undeniable New Orleans sound into their music. It's always a party when the brass bands show up. Here are some of the very best to join us at ESSENCE Fest.
1-First up, The Original Pinettes Brass Band (pictured above). This unique band first performed at the ESSENCE Festival in 2012. As the world's only all-female brass band, these ladies realized early on they had to be just as good -- if not better -- than their male counterparts. In 2013, the band competed against three others in the Red Bull Street Kings competition, and walked away with the title!
2-The Preservation Jazz Band Gospel has been performing since the 1950s and recorded the group's first album of original music in 2013, a project titled That's It. Named after the famed Preservation Hall in New Orlean's French quarters, the group first rocked the ESSENCE Festival stage in 2008.
3-New Orleans born singer-songwriter PJ Morton started out as a stand-in keyboardist for Maroon 5 before deciding to break out on his own. Infusing love for his city into his music and band, his debut album, appropriately titled New Orleans, was well received and also features a duet with Stevie Wonder.