Mudbug Brass Band
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, and Mardi Gras. In 2011, three Louisiana natives, whose sole purpose was to entertain crowds throughout Southern California, formed this eight-piece brass ensemble. 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 four 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 reopening of Pauley Pavilion, and the 75th Anniversary of L.A.’s Union Station. They have appeared on ESPN Sportscenter: Los Angeles for co-anchor Stan Verrett’s 50th Birthday, and worked with Hollywood icons like Gwyneth Paltrow, Vanessa Hudgens, and Tina Knowles-Lawson. Headline performances include the Long Beach Crawfish Festival, Levitt Pavilion’s Free Summer Concert Series, and the Wanderlust Festival on the Santa Monica Pier. The Los Angeles Times featured Mudbug when they led the Walk the Talk Parade through Downtown LA.
Currently, Mudbug is supporting their single “Slick and Sleazy,” which was recorded and mixed by Charley Pollard at Dragonfly Creek Studio 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. Called “Uplifting” by No Depression Journal, “My People” was featured on WWFM’s Block Party Radio with Kim Scott in Mercer County, New Jersey. “Are you with me” was self-produced as an anthem joining everyone together through social awareness. It features a call-and-response vocal and funky New Orleans backbeat, which is indigenous to New Orleans music. “Are you with me” received radio airplay on 22 FM stations across the U.S. 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 for the Motion Picture Television Fund, Champion for Children’s Benefit, and Hollywood Community Housing, as well as corporations like YouTube, Hyundai, Sprint, and Sierra Nevada. With over 200 appearances to date, The Mudbug Brass Band is well seasoned, but only getting started! They will continue to spread the musical culture of New Orleans from the studio and the stage.