New Orleans’ The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will perform at Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Known for high-octane performances, The Dirty Dozen reinvented the New Orleans brass band sound by incorporating be-bop, funk and R&B into its music and has been a major influence on many New Orleans brass bands ever since. The band got its start in 1977 as a traditional Crescent City brass band at the Dirty Dozen Social And Pleasure Club.

Social, or Social Aid, clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance; members would pay dues, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements when the time came. Brass bands would often follow the funeral procession, playing somber dirges; once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, the band often burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late 1970s, the clubs began evolving from that of burial societies to proving music for parties and parades, so the name “Pleasure Club” was added. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club assembled a house band and, over the course of their early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name.

The Dirty Dozen now tours constantly in the United States and 30 other countries; and has been featured guests on albums by David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Crowes.

Tickets are $35 in advance and will be $40 at the door, general admission. Lobby and balcony bars will be open for those 21 and older. To buy tickets or for more information, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or