Leading up to The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band’s debut show at The Vermont Music Fest, our local weekly – Seven Days, gave me a pretty big nod. It kind of blew me away. I hope that we were able to live up to the press! Here’s a small bit from the write up:
“But the most intriguing act on the bill is a new ensemble from the Saturn People’s Sound Collective leader Brian Boyes: the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band.
Given his increasing renown thanks to the mind-blowing radness that is SPSC — andMovement of the People before that — Boyes is approaching a Chorney-ian level of respect. Meaning that, much like his old viperHouse bandmate and friend MichaelChorney, anything Boyes does from here on out will likely inspire genuine curiosity among a growing segment of the local music-listening public. That definitely includes yours truly. When I hear Chorney is involved in some new project, my ears immediately perk up. The same thing is starting to happen with Boyes.
By now you’re probably saying, “Hey, Dan. Shut up and tell us about his friggin’ band already!”
In a recent email, Boyes describes his 11-member ensemble as combining “the rich musical and dance roots of Indian Bhangra, Bollywood, New Orleans brass bands and the 1930s jungle swing of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.”
I know, right?
The band itself is like a who’s who of central Vermont instrumental talent and features percussionists Gabe Halberg, Brandon Klarich and PJ Davidian, bassist Giovani Rovetto, guitarist Jay Ekis, flautist and choreographer SimoneLabony Labbance, and a horn section of sax players Dan Liptak and ZachTonnissen, trombonists Lloyd Dugger and Matt Avery, and Boyes on trumpet.
I know, right?
So, yeah. I’d say the BBBBB — B5? — are worth the price of admission on their own. Or they would be if the fest had an admission price. Which it doesn’t.