New Orleans's Dirty Dozen are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their first album release. My Feet Can't Fail Me Now only confirmed the Dozen's phenomenal reinvention of the Crescent City's brass-band tradition that was ignited on its street corners and in its clubs. Existing brass bands already knew how to shake it pretty good on the way back from the boneyard, but the Dozen jacked the rhythms into overdrive, poured on the funk, and saturated the whole thing with bop inspired by the likes of Bird, Monk, and Dizzy (who actually appeared on a subsequent album). Having inspired legions of followers, the Dozen are still on the cusp of the revolution, last time out redoing Marvin Gaye's classic What's Going On in its entirety in the context of contemporary disasters like Katrina and Bush. But when the horns get hot, the rhythms boil and quake, and the second-line umbrellas start twirling, it's party time down on Rampart and Dumaine. $30 at 7 p.m.; $22 at 9:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 15, 2009