Black Market Brass (Album Release Show)

Sept. 17
8 p.m.
Big Band, Funk, Indie Pop, Instrumental, Jazz, R&B, Soul

Afrobeat, created by Nigerian icon Fela Kuti beginning in the late ’60s, was essentially revolutionary music, the soundtrack for his extensive political activism. Decades later, it still sounds that way — furious, incendiary polyrhythms conspiring with raucous horns and blazing guitars. Keeping that spirit alive are contemporary bands like Antibalas, the Budos Band, and the Twin Cities’ own Black Market Brass. Crowding local bandstands with a dozen-odd members since 2012, Black Market has been steaming things up with Fela’s potent Afrobeat recipe of funk, highlife, jazz, and African roots. This show will celebrate the long-awaited release of BMB’s debut album, Cheat and Start a Fight, on the local Secret Stash label. Cut live to capture the raw intensity of BMB shows, the album presents a band brimming with confidence, power, and increasingly eclectic original material. On Cheat, the bristling bari saxophone sparks horn escapades that approach free jazz while the hypnotic rhythm section thrives. It’s gutty, exuberant music that’ll raise a sweat in any climate. Pho and Worldwide Discotheque open.