Get your tuba fix during a weekend where brass bands from far and wide invade our parks and parking lots with marching mayhem. The annual event, in which large groups in color-coded outfits bang out their triumphant boom and clatter, begins tonight, Thursday, with a five-act Brass Band Blitz at Red 7.
Boston’s Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Seattle’s D20 Brass Band, Chicago’s Environmental Encroachment, Vancouver’s Carnival Band, and BateBunda from New Orleans (and more) then disseminate to South Congress Friday, at Spider House and behind it on Saturday, and finish Sunday with a 20-band parade, noon-2pm, beginning at Pan-Am Park (Fourth & Chicon), and followed by the all-band revue, which runs ’til 5:30.
It’s all free, save for tonight’s club show, but bring tip money or you’ll be giving this roving carnival the shirt off your back. Full schedule here.– Kevin Curtin
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