The Soul Rebels (also Soul Rebels Brass Band, Soul Rebels or The Rebels) are an eight-piece New Orleans based brass ensemble that incorporate elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock and pop music within a contemporary brass band framework.
Starting out as a local New Orleans favorite, The Soul Rebels have evolved into collaborating live with major artists in all worlds of music including Metallica, Green Day, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nas, Rakim, Marilyn Manson, Slick Rick, Joey Badass, Trombone Shorty, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Robert Glasper, GZA, Black Thought of The Roots, Prodigy (rapper) of Mobb Deep, Big Freedia, The String Cheese Incident, Styles P of The Lox, Kirk Knight, Umphrey’s McGee, Maceo Parker, Galactic, Suzanne Vega, David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics, Eric Krasno, Lettuce (band), Gov’t Mule, Smif-n-Wessun, Buckshot (rapper), Roy Hargrove, John Medeski and many others, as well as being billed on shows with Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Estelle, Cee Lo Green, The Allman Brothers Band, Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Ice Cube, George Clinton, John Mayer, Jack White and others. The band has built its career around an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and percussion in a funky party-like atmosphere. The Soul Rebels have performed on CBS, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, HBO, TBS, NBC, NPR, ESPN, BBC Two, The CW and on many major national and international stages.
The band routinely plays over 250 shows a year. The Soul Rebels have been described by the Village Voice as “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong.”
What's Up at the Belly Up podcast this week features the Soul Rebels live and direct from New Orleans! We talked about church, science, linear thinking, how they started as drum line competitors and ended up as tour mates and yummy southern food. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud and leave a good review + who you would love to see on the Belly Up podcast!