Around the world, there are those who transcend the boundaries of mere mortals and achieve that which was previously thought impossible. The great Matti Laiho is among their ranks. A composer, arranger, as well as an incredible tubist, Matti Laiho shows everyone what is possible with enough focus and hard work. Not only does he play Carnival of Venice, one of the more technical trumpet showpieces, he plays it on a sousaphone! His virtuosity and musicality is the stuff of legends and should be known by all. And now without further ado, Carnival of Venice performed by Matti Laiho
P.S. Gig tonight at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, West Virginia. Show starts at 8:30
Throughout my time in orchestras and wind ensembles, I have noticed that there aren’t enough female low brass players. I am trying to change that, one city at a time…
Without further ado, the most beautiful globe trotting dental hygienist from Grand Rapids, Melinda!
P.S. Show tonight at the fantastic Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, Michigan. Music starts at 9 PM.
Tuba players are an interesting bunch. We play the biggest, heaviest, most badass instrument known to man. Few outside the tuba world realize this fundamental fact. There is nothing more heavy metal than a tuba, unless of course, that tuba is also on fire. Here are some badasses that decided to educate the masses on the pure majesty of tuba.
David Silverman aka Tubatron
The impeccably dressed, Flaming Tuba Man
And of course, me and my firetuba.
Early show tonight at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Michigan! Show starts at 8 PM.
It has been far too long since our last update… so without further ado, here is the most beautiful dressmaker in all of Wilmington, North Carolina, Valentina!
Tonight we are back at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC! Our friends from Virginia, the Judy Chops, will start the night off at 8:30. Dirty Bourbon will take the stage at 9:45.
Years ago, when we first started to play North Carolina, I met propane flame effects artist, Beyond Joy. He wanted to set my sousaphone on fire. I was intrigued by the proposition so we began talking about design. It would have to be a simple to operate, mobile, and above all, safe.
The system would have two major parts, a pilot light and a propane poofer. The pilot light stays lit the entire time the system is on, and provides the initial flame for a second, larger blast of propane. Once Beyond had a basic design, all we needed was a few days to build and test.
Earlier this week, the stars aligned and we found some free time to work. The first day, Beyond fabricated the pilot light using copper tubing and brass fittings.
On the second day, Beyond fabricated the poofer.
With both pieces together, it was time for a test.
I say it was a rousing success. I cannot thank Beyond Joy enough. This fire tuba system is as beautiful as it is functional.
The first round of mixing is complete! After a day of working in the studio, Wes, Noah, and Bootsy are getting the album ready for mastering. We’re almost there! And now without further ado, the most beautiful nurse in St. Augustine, FL, Kat!
First night of our two day showcase at Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, MI! Show starts at 9:30. And now without further ado, the most beautiful keyboardist/oboist from Rosco Bandana, Emily!
Tonight we make our Vermont debut at the Monkey House in Winooski, VT! Doors are at 8, show starts at 8:30.
And now without further ado, the most beautiful student at Tufts, Kate from Cambridge!
We are excited to play downtown Denver’s South Platte River Festival! The festival is free so come out to Confluence Park and catch some good shows. Dirty Bourbon kicks off at 4:45.
And now without further ado, the most beautiful professional snowboarder, Janelle from Breckenridge!