Revolutionary Snake Ensemble at The Stone

RSE in full regalia

Thursday 11/17 8pm, Boston’s acclaimed avant second-line street-beat krewe the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble returns to The Stone! The band’s last visit to NYC in May netted a pile of spectacular live recordings that are in the process of being compiled into a third RSE CD release.

RSE’s first two releases, Year of the Snake and Forked Tongue, were included on over 15 best-of-year lists in the US and Europe, including lists in the Village Voice and the Estonian Postiimes. The New Yorker selected the NYC CD release performance for Forked Tongue as their night-life pick of the week. WNYC’s influential new music host John Schaefer included Year of the Snake in his eMusic list of one dozen favorite New Sounds releases.

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Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music.

Ken Field

For this show, the band will be:
Alex Smith elec bass
Joey Lefitz drums
Alex Asher trombone
Ken Field alto sax

As the writer of this blog, I say, give yourself a treat. Buy these two discs. If you can get to The Stone, fine. But buy the two discs. Dixieland in any form is not my cup of tea. But from the first few notes of the first track of Year of the Snake I needed to own this band’s work. It ios the smartness, the hipness, the smudged notes. There is great humor in what they do. I love this band. I have their stuff on my Zune. I play it on shuffle. I like surprises. When one of their track comes up, I am elated. Thank you, Ken and the rest of the band.