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Annual New Orleans festival creates citywide funk school

Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, which formed at the University of Wisconsin, was one of many acts that Michael Hochanadel enjoyed during his recent trip to New Orleans.
Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, which formed at the University of Wisconsin, was one of many acts that Michael Hochanadel enjoyed during his recent trip to New Orleans.
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Buffa’s Bar on Esplanade in New Orleans was bursting when we got there late, after dinner at Mandina’s on Canal Street. David Roe’s band the Royal Rounders had finished playing when we edged inside a space so jammed that the owner went outside to watch through the windows as crowds danced to Mama Digdown’s Brass Band. Their grooves were deep — bass drum, sousaphone and snare — and the solos up top sizzled: trombone, two ...


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