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What Not to Do in New Orleans

by Pableaux Johnson

Don't…
FEAR THE TUBA

Plenty of folks think that the humble tuba is the lonely overweight kid of the high-school marching band or the purveyor of dreary "oompah-pah" lines in Austrian beer halls. But not so in New Orleans—this king of the low brass lays down the groove in the city's funky modern-day band tradition. If you're thinking that New Orleans jazz means Dixieland, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

Instead…
SEEK OUT THE LOCAL BRASS BANDS

Blasting tuba lines anchor street-smart groups that owe more to Bootsy Collins and Lil Wayne than to John Philip Sousa. To hear the best the city's horn masters have to offer, schedule your trip to hit the Maple Leaf Bar for the Rebirth Brass Band's standing Tuesday-night gig or catch the Little Rascals on Thursday nights at Uptown's Bon Temps Roulé. Otherwise, keep an eye on the lineup at Tipitina's, the Howlin' Wolf, and the House of Blues. Other notable acts include the Hot Eight and the TBC Brass Band—always strong, always funky.

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