Youngblood Brass Band will take over Lincoln Center Auditorium for an evening of unique, funked-out brass and percussion riot jazz. With arrangements that blend solid musical structure with improvisation and a one-of-a-kind sound, the 10-piece act takes the form of a New Orleans brass band that morphs into a “punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose," according to the band’s bio.
Originally conceived in Madison, Wisconsin in 1997, the band (formerly called One Lard Biskit Brass Band) now has members from all over the U.S.
YBB’s discography includes seven albums. Its latest, “20 Years Young,” was released a year ago and spans the length of the band’s career including originals and covers. Some of their arrangements, such as Tears for Fears’ hit “Mad World,” maintain the original version’s juxtaposition of a melancholy message with an upbeat tempo, but Youngblood also adds the depth of a 10-piece brass band adept at incorporating hip-hop, groove and jazz, while avoiding sounding like a half-time show.
Not that the band would necessarily mind the comparison. Their work is often performed by marching bands and jazz ensembles around the world. And Youngblood engages in frequent educational work, offering workshops for students in junior high through college, while on tour stops. Youngblood partially credits their cult status among young musicians to their work with students.
Prior to the Billings concert, the band will host a workshop that “just about every band student in Eastern Montana is invited to,” said Jeff Long, band director at Senior High.
At the workshop Monday afternoon, YBB will teach a song by ear – or, by rote, part of the New Orleans style tradition – to students from Billings, Laurel, Huntley Project and other towns. When Long first posted the sign-up sheet, he received about 50 eager participants, and more have been coming in. Long said he hopes the workshop becomes standing-room-only and includes Senior High alumni who now study in college. At Monday night's concert, the students will perform with the band the song they learned that day.
The educator said he first heard of Youngblood Brass Band about six or seven years ago, when he was teaching at Flathead and a student played a YBB piece. Long said he has been a fan ever since, listening and following Youngblood Brass Band and even arranging YBB's “Brooklyn” for his jazz students within a year of first hearing the band.
Youngblood Brass Band’s “engaging, super-fun music … makes you want to move,” Long said, “You can’t sit still.”
Long, in conjunction with Arts Without Boundaries, arranged Monday’s workshop and concert as part of a state tour that includes Bozeman and Missoula, where YBB will also headline the Montana All-State Music Festival this year.
Youngblood Brass Band’s all-ages concert at Lincoln Center, located at 315 N. 30th St., starts at 7 p.m. on Monday. Tickets to the show cost $10 at the door or $7 in advance at Eckroth Music, 922 Grand Ave., and online at bit.ly/youngbloodtickets.
For more information about the student workshop, teachers may contact Jeff Long by emailing email@example.com or calling 281-5512.
See what's happening in Billings clubs this week
Billings Hotel (BHCC)
1223 Mullowney Lane
Allen & Jill Kirkham, Almeda Bradshaw, Pegie Douglas, Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18 and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 19.
2216 Grand Ave.
The Bucky Beaver Ground Grippers, benefit dinner & auction: 6 p.m. Oct. 12. Benefits Cole’s Pantry, rural student food program. $30 individual, $50 couple, $200 table of 8. Tickets: 698-8986 or Imagine Studios/Platinum Salon, 485 S. 24th St. W.
2413 Montana Ave.
Music 7 p.m.-midnight
Shooting From The Hip: Freak Show (improv belly dance), Dallas Martin: Oct. 12.
Gypsy Jazz Festival: Oct. 13.
Route 66 6 p.m. Night Blooming Jasmine 7 p.m. Rimrock Hot Club 8 p.m.
Round Robin: Oct. 18.
Miss Massive Snowflake; Cloudflowers and Will Baker: Oct. 19.
734 Lewis Ave.
Yellowstone Bluegrass Association jam: 7 p.m. Oct. 12. (Upstairs lounge.) Public welcome.
Joe Sullivan Trio: 7 p.m. Oct. 13.
637 Anchor Ave.
Little Joe & The Cartwrights: 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 12 and 2-7 p.m. Oct. 14.
High Horse Saloon & Eatery
3953 Montana Ave.
7th Avenue Band: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 19-20.
1123 First Ave. N.
Loud & Proud Karaoke with Daniel Pemberton: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Wednesdays.
3839 Grand Ave.
Russell Engesser, accordionist: 6-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.
4912 Laurel Road
Karaoke: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. nightly.
2502 First Ave. N.
Tickets at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office, 2502 First Ave. N. or 877-987-6487.
Ticket price does not include service fees.
The Hellroaring: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Ages 21 and older. $12.
Adelitas Way: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Oct. 16. All ages. $10 advance, $15 day of show.
Jonathan Davis of Korn: Black Labyrinth Tour: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Oct. 17. With Birthday Massacre, Julien K. All ages. $25 advance, $28 day of show.
Montana Tunesmith CD release show: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Oct. 19. All ages. $10.
Shooters Casino & Sports Bar
1600 Avenue D
Elk River: 8 p.m. Oct. 13.
Stars ‘n’ Stripes Lounge & Casino
4910 Southgate Drive
Karaoke: 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Cocktail Katz: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays.
1525 Broadwater Ave.
D'tective: 8 p.m. Oct. 12-13.
2700 First Ave. N. 245-9291.
Big Sky Trio: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 14.
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery
1335 Holiday Circle, 281-8400
Lunatic Fringe: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12.
Cedar Ridge: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 13.
Open Mic Night: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, text Dylan at 406-860-9978.
Arterial Drive: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19.