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Even in a city that doesn’t play by the rules, New Orleans’ Bonerama is something different. They can evoke vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation in the same set; maybe even the same song. Bonerama has been repeatedly recognized by Rolling Stone, hailed as “the ultimate in brass balls” (2005) and praised for their “…crushing ensemble riffing, human-feedback shrieks and wah-wah growls” (2007). Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown; what other brass band could snag an honor for “Best Rock Band” (Big Easy Awards 2007)? As cofounder Mark Mullins puts it, “We thought we could expand what a New Orleans brass band could do. Bands like Dirty Dozen started the “anything goes” concept, bringing in the guitars and the drum kit and using the sousaphone like a bass guitar. We thought we could push things a little further.”

New Orleans’ fertile club scene was directly responsible for Bonerama getting together. Trombonists Mullins and Craig Klein were both members of Harry Connick’s band, where they’d been since 1990. Both were looking to supplement this gig with something a little less structured. “Harry sets the bar pretty high, and you have to play it the same way every night for everyone to follow.”

The big chance came in the summer of ’98, when Mullins had a weekly residency at Tipitina’s in the French Quarter. The club was then turning weekly slots over to some of the city’s favorite musicians, including Allen Toussaint and Cyril Neville; Mullins got charge of Wednesdays.

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  • lateraliad

    Great music!!! Love these guys. Please visit Amsterdam!

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • milkeyedphreak

    are you guys coming to Kermit Ruffins & BBQ Swingers and BONERAMA show on Feb. 18th-19th in NYC? Mardi Gras is coming to the city! see you there! for more info visit http://www.nolafunk.com/

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • OneDrunkWalking

    Show in Burlington VT was spectacular last night - unfortunately cut a little short by "weather issues" (read: nervous cops & firemen). Ill bet they have played during and through weather that put ours to shame.... anyway tremendous talent and you can tell they love what they are doing!

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Fairfieldtheatr

    Bonerama is coming to Fairfield, Ct June 18th 2009. The Fairfield Theatre company is hosting Bonerama on StageOne. If you are interested in more information or would like to buy tickets please click on the following link; http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org/

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • CapnCrunchDaPmp

    Lol at the name, great band though.

    4 Apr 2009 Reply
  • uranutan

    Great, now I have a folder on my computer called Bonerama.

    1 Sep 2008 Reply
  • whutupp

    Man, War Pigs and Whipping Post are absolutely incredible. Love it.

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • faportilho

    I have just come back from a presentation of Bonerama at Rio das Ostras Jazz and Blues Festival (Rio de Janeiro/Brazil). Can't wait to see them again! "War pigs" don't let my mind!

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • xiongchiamiov

    Friend mentioned you guys, so I looked you up here, listened to some previews, and bought an album off Amazon mp3. Rockin'!

    17 Mar 2008 Reply
  • MOEmusicSNOWyo

    YOU GUYS ARE INCREDIBLE!!! Congrats on the new EP collaboration with OK Go and being on Letterman on Monday. You deserve it!! Can't wait to see you guys again :-)

    8 Feb 2008 Reply
  • FunkyStickman

    Hey! I was at Tip's when you recorded Bringing It Home and I loved it! Front row, soaking in the Super Heavy Funk that is Bonerama. Can't wait to see you again!

    30 May 2007 Reply

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