The Big Parade
Down by the Riverside

Down by the Riverside Secondline

The Down by The Riverside walking street parade on November 26, 2005 was the first big second-line (five hours long beginning to end), after the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. This soundscape features the Hot 8 Brass Band in the foreground and from time to time, at rests, at breaks, the To Be Continued Brass Band in the background, a prayer and an homage to the fallen great Mardi Gras Indians’ Big Chief of Chiefs, Allison Tootie Montana and a singing crowd trying to let go and be free all along the way.
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Flag Gang - Super Sunday Before the Storm

Flag Gang – Super Sunday Before the Storm

The Hot 8 Brass Band Lost Recording Series
Flag Gang – Super Sunday 2005
The Sound Before the Storm

Just about a year before the parade, the virtuoso Hot 8 trombonist, Joe William, got shot and killed for nothing nobody who saw can figure to be right if you hear the tales officials tell for the why of it. There were many witnesses. Shot 14 times inside his truck, while his hands were up and sticking out the window like they’d bullhorned him to do – the bright white light on him, the police all around him with their loud lights and trained guns and horseshit stories for why it was right for them to shoot him down dead like that. These are the kinds of things that can happen in New Orleans.

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The Parade of the Serpent Part 2

The Parade of the Serpent Part 2

Location: Santiago de Cuba
Performer: Conga Los Hoyos
Track: The Parade of the Serpent Part 2

In the prestigious ultimate position of the Parade of the Serpent, Conga Los Hoyos warmed up their precision sound as they paused in front of the grandstand to pay their respects. In this excerpt they play Santiago folk tunes with all the crowd singing along and then slowly crank it up into their signature rhythm as they begin to roll into the coming night. The second part of this parade, where we follow Conga Los Hoyos exclusively, went on for four hours but in this time the band was only able to move three short blocks.

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Everyone wants to be close to the power of the drums, the people slow down and lean in towards the beat, wiggling here and squeezing there through the crowd trying to get closer, and closer going slow, and slower dragging their feet as they shake their hips pressed up tight one body on top of the next everyone touching side to side in order to keep on feeling the release of that beat coursing through their spirit. This small cut from the parade gives you an idea of the machina that is the wonder of Conga Los Hoyos when they are deep in their groove.


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