New Birth buries Katrina, ReBirth rocks the Cabooze

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Katrina was given a New Orleans funeral in Houston last Thursday at Sammy's, the club now being called "Treme, Texas" in homage to the flooded NOLA neighborhood. According to our Houston Press colleague John Nova Lomax, the ceremony included a parade marshal in a "Katrina" sash and a performance by second-line greats the New Birth Brass Band.

New Birth's friends and neighbors the ReBirth Brass Band, meanwhile, played an exhilarating set at the Cabooze in Minneapolis on Saturday for a crowd that included at least 20 evacuees. "Katrina took my house, my car, she took every material thing from me," said trumpet player Shamar Allen. "But you know one thing she can't take from me is my music."

Injecting humor into an otherwise poignant event, ReBirth covered TLC's "Waterfalls" to a round of laughter, dedicated the Rolling Stones' "It's All Over Now" to the hurricane, and riffed on the Gilligan's Island theme (a tribute to the late Bob Denver)...

Setting down his donated trombone, Stafford "Freaky Pete" Agee made good on his name by inviting a female dancer onstage and asking, "Do you mind if I spank your ass?" Later he brought Mike Olander, percussionist of local openers the Jack Brass Band, up under the lights to offer thanks: "Mike has been working his ass off from Minnesota," Agee said, "locating every brass band musician out of the city of New Orleans."

"He made sure Phil had underwear," said Shamar Allen, referring to sousaphone player Philip Frazier and the band's recent trip to Target.

"For real," said Agee. "We been freeballing for a week now."

More photos and memories from the show at

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