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First Annual New York Brass Festival Announced

10-hour marathon at McKittrick Hotel set for June 10

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New York City isn’t often thought of as a center for brass bands, but that may change on Sunday, June 10, when the first annual New York Brass Festival gets underway at the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea. The 10-hour event will feature 10 bands on two stages and cover a wide range of music styles, from New Orleans-style funk to Indian wedding music to free jazz.

The festival’s headliners, Slavic Soul Party, will perform selections from their latest album, a Balkan-influenced take on Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite, while Gato Loco will play their Enchanted Messa, which reinterprets Verdi’s Requiem through a self-described “psycho-mambo” lens.

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