(PCM) Having been a longtime fans of The Soul Rebels we were absolutely overjoyed to learn that the New Orlean’s based brass ensemble would be performing at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA. Despite the chilly temperatures outside, the heat was on inside the moderately packed venue as we soaked up the band’s raw energy and soulful sounds moving and grooving our way through a fantastic evening of music.
With no opening act, The Soul Rebels immediately took to the stage and got the party started! What we adore so much about The Soul Rebels is the ability to blend together multiple genres of music to create a sound that is very much their own. While, they are a brass ensemble at the end of the day, they flawlessly unite elements of rock, pop, rap, country and soul and their music becomes a gorgeous mosaic of all these elements combined.
The band wasted no time on stage churning out their hits such as “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” and “Off The Wall” right way which nicely set the pace for rest of what was in-store. Special guest MC Talib Kweli joined The Soul Rebels on stage for the second half of their performance and magnificently plowed through his hits “The Blast”, “I Try” and “Get Some”. The audience was delighted and while there appeared to be plenty of dedicated Soul Rebel’s fans in the house, they surely managed to convert several new fans throughout the evening as well.
The band is about to embark on a three night residency at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl featuring special guests Big Freedia, Talib Kweli and other iconic artists, so definitely be sure to check them out! The Soul Rebels continue to chart new territory as they combine topnotch musicianship and songs with grooves that celebrate dancing, life, funk and soul.
Photography credit: Ken Schuler