FORRO. FUNK. BRASS.
Pounded by calloused hands; blasted by tight grooves. It calls across time and continents - with a response from hips and feet. It’s the force that blew through Louis Armstrong in the twenties. It’s the power that gets Brazilians swinging in the streets for carnival.
Nation Beat singularly conjures up this elemental musical mojo, drawing on the wellsprings of rhythm that lit up jazz and got maracatu thundering. Nation Beat takes off with be-bop-via-Brazil drumming; propelled by percussive bursts of New Orleans-flavored brass. But forget the musical history; this is music to make you dance.
Nation Beat is
Scott Kettner: Drums and Percussion
Paul Carlon: Tenor Sax/Arrangements
Mark Collins: Trumpet
Mariel Bildsten: Trombone
Joe Correia: Sousaphone
the most original and alluring fusion band I have heard in years!"
Banning Eyre, Afropop & NPR
“You’ll be hard-pressed to sit still during their show.”
Festival International de Louisianne
“Dangerously funky... an East-coast, funk-crazed Los Lobos”
“A fresh, vibrant hybrid that plants a foot in two disparate cultures and still dances up a storm."
“Nation Beat plays every fun style of music ever invented!"
“Comes off like a typical afternoon’s stroll through the
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
The blend is often irresistible.”
“Just a fantastic group. I was overwhelmed!”
Nation Beat "Forró de Dois Amigos" Video