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Lowdown Brass Band combines traditional and modern music for a unique sound

Posted at 10:40 AM, Jul 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-07 11:40:25-04

MILWAUKEE — The Lowdown Brass Band is a blast from the past crossed with modern influences for a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

"It's a nice little gumbo going on," Anthony Avaro, also known as Billa Camp, said.

He is the emcee of a 10 piece brass band from Chicago. The group combines a robust horn section with smooth hip hop lyrics to create a unique sound.

"I would say it's a mix of New Orleans street beat mixed with a little bit of modern, and then we bring in the hip hop (and) a little bit of R&B," Avaro said.

There are no pianos, guitars or any other instruments. The band is made up of just vocals, horns and drums.

The group has been around for 15 years and performed all over including headlining the Montreal Jazz Festival. However, most recently they hit the Johnson World Controls stage at Summerfest. TODAY'S TMJ4 met them backstage for a quick jam session and asked two of the members some unusual questions.