The Soul Rebels
At Dibden on August 25, 2008
With a sound that spans the wide spectrum of African-American musical styles from the brass band tradition to hip hop, the Soul Rebels are among New Orleans’s finest and most innovative groups. In addition to their own recordings, the Soul Rebels can be heard on the title track to Galactic’s most recent release, From the Corner to the Block.
This high-energy, multi-instrumental eight-piece ensemble features Lumar LeBlanc, Derrick Moss, Edward Lee, Nori Hirata, Tannon Williams, Marcus Hubbard, Winston Turner, and Erion Williams, all college-trained musicians bringing forth a sound that never fails to get their audience moving.
The Soul Rebels have opened for a number of acclaimed groups, including the Neville Brothers, Bootsy Collins, A Tribe Called Quest, Better than Ezra, Counting Crows, The Fugees, Digital Underground, The Roots, Brand New Heavies, The Gap Band and Robert Plant & Jimmy Page just to name a few. The Soul Rebels have traveled the US and abroad, bringing their live and uncut rhythms as far as England, Italy, and France.
They come to JSC after a summer of touring and performing at festivals like Bonnaroo to help our incoming first year students and the larger community welcome the new academic year with an inimitable energy and sound. Their deep connection to New Orleans will add to our exploration of the impact of Hurricane Katrina that centers around our Common Reading Book for 2008, 1 Dead in Attic.
To get a taste of the Soul Rebels' sound and to view some performances, visit their MySpace page.