Blending contemporary pop with tradition, NOLA based brass group The Soul Rebels move and groove with a smooth skillfulness. The eight piece band came together based on their shared passion for both radio and exploring soundscapes (R&B, rap, jazz, and beyond).
If you ever see them live, whether it's during a club residency or in a giant arena, their stage presence is contagious. Radiating absolute vibrancy, each member works off the group's collective energy and pours their heart in their instrument. It’s no wonder why they're a go-to backing band for exceptional acts like GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Nas.
The ensemble’s newest album, Poetry in Motion, is packed with hometown love, and features the likes of Tarriona “Tank” Ball of (Tank and The Bangas), Robert Glasper, PJ Morton, and Matisyahu. The standout single “Blow the Horns” combines energetic brass lines with the uplifting words of featured artists Passport P, Julian Gosin, and Sean Carey to create an emblematic, motivational anthem.
Since New Orleans is where the heart and soul of the band lies, we asked them to spill on their favorite (and most sentimental spots) around the historic city. Take a look below, and track The Soul Rebels on Bandsintown!
Audubon Park is a place that brings back so many childhood memories. Whether it was going to the zoo, riding my bike, or eating crawfish on the river, it’s always been a special place and my go-to. Nowadays, I love to workout in the park or just relax and watch the sunset on the Mississippi River. It definitely home and represent serenity.
Second Vine Wine is a place I love to vibe out and relax at. It's located in the historic Marigny. The atmosphere is friendly, fun and safe. People enjoy each other’s company, good music, food and vibes. Always interesting conversations to engage in and it's centrally located.
My favorite spot in New Orleans the Lakefront. I've been going there since I was a child, making trip with family and friends to Pontchartrain Beach. The light on the Lakefront Airport tower, shines on the 2nd floor of my home. This is a gem, and hardly any tourists know about this special spot. It feels natural and peaceful.
The John is my favorite spot in New Orleans. The John is not a bar, it's a a place of unity and community. It’s a place where color doesn’t exist nor class. It’s a true melting pot that everyone is invited to. The John is where we go to when we get home from a tour, it's a place we go to late at night after gigs. The John is our home, it's where we socialize and see the people we love.
Le Bon Temps Roule is The Soul Rebels' home base. It's where we've build many relationships, and also been the place where we test out our show and new songs before we tour. Le Bon Temps Roule is our test kitchen, and where a lot of people have discovered us. It's a bar and venue that we've had our weekly residency at for decades, nearly 20 years. Anytime we're off the road, you can find The Soul Rebels at this Thursday night weekly residency. Every type of person can be found at Le Bon Temps Roule.
You always hear people say you can get good food anywhere in New Orleans including a gas station. Triangle Deli has some of the best Soul food in New Orleans and it just so happen to be in a gas station! I've been going there all my life. It's the best!
Blue Nile a major staple on Frenchmen St. Frenchmen is the place the local musicians hangout and perform. All of your favorite local musicians play there, any you never know who might pop in for a sit in. We're always performing at Blue Nile, it's one of our main home bases.
If you're looking for a great late night spot for some authentic New Orleans food, Melba's is the place. You can get everything from gumbo to breakfast depending on what time you are there. It's a great after drinking and enjoying the great music on Frenchmen.
Barrow's has the some of the best catfish in the city. The catfish dishes they have tastes like mom made it at home. Home style! Be sure to get the potato salad, and finish it off with their great desserts.
Morrow's is the new hip spot to hangout. The food is awesome and the ambience is incredible. It's the spot where celebrities that come in town go to. It's has a fresh, hip and cool feel to it. It's represents the new New Orleans.
We Dat's is a new restaurant but it hasn't took them long to establish theirselves as one of the best wing spots in New Orleans. Their flavors will have you wanting to keep trying different ones every time you go.
Dooky Chase has been a stable in our community since 1941. It has host everybody from world leaders to a child that wanted a shrimp po-boy. It has always been the place you went for find dining in the black community. This was and still is the place you through on a nice suit and enjoy a nice white table cloth dinner.