Phil and Dirty Coast's relationship goes back to 1996 when Blake, our Creative Director, booked Rebirth for shows up in Sewanee, Tennessee where he had a budget for parties. He of course selfishly used the budget to bring some New Orleans Brass and Funk up to Tennessee. The campus soon embraced Rebirth and 700 folks would show up. Blake and Phil quickly became friends. Phil is one of the kindest and important figures on the creative and cultural scene here in town.
"Sewanee was very fun and strange ... very interesting and if we never had went I would have not met you my brother! Long road trips in a van."
For those who don't know, the Rebirth Brass Band was founded in 1983 by Phil and his his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and Kermit Ruffins. Check out their Wikipedia page or their profile on Music Rising at Tulane.
We love Rebirth so much (and they us) that we produced a great design in honor of their local anthem DO WATCHA WANNA.
What should someone add to their bucket list for experiencing New Orleans and the surrounding Parishes?
Jazz and gospel.
What does it mean to be a New Orleanian?
It's all in your soul!
What neighborhood do you live in?
Gentilly is one of the best places to live and also the Treme area for culture.
What is great about your street and block?
Speaking for myself everything cause it's a great place to live!
Snowball flavor (s)
Strawberry and cinnamon is top of the list.
Who would be their ultimate festival headliner?
Rebirth Brass Band with Trombone Shorty :)
How do you do Mardi Gras Day?
Drink all day and you can make it.
Your favorite Dirty Coast shirt design?
All the hot shirts you have.
If you want to catch Phil and Rebirth any time you are in town you can't go wrong with Tuesday Nights at the Maple Leaf club on Oak Street. They have had that spot for something like 20 years. Go sweat out the day.