NORWICH – For over a decade, Chenango County residents have had the opportunity to experience a wide variety of national talent in the weeks leading up to the Chenango Blues Festival and this year will be no different as the Chenango Blues Association once again offers up its Summer Concert Series, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday with a performance by the Rochester-based Po’Boys Brass Band.
A far cry from the traditional brass band, the Po’Boys were “founded by a bunch of trombone players that were fed up with sitting in the back of orchestras and jazz bands,” according to the band’s website, poboysbrassband.com.
Featuring trombonists Evan Dobbins, Nick Finzer, Erik Jacobs and Chris Van Hof, guitarist Mike Frederick, drummer Chris Teal and T.J. Ricer on sousaphone, this New Orleans-inspired ensemble has, in recent years, established itself as a powerhouse of brass, funk, soul and rock, from Stevie Wonder to Tower of Power, Led Zeppelin to Edgar Winter.
“It’s a style we’ve never put on before and we like to represent as many styles as we can,” said Chenango Blues Association Board of Directors President Eric Larsen, who added the blues association had been trying to get the band involved with the annual festival for several years. “It’s something we haven’t done before and I think people will like it. It’s fun music and something you won’t see anywhere else.”