Meridian Star

April 11, 2013

Big Easy band to perform in Meridian

From staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Ashton Hines — The Big Easy Brawlers will perform at Faces Jazz and Blues Lounge Friday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

    Touted as "the band without a genre," Ashton Hines —The Big Easy Brawlers, was started by Lord Ashton "RedBull" Hines, according to the band's Facebook page.

    "Ashton is a young trumpet player who also plays drums," the website states. "Ashton has played in and lead many of New Orleans young brass bands and has played in a host of traditional brass bands and New Orleans funk bands. Now his goal is to step out on his own and do something new that takes all he's learned over the years from brass band, marching band,church, jazz, gospel, hip hop and all other genres of music and mix it all up into a big gumbo pot of musical joy."

    The New Orleans-based group has been dubbed "the up and coming" band to follow, according to event organizers.

    Guitarist Joshua Benitez, former leader of A New Light Joshua, also plays piano and bass and is experienced in a wide range of musical genres.

    "Now armed with a host of New Orleans Funk roots, such as the Meters and direction from Ashton Hines, Joshua Benitez adds a power house of shredding and funky finesse to the over all sonic perfection of the Big Easy Brawlers," one review states.

    Event organizers are hoping to attract patrons from the Aaron Neville performance in Meridian earlier Friday night.

    Neville, a grammy award-winning artist, takes the MSU Riley Center stage with his latest album, "My True Story," at 7:30 p.m. Friday.