"One of the most successful combinations of booty-shaking & brain-stimulating music to be released this year!"
"They've pretty much modernized the traditional concept, and they've spun it into a singular sound that's very unique and very vibrant. They went past the tried and true. They managed to do it all with a very distinct musical persona."
– Glenn Astarita on NPR's Morning Edition.
“Boston's own rabble of horn players and drummers bring a positively Sun Ra shine to second-line music."
– The Boston Herald
released 13 May 2008
Formed in 1990, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is an experimental brass band with influences ranging from free jazz to New Orleans second line to contemporary funk. They capture the fun of a street parade band while also expanding its stylistic range. This is their second album. Their first album received considerable public, radio, and press acclaim. This is the only CD ever released to include songs written by both Billy Idol & Ornette Coleman!
The band performs 40-50 times per year. Notable appearances have included the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Parade, the Cambridge River Festival, ArtBeat, the Central Square World's Fair, Tonic, First Nights Boston, Providence, & Fall River, the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Berklee Performance Center, and numerous other venues. The Snakes have traveled annually to New Orleans on the Amtrak Crescent train for the past four years, performing on the train along the way.
The Ensemble can be heard on Parade of Numbers, an animated counting piece regularly aired on the television program Sesame Street.
The band features:
Ken Field • Jon Fraser • Andrew Hickman • Kimon Kirk • Phil Neighbors • Erik Paull • Lennie Peterson