Get down to the uplifting big band energy of Empire Strikes Brass, guaranteed to transport audiences with their soaring harmonies and captivating horn section. Empire Strikes Brass (ESB) is a high energy brass meets funk meets rock band hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. Rooted in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition of second-line parades and deep moving grooves reminiscent of old school funk, Empire Strikes Bass combine complex musical arrangements with thoughtful lyrical song structure. Swiftly moving between visceral blues jams, psychedelic jazz romps and delicate tunes alike, the band defies the conventional brass band paradigm.
The band released its debut album, "Theme For A Celebration" in 2017 and it was tapped as one of the top 100 album releases in 2017 by WNCW 88.7 radio. Since their conception, ESB has been a consistent fixture at various festivals throughout the east coast. They've shared the stage with the likes of Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band, Dr. John, Galactic and many others, headlined the South Carolina Jazz and Heritage Festival four years in a row celebrating the life of Dizzy Gillespie in his hometown of Cheraw, S.C. ESB horn players JP Furnas, Paul Juhl and Alex Bradley are also featured on the live album compilation from world-renowned artists Beats Antique entitled "Creature Carnival" released in 2015. The band is known to regularly parade off stage into the audience leading a the crowd in a raucous procession around the venue before, during or after their set—this is one high-octane performance you don’t want to miss!