The Howlin’ Wolf Management is a full service artist management company. HWM is already working with indisputable legends of the New Orleans music scene as well as the city’s up-and-coming artists on the rise. HWM’s creative roster includes:
REBIRTH BRASS BAND
Simply put, The Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Their persistent production of the rich, New Orleans Brass Band sound won the band a Grammy on their 2011 release, “Rebirth of New Orleans.” Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of brass funk has won over several generations of music lovers, and in a post-Katrina world, their name and music have become the soundtrack to their musically rich hometown. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.
How many artists can claim being praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Brave Combo and Ani DiFranco, collaborations such as Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin or bands he’s fronted, including Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.
HOT 8 BRASS BAND
For over 20 years one of the most popular and visible funk-style brass bands in community parades and funerals has been the Hot 8 Brass Band. In 1996 sousaphone player Bennie Pete was instrumental in merging two former Fortier High School student groups, the High Steppers and the Looney Tunes Brass Bands, to form the Hot 8. The players grew up together and maintain strong, family-like bonds and regular membership. Most of them were born between 1975 and ’87 in a generation that grew up hearing mainly modern-style brass bands in community functions. The band can be larger than many younger groups often featuring ten members, including three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, bass drum, and snare drum. As is common among some more modern groups, the Hot 8 uses only one reed player and like most of the younger bands, the Hot 8’s funk style is a blend of influences from the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth, with more elements of contemporary r&b, rap, and its local variation, “bounce.” The uniqueness of their sound is mainly due to a steady stream of creative original songs and ideas composed or introduced by various band members. Since the Dirty Dozen, the sousaphone has had a more prominent role in brass bands as a feature and solo instrument; it frequently sets up and maintains short rhythmic (often melodic) grooves that dominate and propel most songs in the band.
Naughty Professor is a forward thinking music endeavor pioneered by six young musicians from around the country, now anchored in New Orleans, Louisiana. Formed in 2011, the band's mission was to embody the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy in a constantly evolving, high energy funk/soul outfit. Naughty Professor's live performances, which weave together complex compositions and loose individual improvisation, quickly commanded the attention of many notable musicians in town, including Chali 2na, George Porter Jr., Galactic, and The Revivalists. With fresh recorded material in the works and a rigorous tour schedule planned for 2016 and beyond, Naughty Professor is poised to soon become the next household name associated with the echelon of New Orleans music.
Born from a Jazzfest Jam session, RumpelSTEELskin combines rock and funk with Ed Williams’(The Revivalists) amazingly unique vocal influenced Steel Guitar. Influenced by guitarists and soul singers of the 60’s and 70’s, Ed leads a rotating musical force that brings the New Orleans spirit to gospel, rock and funk Pedal Steel Guitar. Members include George Gekas (The Revivalists) on bass, Michael Girardot (The Revivalists) on keys and David Shirley (Cardinal Sons) on Drums.
Sexual Thunder! is an American funk music act, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The five piece band brings together elements of deep funk, rock, jazz and R&B to create grooves to keep your body moving. Spreading a message of peace, love and understanding, Sexual Thunder! expresses a fresh and unique voice to the musical world.