The incendiary Bay Area horns-and-drums band Brass Magic plays high-energy dance music infused with fresh, modern influences. Instead of the traditional New Orleans Second Line brass band approach that their instrumentation would suggest, Brass Magic merges hip-hop, rock, R&B, soul, world music, and electronic dance music into a contemporary sound that brings audiences to their feet.
Started in 2010 by trombonist Danny Lubin-Laden, Brass Magic originally existed as a casual assemblage of musician friends to play Lubin-Laden’s compositions at house parties in the Bay Area. With a move to Brooklyn and recruitment of classmates from The New School to perform around New York City, the band developed solid performance experience and a fiery book of originals.
Moving back to the West Coast and settling in Oakland in 2013, Brass Magic have developed a hard-won following for their raucous live shows around the Bay Area at night clubs and impromptu busking gigs on city streets. While holding down a weekly residency at San Francisco’s endeared Madrone Art Bar, Brass Magic has performed at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Live Oak Music Festival, SFJAZZ, The Independent, Great American Music Hall, The Chapel, The New Parish, The Echoe (LA) and shared the stage with The California Honeydrops, Rebelution, Man Man, Landlady, Bells Atlas, Zongo Junction and Moon Hooch.
“Brass Magic doesn’t make toe-tapping music: It makes life-affirming, groovy party music.”
— The East Bay Express