Viper City Brass Band is a way cool local group that we don’t get to see all too often these days. The band plays the brassy funk of New Orleans, and does so with some of Fresno’s best musicians.
Part of the reason, we don’t see a whole lot of Viper City shows? Some of the members are off in other cities these days. But tonight’s show at The Landmark is a brass band reunion, including former Fresnans such as Nate Ketner and Sam Rocha who are home for the holidays.
The music starts after Fresno Pub Quiz — for the smarty pants’ amongst us. That oughta be around 10 p.m. There’s no cover.
Jurzak, who now resides in the musical wonderland of New Orleans, was an original member of Viper City Brass Band before moving. In New Orleans, he plays with well-known brass band Bonerama.
Viper City Brass Band plays the brassy funk that originated New Orleans. The band features a number of well-traveled local musicians who also play in groups such as 40 Watt Hype, Los Hooligans and Let’s Go Bowling.
The show starts at 10 p.m. — it’s like the Pub Quiz afterparty — and is free to attend.
If you’re not familiar with how FPQ works: It’s $5 per person to play. Teams of up to six are allowed, so bring some smart friends. There are four rounds, each starting with a music clip you have to identify and then questions about everything from art history to soccer. The team with the most points at the end has a chance at winning some cash. Be sure to get there early to register your team.
It’s Fat Tuesday, so you know the parties are aplenty. As is usually the case, expect the Tower District to be hopping with activity. Party people will be walking up and down the Olive Avenue like they think they’re on Bourbon Street — and Fresno PD will be watching closely, so be on your best behavior.