If you’re looking for bands that have established themselves as a musical institution in Richmond, No BS! Brass Band would have to be near the top of the list. Founded by Reggie Pace and Lance Koehler, their jazz conservatory take on New Orleans brass funk has an infectious, body-quaking appeal. Not only have they been featured everywhere from Floydfest to The Kennedy Center to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, but they also seem to find a way to sit in with every other major act traveling through town.
It seems more than fitting, then, that they are the headliners of The Broadberry’s upcoming RVA (All Day) Block Party, named after their eminently shoutable hometown-repping anthem. Featuring an all-star lineup of Richmond favorites, the action takes place in the outdoor courtyard during the afternoon and evening, before moving inside for the late night sets. With more than a dozen acts of all stripes, we asked the organizers to offer a more personal assessment of the various performers.
- Sweetest hair? Spooky Cool
- Workout playlist champs? Night Idea
- Drunkest? People’s Blues of Richmond
- Most woke? Angelica Garcia
- Best music to snog to? Thorp Jenson
- Most likely to survive a nuclear holocaust? Dharma Bombs
- Least likely to survive a nuclear holocaust? South Hill Banks
- Running for president 2020? Prabir
- Probably hosting the after party? Hardywood Park Craft Beer
The RVA (All Day) Block Party is going down on Saturday, April 28 at The Broadberry. Music starts at 1 PM and goes until close. Early bird admission $25, late birds $30. Tickets and full schedule available at thebroadberry.com. Hear more of No BS! Brass Band at nobsbrass.com.
Photography by Brian Brown