By Lookout Staff
August 30, 2012 -- Brooklyn funk band The Pimps of Joytime will step in for the Hot 8 Brass Brand, which is stranded in hurricane-battered New Orleans, at Thursday evening's free Twilight Dance series Concert at the Santa Monica Pier.
Guitarist Leo Nocentelli, from the New Orleans band The Meters, will join the Pimps as a special guest. As scheduled, the Gumbo Brothers will open the show.
Known for their infectious dance grooves and catchy melodies, The Pimps are led by Brian J, who is described on the band's website as "a charismatic and soulful visionary," who is a "an accomplished live performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer."
"The band’s diverse sound and spirited attitude is strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge, according to the website. Their sound is "an artful blend of musical styles, including elements of afrobeat, salsa, rock & roll and electronica."
The band has recently collaborated with such stars as Cyril and Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and Roy Ayers.
Known for their weekly local performances at clubs and parties, the Veince Beach-based Gumbo Brothers released their debut cd, "Funky Freedom," in 2007.
"This collection of swampy funk is deep in the pocket, right where it should be," according to CDBaby. "The grooves are thick, the vocals are sparse and always add texture to the interplay between the musicians, and the vibes never get bogged down."
Their 2008 follow-up "The Gumbo Brothers On Fire," was a collection of original Mardi Gras songs, which should bring the New Orleans sounds stranded by the hurricane to the pier.