Widespread Panic and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Widespread Panic and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Tonight, on the Monday of The American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting (APTA’s CSM) week, I bring you a New Orleans staple. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of the baddest bands in the country. The ensemble was established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band. The Dirty Dozen revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz style, and has been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands since.

New Orleans

The conference is in New Orleans this year, and while I have been a few times before, this will be my first time post Katrina. I figured what better way to start this week off with a little Dirty Dozen Brass band (who I saw first at Jazz Fest) and Widespread Panic. The song is “Coconuts” and while it may be close to my favorite Widespread Panic song, it pains me to say I have never seen it live.


I asked my audience what some things are I need to do while in New Orleans. The food is an obvious choice. Dr Austin Win and I wrote an article about where to eat. I am more interested in a deep dive into culture. It sounds like Tipitina’s is the go to for music, and Mardi Gras World to see the floats up close and personal. I am wondering if I need to see some voodoo chile or some creole church services. I simply won’t have time to do any alligator hunting, but a good crawfish boil topped off with a kind cake could be nice. Leave a comment here or any of my social media outlets on what I should do whilst in NOLA! Laissez Bon Temps Roulez!

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