The Soul Rebels have been together as The Soul Rebels for more than 10 years now -- long enough to have their own long-standing gig at Le Bon Temps Roule on the corner of Bordeaux and Magazine streets in New Orleans.
"We love that place," he said. "It means 'Let the good times roll' in French."
The Soul Rebels play a very physical kind of jazz.
"Everything we do, you have to be able to move to," he said. "We don't want you to come out and sit at a table with your little candle and hold a conversation over a drink. It's not the kind of jazz we do -- so sorry, Mr. Marsalis."
Moss said The Soul Rebels want to wear you out so that when you go home, you feel like you've done something.
"When you leave, I want your shirt to be as wet as mine," he said. "And I want you to feel great."
The band's touring schedule and frequent overseas travel has led to unexpected and unlikely musical collaborations, including one with a heavy metal band.
Almost two years ago, they were booked on"Later... with Jools Holland," a late night music show in the U.K., along with three other bands. One of them was a band calling itself Metallica.
Moss said he didn't actually believe it was the eight-time Grammy winning heavy metal group.
"I was like, 'Who do these guys think they are?' You can't go around using that name."
It seemed weird to him that a prominent heavy metal band would be booked on the same show as a jazz brass band like The Soul Rebels, but it was the same Metallica, and the guys in the metal band thought The Soul Rebels were exciting and fun.
After the show, drummer Lars Ulrich came up to them and told Moss they ought to do something together.
Moss said, "I didn't hesitate. I told them, 'My manager is right over there. Let's hook this up.'"
A month later, The Soul Rebels were opening for Metallica at its 30th anniversary concert in San Francisco.
"We have no boundaries," Moss said.
The River Queen will run a taxi service between Haddad Riverfront Park and the University of Charleston on Friday for Blues, Brews & BBQ. Those departing at UC must have or be willing to purchase a ticket to the day's event.
Tickets are $3 for adults. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Leave Haddad: 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m.Leave UC: 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 and 10:30 p.m.
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