Expect to hear some “backbone-breaking” music at the next Levitt-Amp Music on Main summer concert series. Flow Tribe will take to the Heritage Park stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Flow Tribe is a six-member New Orleans-based band. This second-line brass band plays Cuban-Caribbean music along with rhythm and blues, soul, rock and hip-hop. They have recorded two full-length albums and several extended play records.
Band members include vocalist and trumpet player K.C. O’Rorke; harmonica player, vocalist, keyboardist, and washboard player John Michael-Early; drummer Russell Olschner; bassist and vocalist Chad Penot; guitar player Bryan Santos; and guitar player Mario Palmisano.
Flow Tribe’s most recent record, “Boss,” was released early in 2017 and was produced by Mannie Fresh who has worked with Rick Ross, Mystikal, Lil Wayne, and Big Freedia.
O’Rorke answered some questions about the performance.
Q. What kind of show can fans expect?
A. It’s backbone-breaking funk, rock blues music. It is the cultural music of New Orleans. It is good, fun music for everyone from children through grandparents. It is just a good joyous time.
Q. Flow Tribe will be bringing New Orleans funk and second line to Texas. For those that have never experienced that, what should people know about second line?
A. Second-line music is all inclusive. It’s Mardi Gras-type music. You do not know where the band ends and where the audience begins. The music is about joy and fun. It’s about having a good time with friends and family. It is definitely not classical. It’s a get-up-and-dance good time.
Q. What is a typical rehearsal like?
A. When we practice, it’s great. It’s like six song writers getting together. There is a wealth of ideas. We often times do not have the time to make it through all of the ideas because there are so many. We are a family. I travel with them 168 days out of the years, so I am often with them more than my own family. It is a crazy, great experience to see on the stage. We want to have fun and we want the audience to have fun at your shows with us.
Q. Who are the band’s musical influences?
A. The Meters and The Neville Brothers from New Orleans. On the modern side, we really like Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Q. Music on Main is a free concert series hosted by Downtown Denison. What do you like about performing concerts in small venues?
A. You get to meet people from other places. You get to see how other communities work. You get to see these people who have a strong passion for the community. We can’t wait to find out about Denison.
Q. When people leave the concert, what would you like them to be saying about Flow Tribe?
A. We want people to leave on a great note. We want them to leave having seen something different and having had a great time with family and friends. We want them to be saying, “We can’t wait to see those guys again.”