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Tuba Skinny USA


Sat 4 Oct 2014, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Zoo, 711 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $34.70
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: sarah215

Direct from the streets of New Orleans, TUBA SKINNY return to Australia for national headline tour

“If Woody Allen ever runs out of scratchy old records to use in his films, he might well turn to Tuba Skinny to provide a new take on traditional jazz and blues.” 

Roll Magazine (USA)

"The music is magical, you get the feeling that Tuba Skinny isn't just recreating this music, but has somehow been transported in time from the roaring twenties to the streets of today." 

The Daily Freeman

After a string of completely sold out shows in 2013, New Orleans ensemble Tuba Skinny return to Australia this October for their fourth tour, bringing back their world famous barnstormin' live performances of distinctive old time blues, ragtime, and traditional jazz revivals of long lost songs and sounds. The band will return with two new albums Pyramid Strut, recorded in Tasmania by Chris Townend on their last visit, and their newest album Owl Call Blues.

After independently moving to New Orleans, all with the desire to play music, Tuba Skinny formed when the individual’s members met on the streets and began busking together before heading out on the road around the United States. Originally known as the “Dead Man Street Orchestra”, the group travelled riding freight trains and making music wherever they went.

In 2009 they became Tuba Skinny and were inspired by the early southern jazz and blues music of the twenties and thirties, playing in the streets of New Orleans. Visitors and locals alike would come to the French Quarter and watch them play, with their crowds growing quickly. With a thirst to broaden their music horizons the band jumped on a plane to Europe, built bikes and rode through the French countryside drinking wine and stopping to play on sidewalks, in town squares, around campfires and at beaches.

During this trip they were plucked off the streets by the festival programmer of The Festival de Jazz in Vitoria-Gastiez, Spain and were invited to return the following summer to perform at the festival. This was the beginning of many performance invitations from major European, Australian, Canadian and US festivals. Tuba Skinny are a totally independent act and have grown their audiences purely through word of mouth and other non traditional ways including through international swing dance communities, and their barnstormin’, dance driven live shows.

Be sure to book fast, as Tuba Skinny will sell out!