2015-2016 Season

No BS! Brass

The Chenango Arts Council is pleased to present its final performance of its 40th Season, the No BS! Brass Band on Saturday May 7, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Martin W. Kappel Theater, 27 West Main Street, Norwich, New York.

No BS! earned the title of "MVPs" at the Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin earlier this year, where they joined everyone from Sufjan Stevens to Bon Iver onstage, in addition to playing multiple sets of their own. They were just getting warmed up.

No BS! - who have performed everywhere from The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center to the NPR Music offices - were named one of the Best Live Bands of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal, and NPR says they "redefine what a brass band can do." No BS! has been riding an upswing ever since, and has mass appeal among music lovers around the globe. The horn and percussion ensemble has been a constant touring force, garnering praise from SPIN and Time magazines.

Based in Richmond, Virginia, No BS! Brass Band has quickly earned a reputation as a premiere band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. They take their music into uncharted territory, embracing the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk and fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound.

Founders Reggie Pace and Lance Koehler have cast this 11-piece band in which nearly every member has had conservatory training, holding various degrees in music. In putting together the compositions and arrangements, the “b.s.” has been stripped to give the audience something solid, unique, organic, real and powerful. They have the look of New Orleans with the raw sound all their own -- music is a true definition of the “Richmond sound”.

Also on Saturday May 7th, and in the essence of extending community-based art initiatives, the Arts Council is also pleased to reveal its plans to transform the Allegro Run festivities into a day-long May Day Community Celebration ripe with artists, craft and food vendors, and activities for the whole family. For the last 15 years, the Allegro Run and walk has made a name for itself with its two-fold mission of engaging public awareness for the arts while doubling as a fundraising opportunity which keeps the Arts council’s mission of community arts enrichment alive in Greater Chenango County.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day until 5:00 p.m., the Guernsey Park (located behind the Guernsey Memorial Library on Court Street in downtown Norwich, directly across West Main Street from the Arts Council) will be a hub of vibrant, creative activities and live music for everyone, regardless of age.

From the traditional May Pole Dance demonstration, free live musical entertainment and food vendors to the giant Open Hand Theater Puppets, Norwich Theater Company and art tents; the festival-like atmosphere will transform downtown Norwich into a destination for families.

The No BS! Brass Band will take the stage at 7:00pm and entertain into the night at the Martin W. Kappel Theater within the Chenango Arts Council. Tickets range in price from $24 to $30 with discounts for seniors and members of the Arts Council, and can be purchased online at or by calling 607-336-2787/ARTS.

This event is part of the Arts Council’s 40th Year Celebration sponsored by NBT Bank, underwritten by Mid Atlantic Arts, and supported by our Print Media Sponsors Pennysaver and Evening Sun.