Start your weekend off on a musical note with Stooges Brass Band! The New Orleans band will perform Thursday, July 15 during the release of Can’t Be Faded: Twenty Years in the New Orleans Brass Band Game, hosted by The Garden District Book Shop.

The book is co-authored by Stooges Brass Band and Kyle DeCoste and published by University Press of Mississippi. Can't Be Faded is a collaboration between musician and ethnomusicologist DeCoste and more than a dozen members of Stooges Brass Band, past, and present. It is also the first book authored by a brass band.


"It is the culmination of five years of interviews, research, and writing. Told with humor and candor, Can’t Be Faded is as much a personal account of the members' careers as it is a story of the city's musicians. Even more generally, it is a coming-of-age tale about black men in the United States at the turn of the twenty-first century."

The event includes a welcome reception with snacks and beverages provided. DeCoste and Walter Ramsey, the bandleader, will share insights from the book discussing everything from practices to performances. A Q&A and an exclusive performance will follow, and the band and DeCoste will be available to sign and personalize books.

Individual tickets are $33 and include a copy of the book and the welcome reception snacks and beverages. Couple tickets are available for $43 and include entry for two, one copy of the book, and snacks and beverages at the welcome reception. Tickets are available here.

Garden District Book Shop is located inside the historic Rink at 2727 Prytania Street