What Cheer? Brigade
Providence, Rhode Island
The Festival of Fools always thrives with an excellent brass group. We scored this year and are thrilled to present What Cheer? Brigade for three high-energy days in Burlington. The Brigade is a 20-piece brass band hailing from Providence, RI. They quickly prove that great parties need no electricity. We talked to them about what mics and stage size they need for their stage show – all the standard questions. They wrote back and said they don’t need mics and don’t like stages. They want to party with the people. Perfect.
“Thrillingly competent, with undimmable energy…an explosion of good cheer.”-The New York Times “They never actually took a stage, but Providence, RI’s What Cheer? dominated the Newport Folk Fest like a headliner.”-SPIN Since 2005, the band has been as likely to appear at community benefits as at all-night parties, playing bars, clubs, streets, libraries, cemeteries, weddings, bus stops, and playgrounds, and now Church Street. In 2010, they joined Anchor Brain Records to re-release their second CD; We Blow, You Suck and Classy: Live in Pawtucket in 2011.
They’ve played with Blondie, Dan Deacon, Man Man, Japanther, Dengue Fever, Okkervil River, Lightning Bolt, Ninjasonik, Mika Miko, Wolf Parade, Matt and Kim, Slavic Soul Party, Javelin, Sage Francis, and Chain and the Gang. We’ve appeared at Lollapalooza, The Newport Folk Festival, Aarhus Festuge (Denmark), Sziget (Hungary), and Guca (Serbia), offering mobile moments of intense entertainment.
Look for them popping up all over the Church Street all weekend and then see them (in front of) or City Hall Park stage on Saturday evening. They will also lead our Festival Parade down Church Street on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Street Performers will be up & down the Church Street Marketplace Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11-10 p.m.; & Sunday, 11-6 p.m.
All busking shows are free, but we encourage you to show your support by tipping generously!