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"Dirty Shorts" kicks off concert series Thursday night

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The Dirty Shorts Brass Band from the Twin Cities will open the Concert in the Park series on the Lakefront Park band shell at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

The band is a second line group performing both traditional and contemporary Dixieland style brass band music using the standard New Orleans instrumentation that includes trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, sousaphone, snare and bass drums. They also do a lot of singing.

Second line brass bands are heard throughout the music festivals in New Orleans, and are an important part of Mardi Gras. They will play Dixieland favorites including: "Saints Go Marching In," " Just A Closer Walk," "St James Infirmary," and "Basin Street Blues."