Kermit Ruffins needs only two words to hype a New Orleans barroom for one of his weekly shows, and this, his personal slogan, sums up what this Big Easy ambassador is all about.
While still in high school, he co-founded the Rebirth Brass Band – a group that revolutionized the brass band community in New Orleans with songs like “Do Watcha Wanna” that have become anthems. Rebirth’s growth and success bolstered the rejuvenation of the New Orleans second-line culture that now flourishes.
Now, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are a beloved institution – a must-see for every music lover. As he’d helped spur the formation of new brass bands in his 20s, he’s since influenced the NOLA’s musical direction in the 21st century.