An 8-piece funk/hip-hop/soul ensemble, Mainline takes the horns of a traditional New Orleans brass band and adds funky and hip-hop overtones from guitars, organ/keyboards, and drums. The brainchild of sousaphonist Edward Lee, Mainline was molded in the likeness of New Orleans greats such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Soulive, and Lettuce. The group’s repertoire includes original songs, pop classics from the likes of James Brown and Michael Jackson, and arrangements of today’s hits.
Since forming in 2010, Mainline has shared the stage with the likes of 50 Cent and Trombone Shorty, and has been billed on shows featuring Neil Young, Jack White, Skrillix, Snarky Puppy, and Gary Clark, Jr. Their energetic performances and studio sessions have earned critical acclaim, with the band’s debut album Mainline Brass Band earning a nomination for the OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Award for Best Brass Band Album. Mainline has also been featured on WGNO TV’s news program New With a Twist, and are frequent performers on the festival circuit, with past shows at Voodoo Music & Arts Experience, French Quarter Festival, and Trombone Shorty’s “Shorty Fest.”