MainLine is a New Orleans-based 8-piece funk/hip-hop/soul ensemble that started with an idea by sousaphonist Edward Lee - to build a group with traditional New Orleans brass band horns and add a funk/jam band feel with guitars, organ/keyboards, and drum set while incorporating modern hip-hop concepts. This band is built from the mold of great acts such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Soulive, Lettuce & The Soul Rebels. Their repertoire consists of original music, hits from some of the greats like James Brown, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Michael Jackson, and some contemporary arrangements of today’s hits.
The band has shared the stage with many notable artists such as 50 Cent, Trombone Shorty, and Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), and have been billed on shows with Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Skrillex, Nas, Billy Kreutzmann (of The Grateful Dead), Bootsy Collins, Gary Clark Jr. and The Revivalists to name a few.
Established in 2010, MainLine has built a solid reputation for quality performances and recordings. MainLine's debut album "MainLine Brass Band" was nominated for New Orleans' OffBeat Magazine "Best of the Beat" Award for Best Brass Band Album. The band has been featured on WGNO TV's "News With a Twist", and has also performed at many venues, such as the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience, French Quarter Festival, and Trombone Shorty's "Shorty Fest", an annual festival/fundraiser held during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival benefitting the Trombone Shorty Foundation. The band has also packed many New Orleans nightclubs such as the House of Blues, Blue Nile and The Maple Leaf Bar, and has performed at corporate/private events throughout New Orleans and the gulf region.
Unique sound, party atmosphere and an exciting, fun filled live show - that's what MainLine brings to any venue or event. And, MainLine is poised and ready to take their unique sound to the world.