Coming back to my hotel wiped out after a day on a conference floor, I hear this joyous sound around the corner. Powerful, thrilling, happy brass band music. My utterly exhausted feet couldn't stop moving. Everyone from middle school to (possibly) college freshmen in the band were playing their hearts out. The CD-R with hand-written labels they're selling are great.
Now back in Atlanta, I've looked up who they are. I've heard them interviewed on WWOZ. I had heard of the tragedy earlier this year. Hearing them play was the highlight of my trip.
These aren't jaded musicians playing in some far-off bar and smirking at tourists. The To Be Continued Brass Band is out on the smelly, smelly street showing everyone the heart of New Orleans. And it will be continued. They're making sure of it.