New Orleans’ Grammy-nominatedHot 8 Brass Band will be returning to stages across the UK and US in May 2023 following the success of their ‘Mardi Gras’ (2020) and ‘Take Cover’ (2019) tour, which boasted sell-out dates across the UK includingLondon’s Roundhouse and the Dome, Brighton. The recent passing of Bennie Pete, the beloved co-founder and sousaphone player for the outfit, will be honoured in true New Orleans fashion with ‘The Bossman Tour 2023’, paying tribute to his “galvanizing force” as a “leader, teacher and mentor”. Fellow bandmates add that “Bennie was an inspiration to [the] band and to many other musicians, and the entire musical and cultural community.”. The dates will celebrate the late Bennie’s “greatest wish.. that New Orleans culture lives on for future generations”. As always, Hot 8 will channel the unique, undiluted energy of the Second Line parades to commemorate their loss.