From a small Chicago basement apartment, Tuba Dave found inspiration to form his own project. In 2004, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band performed at Chicago’s renowned Green Mill while on a cross country tour. A friend recommended for Tuba Dave to visit the Green Mill to take in a Mama Digdown’s performance, Tuba Dave recalls. The visit inspired Tuba Dave to pursue New Orleans style brass band music for his new project.

While visiting Donna’s Bar and Grill — a since-closed stomping ground for Mama Digdown’s in New Orleans — Tuba Dave scraped out a piece of paper embedded into the wall of the establishment. The paper revealed valuable instructions on forming a brass band. Tuba Dave recalls one of the requirements on that list: Keep your brass band working. Tuba Dave took each entry seriously, and he implements them into the Four Star Brass Band.

Bell of Tuba Dave’s tuba

Although the group can change size, depending on the gig, and band members, who are loved like brothers, have come and gone over the years, because life happens. None the less, Tuba Dave continuously books the Four Star Brass Band for any and all types of gigs: brass band events; Chicago rock clubs like the Regie’s and Martyrs’; The City’s many street festivals; crawfish boils; fund-raisers.

Tuba Dave pours his heart into his music at every gig. Word of mouth continues to fuel the grassroots success of the Four Star Brass Band, and they’re the chosen band of the Chicago chapter of Who Dat Nation, a local fan club of New Orleans Saints.

Singing on stage

There ain’t no party like a Four Star party. From second-lines and club/festival stages to weddings and crawfish boils, the Four Star Brass Band continues bringin’ the Louisiana sizzle to you all night.

Singing in the Second Line

“It’s about the Fans!”, acknowledges Tuba Dave. Come fuel the excitement as the Four Star Brass Band stands as the hottest and hardest hittin’ Brass Band of its generation.

Learn more about Tuba Dave. For example, Tuba Dave did return that piece of paper he found embedded into the wall of Donna’s Bar and Grill. Moreover, Tuba Dave’s newest project is the up and coming More Tuba Please.

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Nikita Nichelle offers the perfect trio: A Smooth Voice with Real Lyrics over Captivating Beats! She is a Chicago-native soul singer and songwriter inspired by the consciousness of Lauryn Hill and India Arie and the melodic genius of Lalah Hathaway, Jill Scott and Anita Baker. She has been featured with incredible bands, such as Kinetic Theory, Frankie Parker & The Gentlemen, Ric Rhoadz & Genre Free, and Class Act Entertainment at venues like Redwood Luxe, Dream Palace Banquet Hall, Refuge Live, and Red Star to name a few. Her captivating vocals, playful precision and creative energy will keep you wanting to hear more.  

Her passion for music was discovered at the tender age of 2 when she recorded her first “cover song”, One Hundred Ways (Quincy Jones & James Ingram), with her father accompanying on acoustic guitar. Nikita Nichelle got her singing chops in the church, which is where she learned the art of connecting to the hearts and souls of her listeners. She honed her craft by studying music from high school through college. She sharpened her edge by obtaining a law degree and becoming licensed to practice law. 

Nikita Nichelle debuted her first single, Warriors, which has aired on WSRB 106.3 FM and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and CD Baby.  

Nikita Nichelle is something like a line from the movie “Brown Sugar”: she is “the perfect voice over a tight beat”!