Since their famous “Sexual Healing” cover and 2007 debut LP ‘Rock With The Hot 8’ launched them to international acclaim, Hot 8’s public and live profile has soared…
With support slots for Mos Def, Lauryn Hill and Mary J Blige; performances in front of Wesley Snipes and Oprah Winfrey; international headline tours, and festivals including Glastonbury, Roskilde and the Big Chill (where they were picked as a highlight by The Observer). Respected among fellow musicians, they have guested on albums by the Blind Boys of Alabama and Basement Jaxx. The band and their story also featured in Spike Lee’s post-Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke, and follow-up When the Creek Don’t Rise; and HBO’s recent hit television series Treme.
Hot 8 is a band with stories to tell; over many years as an ever-evolving group, they have encountered more than their fair share of tragedy, not least the violent deaths of several band members, and the hurricane devastation and aftermath in their city – and they have played a major, ongoing part in community initiatives addressing these issues. ‘The Life And Times Of…’ showcases their indomitable spirit; packed with joyful grooves to get feet moving, it is a celebration of life, a chance for them to share the party vibes that permeate their beloved music – and never is this more evident than in their incendiary live shows.