The Scorseses to close out 10th annual Art Melt celebration with bang

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POSTED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 2:07pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

The 10th annual Art Melt has grown from humble beginnings as a single-room exhibit to a massive two-day event. On the first night, the art is the focus, while the second is all about the celebration.

"It's just truly impressive," said Paul Forbes, whose wife earned a place in the show. "And it's great to see this sort of talent in Louisiana."

The caliber of the art continues to grow, and so too does the second-day celebration. From dancers to cultural performances, all forms of artist expression will be represented. And of course, no party would be complete without live music.

“I can’t wait to go walk around the festival and go grab a bite to eat before the show,” Dave Demarest, bass player for The Scorseses, said.

The Scorseses will make its debut performance at the Art Melt. The band is set to close out the night on the Mockler Beverage State. The New Orleans-based band will complete a 90 minute set that’s sure to grab some attention from the crowd.

“As soon as you hear us, you will say ‘what kind of rock band has horns,’” Demarest said with a laugh. “There are three of us who studied jazz and funk, and then there are three of us who have focused on rock. You end up with the best of both worlds.”

Combining their various influences, The Scorseses take familiar sounds in different directions. This is a practice they’ve found successful with not only their original music, but with cover songs as well.

“When we work on an arrangement for a cover, we might end up having a horn play a famous guitar part,” Demarest explained. “It’s very horn driven, and we’re so proud of that.”

Taking the sound that’s so familiar for New Orleans brass bands and turning it on its head is exactly what make The Scorseses stand out on stage. And truly, that musical blend serves to represent what the mission statement for the Art Melt.

"I actually think that it is...making that average person that otherwise would never visit a gallery look at art and say, 'where can I see more of that,'" Rebecca Alexander, Art Melt chairwoman, said.

The Bedlamville Triflers, Captain Green, and Hazy Ray will all perform on the Mockler Beverage Stage as well. The music will kick off when the festival begins at 5:00 p.m.

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