♥ HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM MUCCA PAZZA ♥
 
 
If your year has been anything like ours, you deserve a break! Take a load off, relax, and warm up with this video we made for David E. Smith’s tune “Rest on Muffin Street” on a hot summer day last June with director Jim Newberry. “Rest on Muffin Street” comes from our newly released Trick or Treat EP, is our first full band Sitting in Chairs music video, and is the first ever Mucca Pazza song to have lyrics! We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!
 
 
Marching Mustangs and Mucca Pazza pile up at Steelworkers Park, 9.29.17 | Photo courtesy of Daris Jasper
 
THE MARCHING MUSTANGS NEED OUR HELP
 
Our friends the Marching Mustangs are raising funds to continue and expand their middle school band program, and we’d like to ask for your help in supporting their excellent work by making a tax-deductible donation here if you’re able.
 
Here’s a video of us performing MP tune "Surf" together at the windiest show we’ve ever played; the Mustangs absolutely nailed it!
 
Let’s rally and get these kids some instruments!
 
 
HAVE A SEAT, TUCK IN, PASS THE TIME!
 
 
We wish you the very happiest of holidays and hope you get to sit down and spend some time with people you love.
 
We have much to be thankful for, including you!
 
XOXO, Mucca Pazza

 
MR. SPIDER GOES HOME TO SPIDERLAND VIDEO
All arachnids have eight legs. The front pair of legs in some species has converted to a sensory function, while in other species, the front pair of legs is used to write intricate handwritten scores and play the alto saxophone. The video for our new song “Mr. Spider Goes Home to Spiderland” was directed and animated by guitarist Charlie Malave and stars composer & saxophonist David. E. Smith as Mr. Spider!
   
 
 
NEW MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS
Our new release, Trick or Treat, is a short and sweet short-term time capsule - the result of Mucca Pazza spending a weekend in late September 2016 in Electrical Audio's Studio A with engineer and former Mucca Pazza trombonist Nick Broste. You can hear the shape of that gorgeously idiosyncratic live room in the full and luscious resonance of the horns, in the clarity and focus of the drumline, the asymmetrical ceiling perfectly encapsulating the unity and individuality of the miscellaneous 26-piece ensemble.
 
But in a departure for Mucca Pazza, Trick or Treat starts out surprisingly spare. Not a single horn is heard for the first two and a half minutes of “The Orange Show,” a sanguine love-letter to American soul music that adventures through a spare sonic landscape to unexpected modalities, but ends with a full complement of epic brass (composed by electric mandolinist emeritus Gary Kalar). In the lush, inviting, and wistful “Rest on Muffin Street,” by saxophonist David E. Smith, the winds and brass are front and center from the start, overlapping each other with Escher-like intricacy. Smith’s signature interlocking countermelodies take a darker turn in “Mr. Spider Goes Home to Spiderland,” an anthem for anyone who can’t go on, but goes on anyway. Trick or Treat ends in “Snare Bath,” a metaphysical spell cast by the drummers meant to guide the listener back into the real world safe and only slightly changed - let the soothing sound of multiple snare drums wash over you as you enter a dreamlike, meditative state.
 
Remember: if you don’t like the licorice the neighbors gave you, you can always trade it with your brother. Like a heavy pillowcase of hard-earned Halloween candy, Trick or Treat holds something for everyone.
 
Order a digital copy of Trick or Treat
 
 
Our two-act theater show, An Evening With Mucca Pazza, is coming to The Knickerbocker Theatre in Holland, MI on 11/17/17! We’ll don our fancy pastels and sit down for the first half of this elegant evening, but after a brief intermission, we're back to being a little marching band!
 
Prima Parte - Mucca Pazza, Sitting in Chairs
Mucca Pazza is socially aware enough to recognize that it’s been invited to a formal event, and rises to the occasion by sitting down and behaving itself. Dressed to impress in their best pastels, the musicians contain their usually-frenetic energetic selves and concentrate on the task at hand: passing themselves off classic classy class act, a traditional big band. Cheerleaders, now Masters of Ceremony, graciously offer moments of poetry both sublime and absurd. With heartfelt musicianship and more dynamics than ever before, Mucca Pazza invites you to have a seat, tuck in, and pass the time.
 
Seconda Parte - Mucca Pazza, A Little Marching Band
Whereas a traditional marching band functions as a single entity, moving through carefully planned formations and creating discernible images and shapes, Mucca Pazza... doesn’t. A dazzlingly constant succession of individual (and inadvisable) choices by band members bring into sharp relief the occasional moments of unanimity. The relentless fun and visual cacophony of two-dozen-plus people dancing like no-one’s watching forms a mind-boggling and delightful contrast with the band’s musical dexterity, and the density and complexity of the arrangements never get in the way of the catchiness of the tunes, or the fun of watching those tunes come to life.
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
MUCCA PAZZA

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE!
We are thrilled to present the video component for our latest tune, “Barbarous Relic”! Both the song and video represent a giant leap into new realms sonically and visually, with a joyous bombardment of the senses, taking you into wildly unpredictable territory where bass drums give birth to flaming eyeballs, the sousaphone paints a psychedelic sunset and geometric visions from parallel realities seem to appear everywhere. Directed by our talented pal Matthew Shelton.

MUCCA PAZZA: THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL TOUR!
9/1/17 CHICAGO, IL - MARTYRS'
Hey Chicago, we're playing Martyrs', just like old times! We could not be more excited to share the bill with Slavic Soul Party!, New York’s Official #1 Brass Band and one of our absolute favorites. It will be a party to remember, so put on your dancing shoes and come join us!
TICKETS

9/7/17 CHARLESTON, IL - DOUDNA FINE ARTS CENTER
Eastern Illinois University, we’re marching your way! We’ll don our fancy pastels and sit down for the first half of this elegant evening, and then march all over the beautiful architecture of this gorgeous hall during the second half. See you there!

9/16/17 ST JOSEPH, MN - ESCHER AUDITORIUM
We are honored to perform our first show in the greater St. Cloud area in an auditorium named in honor of Sister Firmin Escher, OSB, "an early and forceful advocate for the arts." Tell your St. Cloud friends to float on over!

9/29/17 CHICAGO, IL - STEELWORKERS PARK - NIGHT OUT IN THE PARKS

Two Little Marching Bands at Steelworkers’ Park! This incredible Chicago Park
sits on the ruins of a former steel mill on the lakefront of Chicago’s Southeast side, and thanks to the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program, we get to play a show there! Sharing the bill with us are the Horace Mann Marching Mustangs, a fantastic marching band from Horace Mann Elementary School. (The Mustangs will be returning to the park the following evening, September 30, and partnering with Erica Mott Productions - also not to be missed.)
BONUS INSIDER INFORMATION
Exsqueeze me? Did someone say the turquoise/fuschia logo tee is back in stock in our webstore?! Just in time to start the school year! Sharpen your pencils and don your Mucca Pazza t-shirt.

(#coolestnerd)

OUR NEW TRACK "BARBAROUS RELIC" IS OUT TODAY, DOWNLOAD IT NOW FOR FREE!
Have you ever wondered what Mucca Pazza would sound like… in a parallel universe? So did we. Our new song “Barbarous Relic” is an epic journey to an alternate dimension and it’s available free for a limited spacetime on Bandcamp! Look out for a dazzling psychedelic video by Matthew Shelton coming your way in August.
JOIN US AT RAVINIA THIS SUNDAY 7.23.17
Could anything be dreamier? On Sunday, July 23, Mucca Pazza plays for the first time at the oldest outdoor music festival in the country, sharing a bill with Esperanza Spalding and Andrew Bird! The Pavilion is sold out, but there’s plenty of room on the lawn, so pack some comestibles and a picnic blanket and meet us at Ravinia this Sunday! Park opens at 4pm, we play right at 7pm! (Lawn ticket price goes up on the day of the performance, so we recommend getting your ticket in advance.)


JUST ANNOUNCED
9.1.17 CHICAGO, IL - MARTYRS' w/ SLAVIC SOUL PARTY
9.7.17 CHARLESTON, IL - DOUDNA FINE ARTS CENTER
9.16.17 ST JOSEPH, MN - ESCHER AUDITORIUM
9.29.17 CHICAGO, IL - STEELWORKERS PARK -
TWO LITTLE MARCHING BANDS: MUCCA PAZZA WITH THE HORACE MANN MARCHING MUSTANGS
10.7.17 RESTON, VA - CENTERSTAGE COMMUNITY CENTER
11.17.17 HOLLAND, MI - KNICKERBOCKER THEATER

SUMMER FUN EDITION
HATTER DAYS
NEW HOLLAND BREWING, HOLLAND MI 6.10.17
What rhymes with Saturdays? Hatter Days! Join us on Saturday, June 10th at the 20th anniversary of New Holland Brewing for a celebration full of great bands and great beers. The festival will take place on College Ave between 8th and 9th Streets, as well as in the parking lot behind the New Holland’s Pub on 8th. Admission is FREE and the fun starts at 4pm.
SUMMERDANCE
GRANT PARK, SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN, CHICAGO IL 6.30.17
SummerDance: it’s one of the very best things about summertime in Chicago, and we are so honored and excited to be part of it this year!!! We are working up a slew of our most danceable tunes to delight your ears and inspire your feet. From 6-7pm, our very own Donnell Williams will offer instruction in creative marching, interpretive procession, freestyle cheerleading, disciplined abandon, advanced pomwork, dweebstep, dorkstep, chompstep, monster steps, the hip replacement waltz, the shuffleclump, and some good old-fashioned jumping up and down. Right afterward, two (2!) Mucca Pazza sets will provide plenty of opportunities to try out all your new moves! Bring your marching faces and your dancing feet, we’ll supply the pom-poms!!! HOORAY!!!
(And don’t forget to keep visiting the Spirit of Music Garden (and neighborhood parks!) all summer long for more inclusive all-ages dance instruction and incredible live bands from Chicago and all over the world: full calendar here!)

RAVINIA FEST
HIGHLAND PARK IL 7.23.17

Chicago's favorite violinist/singer/wizard Andrew Bird returns to his homeland to headline Ravinia Fest and has graciously invited the dearest weirdos of Mucca Pazza to open the evening. Running, leaping, looping, laughing and beauty are all on this summer set list -- hope you can join the fun! Snacks mandatory, jumping in the lake optional.
LYA,
Mucca Pazza

MUCCA PAZZA GOES WEST!
The time has come for us to polish up our horns, restring our golden lyres, and hitch our wagon to Apollo’s chariot: like the Sun, Mucca Pazza is traveling West! If you have friends in any of these fine cities, please make haste to send them a message by Pony Express: alert them that an orchestra with legs approaches, across river, through plain and over mountain!
Reno, NV 3/31! Davis, CA 4/1! San Francisco 4/2! Visalia, CA 4/3! Los Angeles, CA 4/4! Las Vegas, NV 4/5! Read on for more!
3.31.17 RENO, NV | STUDIO ON 4TH
After 1,912 miles, our first stop on our West Coast tour will be our first ever show in the Biggest Little City! We’re excited to play the Studio on 4th, which by all accounts is the place to be in Reno.
4.1.17 DAVIS, CA | MONDAVI CENTER
You Only Live Once - and Davis, CA is the most populous city in Yolo County! We wouldn’t dream of missing an opportunity to play in the most bicycle-friendly town in the world.
4.2.17 SAN FRANCISCO, CA | BOTTOM OF THE HILL
Oh San Francisco, how we love you! Meet us at the Bottom of the Hill on Sunday night and we will play you a heartfelt serenade that just might blow the fog all the way across the Bay.
4.3.17 VISALIA, CA | ODD FELLOWS HALL
Calling all odd fellows to the Odd Fellows Hall: Mucca Pazza promises to bring the weirdness and all you have to do is get there!
4.4.17 LOS ANGELES, CA | BOOTLEG THEATER
We’re gonna be a star! If you’re in LA, come kick up your boots with us at the Bootleg Theater on April 4th.
4.5.17 LAS VEGAS, NV | BUNKHOUSE SALOON
Our first proper Sin City show be our last of the tour. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… for one night only, and then it goes back home to Chicago. Skip the slot machines and meet us at the Bunkhouse Saloon - we’re a gamble you’re certain to win.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM

MUCCA PAZZA

What goes well with high-energy collider physics? A herd of American Bison? Well, sure, but also: a high-energy occasionally colliding marching band! All particles are invited to accelerate towards Fermilab for a very special Mucca Pazza concert, the kick-off event of Fermilab’s 50th anniversary season. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the first half-century of Fermilab’s research, which has immeasurably advanced humankind’s understanding of energy, matter, space and time - all of which we use in every single one of our performances. Science demonstration (!!!!!) and dessert at 7pm, Mucca Pazza at 8pm - strange quarks and all ages welcome.

DELIGHT YOUR LOVED ONES WITH

AUTOGRAPHED MUCCA PAZZA GOODIES

Did you know that in addition to inspiring spontaneous jumping-up-and-down, uncontrollable absurdist cheering, and unexplained joy, Mucca Pazza recordings also work very well as a remedy for CCEFS (Christmas Carol Earworm Fatigue Syndrome)? If you’re looking to add some unconventional cheer to your New Year and holidays while cleaning your brain from those jingly bells and strangely sticky boughs of holly, look no further than our store. For the rest of this month, any and all music ordered will be signed by Mucca Pazza members! Order by December 19th to guarantee placement under that spruce tree in the living room.

BLOOMINGTON NOT SO NORMAL ANYMORE

If you know anyone in or near Bloomington-Normal, guess what, we will be performing on what was once the largest stage west of New York on January 28! It’s a short hop or four from Chicago (we know, because we’ll be driving up and back the same day), so come join us for a glorious ringing in of the newish year at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.


Warm hugs,

MUCCA PAZZA



Mucca Pazza

Guess what Mucca Pazza is going as this Halloween!


Dress your fears as a way of confronting them!
It's Fall, a time for contemplating the passing of things. Look what happens to marching band uniforms when you stop playing! It doesn't have to be this way. Celebrate Halloween with Mucca Pazza, then go home and blow the cobwebs out of your instrument.

New Belgium Brewing
Santah is going to be there. WE ARE EXCITED! Come dance with us with them at the Logan Square Auditorium. No spoilers, we can't tell you what their uniform will be but you will recognize them by their redoubtable music.
New Belgium Brewing
Still need more costume ideas? Here are some links to get your creative juices flowing.
New Belgium Brewing
Did we mention that there will be P#!Z3$?!
Competitive Halloween Event means Halloween costume enabled envyable objects of recognition for significant whimsy and/or effort (trying to avoid spam filters here). Just make sure you can dance in your brilliant creation.

Halloween Rumpus Tickets On Sale Now

Halloween Rumpus Tickets On Sale Now

Mucca Pazza is throwing a Halloween Rumpus at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago and we don't want to see you there. We do of course want to see your costume and guess that it's really you. Not required, absolutely advised, you might want to start thinking about your uniform, we mean costume, early. You have until Friday, October 28. Fellow Chicagoians Santah kick off the evening with a set of hook-laden pop gems.

Halloween Tickets Available on Ticketweb

Mucca Pazza

Halloween Costume? You're gonna want one this year!

Mucca Pazza is throwing a Halloween Rumpus at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago and we don't want to see you there. We do of course want to see your costume and guess that it's really you. Not required, absolutely advised, you might want to start thinking about your uniform, we mean costume, early. You have until Friday, October 28.

New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing's 25th Birthday Bash and celebration of the new New Belgium Brewing facility in Asheville, North Carolina on August 27, 2016. Here's a refresher on the Mucca Pazza birthday cheer:
Round round, go around.
Go around another round.
Round the sun, have some fun.
Buy a round for everyone!
It's your birthday, hap-happy birthday.
It's your birthday, hap-happy birthday.
Yeah mom!
New Belgium Brewing
Mucca Pazza is going into the recording studio in September!
This means new tunes, new songs, new music and new numbers--just when you thought all the imaginary numbers already existed.

 



Logan Square x Palmer Square = Mucca Pazza4

be there and/or be square


Tour de Fat is in Chicago this weekend, Saturday, July 9th!
 
Bike parade takes off at 11:00 a.m.
Mucca Pazza plays at 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Dog plays at 3:40 p.m.
 

THEY'RE FLOATING ABOVE US: OUTDOOR SCREENING OF LOCAL SHORTS

Including Fanfare for Marching Band featuring Mucca Pazza!

Thursday, August 11th

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660
Map - Info - Free

Speaking of Local Shorts...

Mucca Pazza Shorts are on sale for the rest of the month!
 

40% off
 60% if you keep them on!!!

(what does that even mean)

Seriously, every pair comes with a Free Fanny (pack).


In the future, see Mucca Pazza Sitting in Chairs at the Racine Zoo

 
Wednesday, August 3rd in Racine, 
WI
 
 
Let us see your hand signals!
Mucca Pazza
 

Just Announced: Tour de Fat 2016

Just Announced: Tour de Fat 2016

See Mucca live on July 9th, when Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing's traveling celebration of all things bicycle, rolls through Chicago's Palmer Square neighborhood.

Join the masses at Palmer Square Park for a costumed bike parade, live music, a 1,000 Person Dance Contest (to win a bike!) a Slow Ride competition (how slow can you go?) and more. 

SCHEDULE:

10:00 am - Ride Registration
11:00 am - Bike Ride  
12:00 pm - Fashion Showdown  
12:30 pm - Slow Ride
1:00 pm – Mucca Pazza
2:10 pm - The Bike is Right! Game show to win a 2016 New Belgium bike!
3:00 pm - Car For Bike Trade   
3:40 pm – Dr. Dog
5:00 pm - Adios Amigos! 

The event is FREE with proceeds from beer sales go to local non-profits. 

We’ll see you soon for bikes, beer and bemusement!

Holiday Specials In Our Webstore

Holiday Specials In Our Webstore

For a limited time, we are offering SIGNED LPs and CDs in our merch store! All titles purchased between November 30th and December 20th will be personalized by members of Mucca Pazza and each order will receive a special gift. Go ahead, peruse the selection over yonder.

Mucca Pazza Community March @ The 606/Bloomingdale Trail Grand Opening Day

Mucca Pazza Community March @ The 606/Bloomingdale Trail Grand Opening Day

Mucca Pazza is thrilled to be a part of the 606 & Bloomingdale Trail Opening Day Festivities! We are partnering with Opera-Matic and Bateria Quilombola & helping lead two of the many participatory trail-top processions that will be occurring throughout the day. Tell your friends, bring the kids, and join the parade! Here's the details:

11:30am: meet up at Park 567 (just north of the trail at Milwaukee and Leavitt) where Opera-Matic Makers will help you create your very own flag, and Opera-Matic Movers will help you brush up on your flag corps moves!

12:30pm: Let that freak flag fly! Join the community parade and follow Mucca Pazza up the long and winding ramp to the 606, then march east along the trail with us towards Walsh Park! Along the way we will encounter Bateria Quilombolo and more flag-waving friends.

Take a rest, eat a snack, drink some water, reapply your sunscreen, and then... DO IT ALL AGAIN!!!

2:30pm: meet up at Humboldt and Bloomingdale, just north of the trail, where Opera-Matic Makers will help you create your very own flag, if you don't already have one, and Opera-Matic Movers will help you brush up on your flag corps moves!

3:30pm: Let that freak flag fly! Join the community parade and follow Mucca Pazza up the straight and narrow ramp to the 606, then march east along the trail with us back towards Park 567! Along the way we will (once again) encounter Bateria Quilombolo (are those guys following us?!) and more flag-waving friends. Hooray!

The 606 takes Chicago’s legacy of great parks to new heights. The 606 has the elevated 2.7-mile Bloomingdale Trail as its centerpiece; when fully built out, the trail will be connected to six neighborhood parks at ground level, a wheel-friendly event plaza, an observatory, art installations, educational programming and other amenities. Set above city streets, it’s a new way to explore Chicago on trails for biking, running and strolling. The 606 also connects parks, people, and communities; what once physically separated four neighborhoods now will knit them together and attract visitors from throughout Chicago and beyond. Imaging block after block of uninterrupted trails. Kids will learn to ride their bikes up here, commuters will find a new shortcut to work, and neighbors will make new friends. The 606 will change what it means to go to the park. The 606 runs along Bloomingdale Avenue (1800N) on Chicago’s northwest side, and is a partnership between the City of Chicago, The Chicago Park District and not-for-profit The Trust for Public Land.

"J'accuse" Live On WGN Morning News

"J'accuse" Live On WGN Morning News

We recently made a stop at the WGN Morning Show to perform "J'accuse" from our new album L.Y.A., live on air. Check it out here after the jump!

L.Y.A. is now available on CD/LP/DIGI in our webstore.

Mucca Pazza vs NPR's Tiny Desk

Mucca Pazza vs NPR's Tiny Desk

The joy was HUGE! The desk was tiny!

Mucca Pazza had to move pencils and pens and papers and lamps and computers and printers and an Emmy so that they could stand and sit and jump and laugh on Bob Boilen's TINY. DESK.

Thanks to everyone at NPR Music for sharing their space with us.

Mucca Pazza On The Radio: We Heart WNYC Edition

Mucca Pazza On The Radio: We Heart WNYC Edition

Get down with our "gypsy punk, New Orleans funk, mambo tango, rock and roll circus" sound, right here!

Mucca Pazza on WNYC Soundcheck:

Hear even more Mucca live at WNYC on the New Sounds program!

More #tinytour spoils coming up soon!