About this Vendor

Second Line Brass Band for Your Wedding!

The Kinfolk Brass Band is at the forefront of the New Orleans Brass Band renaissance. They fuse numerous styles of music, incorporating Mardi Gras chants, New Orleans Funk, and modern jazz ,with an old world traditional brass band sound. We would love to be part of your celebration!

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Price Range

$ – Inexpensive

Music Genres

Jazz

Wedding Activities

Wedding

Wedding Categories

Live Music

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Contact Info

Address
45 E Blue Ridge Ct., New Orleans, LA (504) 314-5545
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Reviewed on 11/15/2016 Keira L

I want to give this band and Amanda 100 stars not just 5! I knew I wanted a second line but I didn't know just how magical it would be to us and every single wedding guest. This band single handed- ly turned our wedding into the most raved about event now and I'm guessing for... Read More years to come (people are still gushing about it almost a month later). It was the most amazing part of the night, and to think we almost scratched the idea when the wedding planning got to be too much work. That's where Amanda steps in. For an extra fee (beyond worth it!) Amanda will get the permits, plan the route, hire the police escorts, and make you feel at ease and well taken care of. We did our second line after the ceremony and reception at 11:30 at night, because our vows and party were held at the same place in the Garden District, and not really marching/dancing distance to the action filled French Quarter. And we're so glad Amanda worked it out that way because our guests were already in great spirits at that point, and the ones that missed it are still kicking themselves after hearing about it and seeing video clips. We were told you could feel the love, joy, and magic in the air and it was unlike anything ever experienced. It was all thanks to this incredibly talented band (and most of our wedding guests are musicians including my husband and the best man)! Not only did they sound better than any brass band we heard (saw 4 second lines that week, Kinfolk is hands down the best), they were vibrant, on point, and dressed to a T. Imagine how much better your photos and videos will be. I mean c'mon... our police escorts Amanda hired were even on Harleys! We had more fun dancing in the parade then we had at the wedding! I can't say enough about how much of a difference hiring this band made the best night of our lives! The other second lines we saw that week seemed dull and lifeless; the bride and groom were the only ones enjoying it. I can honestly say everyone loooved ours (including strangers that joined in!), didn't want it to end, and are currently planning how we all can do it again every couple years. Reading other's reviews again after having that experience I can fully feel the enthusiam and utter appreciation coming off the screen. Do yourself a favor: book Kinfolk; and spring for Amanda. You will have an unforgettable experience.

2016-11-16T14:22:00 Response from the vendor

WOW!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We truly love what we do, and creating memories with you and your guests is what it's all about. Thank you for inviting us to share in the love and... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 3/20/2016 Rachel H

I cannot say enough about how amazing the Kinfolk Brass Band is! Having a second line parade at my wedding is something I have been dreaming about since I was a little girl. Kinfolk is a wonderful group of really talented musicians. Very few of our guests had ever been to New... Read More Orleans before and most have never been part of a second line, and I have heard from everyone in attendance that it was their most favorite part of the night! I of course would have to agree with them! I had so much fun dancing through the streets of New Orleans and had to give each member of the band a hug when we finished. They made my wedding something that everyone in attendance will be talking about for years! And I have to say a special thank you to Amanda, for coordinating everything with Kinfolk. Without her, we would have been lost! She was always quick to respond to a question and was willing to help us with whatever we needed. Not only that, but she mapped the route and secured all of the permits for us. She definitely made the experience simple and delightful! I'm ready for another second line!

2016-03-21T12:56:28 Response from the vendor

Thank you for sharing this. It was truly our pleasure celebrating with you. Best wishes! Sincerely, Amanda Thompson Kinfolk Brass Band and Frenchmen Street Productions


The Cherry on top!

Reviewed on 11/06/2015 Alyssa R

While our wedding was great, the second line made it amazing. I was in contact with Amanda throughout the planning process and she was so easy to work with and always got back to me quickly. I would HIGHLY recommend hiring her as a parade planner. My bus to the French Quarter... Read More was stuck in traffic but when we arrived, Amanda was there and got us into place quickly and got the parade moving. Without her I would have been so panicked that everything was on time and running correctly. She was there the whole time to organize and lead us. The band was amazing and boy can they play! All of our guests kept telling me how amazing of an experience it was and I have to agree. We ended the parade at Pat O'Brien's with a big whodat chant and I wouldn't have had it any other way. The band and Amanda really know how to have a great time and it'll always be one of the best experiences of my life. LOVE THEM!!


Reviewed on 12/13/2017 Elena W

There are no words for how fantastic Kinfolk Brass Band was for my wedding. If you are looking for a kick-ass secondline band look no further! Our wedding guests consisted of New Orleans locals and out of towners some traveling to Nola for the first time, many of our guests... Read More including the locals said that the secondline was one of their most cherished New Orleans memories. I worked with Amanda leading up to the wedding and she was so helpful and also available to answer questions throughout the process. I highly recommend using them to handle the permits and routes. They made my experience effortless and perfect. If we had gone directly from the venue to ending spot it would have only been 3 blocks, they coordinated a slightly longer route which took us by bars and areas where more people were around (making you feel like a total celebrity btw) which was great but not too long of a walk. If I could give these guys 10 stars I would!


Reviewed on 12/11/2017 Christy G

LITERALLY the highlight of our wedding. I only wish it could have kept going! Our wedding guests kept asking us in the days prior, "We saw this live band with a parade, are we going to be doing that?!" We assured them we would be. Then after, they said things like, "OUR BAND... Read More WAS WAYYYY BETTER THAN THOSE OTHER ONES WE SAW!!" My mom's boyfriend goes, "I was going to give them each $100 to take us around the block again!" To which I replied that he should have and they probably would have. Note to the brides: I had a few loving friends and family members advise me on the day of my wedding to really stop, breathe it in, and be truly present in the moment you are in. We were transitioning from our ceremony site to our reception site via Kinfolk Second Line, and at first, it was a whirlwind (my veil kept falling off, I spilled champagne on me, my white parasol I bought broke), so I got a little distracted from the beginning of the second line, but I chugged my champage, took off my veil and handed the parasol to my coordinator, and said to hell with it, and only then did I REALLY engage with that moment. So, just a note to you, remove all distractions that might come your way and really live in that moment. Enjoy the bystanders who are cheering you and your husband on in love and congratulations; really listen to the beat these AMAZING musicians are playing for YOU; and dance your heart out. It was my FAVORITE moment of the night once I stopped letting things get in my way, literally and figuratively!


Reviewed on 11/27/2017 Cristina S

This was THE HIGHLIGHT of the party! everyone loved the second line and the band was unbelievable!!! amazing experience.


Reviewed on 11/25/2017 Anna H

Kinfolk played at our wedding a month ago and they were absolutely AMAZING - they really added a perfect NOLA touch and created an ambiance which put the guests in a party mood. Couldn't recommend them more!


Reviewed on 11/16/2017 Elizabeth M

Best decision! These guys were amazing and gave great energy to our second line!


Reviewed on 10/28/2017 Molly B

Kinfolk Brass Band was fantastic! I'm not from New Orleans and was unsure about having a second line but I am so glad that I did! It was one of the highlights of our wedding and the band made it phenomenal! We had the band stay through cocktail hour and the beginning of dinner... Read More and my guests talked about how much they enjoyed having the band. They really added a great atmosphere to the evening. Having a band was my husband's idea and it was absolutely the right call! We also used Amanda's services to plan the parade (we did all the rest of the planning ourselves) and it was definitely worth it- she did a great job and it was a relief to have someone else take over this piece of the planning. Overall the band and second line were a wonderful addition to our wedding and I can't imagine our wedding without them!


Reviewed on 10/20/2017 Tanisha W

Wow! Just wow! I loved Kinfolk! My guests are still raving about how awesome they were. They were the highlight of the evening. They were so much fun and was the absolute best way to kick off the reception. This was the first second line for me and all of my guests and it will... Read More be an experience that none of us ever forget. Thank you Kinfolk for getting our party started!


Reviewed on 10/20/2017 Tiffany G

WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!! It's been almost a month since our wedding and our guests are still talking about how awesome Kinfolk was!!!! Thank you!!!!


Reviewed on 10/17/2017 Marisol J

We hired Kinfolk for our Cocktail Hour and Second Line and they were AMAZING! They played great music, had phenomenal energy (especially Grand Marshall Gerald, who joined me in twerk-off! lol), and got all of us dancing, even the bystanders! They were incredibly fun, talented,... Read More and professional. The process was also very well-organized and they made it very easy. We couldn't be happier with our decision to use Kinfolk.


Reviewed on 10/15/2017 Katie S

We worked with Amanda from Frenchmen Street Productions on the contract for our wedding day. When hurricane Nate was threatening we had a very tough decision to make as the police called us and said they were on alert for the hurricane and "may not show up" for our parade (which... Read More means you can't have a parade). We decided to cancel. Luckily we did as during our schedule time it was downpouring and very windy. Amanda asked us to email her the cancellation so she would have it in writing. We cancelled within the 48 hour window per the contract. I accidentally e-mailed Richard (as I had been invoiced by Richard, but sent the contract by Amanda). I never heard back, thought the cancellation was complete. I reached out to Amanda and she stated she never received the e-mail. This is because I sent it to Richard. It's been a week and a half and I have still not heard from Richard even though I have made many attempts to request a refund. Amanda stated that we weren't contracted with her in any way so basically we are out of luck. So sad that there was no communication between Richard and Amanda about our request to cancel or any understanding considering the circumstances. Here we are out $1000 when we thought we did everything correctly and in time.


Reviewed on 10/02/2017 Chappell W

Kinfolk band is the BEST band I have ever witnessed at any wedding. We closed our wedding with a 2nd line march and this band put "stank" on it! So much so, my new husband and I rode the elevator with the band down to the front of the hotel....and bar none, it was the best... Read More elevator ride in my entire life! They played the whole way down. This band put an exclamation mark at the end of our wedding as we wanted our guest to get a true feel for the New Orleans vibe. Kinfolk did their thing! I had a blast dancing to their melodic jazz infused style! Thank you Kinfolk....I consider myself kin to you in my heart now!


Reviewed on 9/25/2017 Alexandra T

We couldn't be happier with the professionalism, price, and quality of Kinfolk and Amanda's planning services. We told her our date and our venue, and she planned the entire second line perfectly. Kinfolk played some of the best music I have heard, and our out of town guests... Read More were absolutely in awe! They played a half hour of the reception as well, and guests were still celebrating well into the night, talking about how good Kinfolk was!


Reviewed on 9/19/2017 Ashley M

Kinfolk Brass Band was terrific! We had so much fun with them on our Second Line for our wedding, I cannot put it into words!! We are from out of town, so we weren’t sure about doing a Second Line. It was such a great choice to have them start the celebration for our... Read More wedding! Also, we had a song that was really special to us at our wedding, and they were able to sneak it into their lineup. Thank you so much for making our wedding so memoriable and such a blast!


Reviewed on 8/24/2017 Kyle T

Great music, fantastic second line, ceremony snafu. Hard to say whether the band made the call or the venue attendants but the only mishap was the band went inside during our ceremony and were not present to play music while we walked down the aisle after being pronounced... Read More husband and wife. That was a bummer. Aside from that, we had a blast during our second line! I would suggest stricter communication including those sort of details if booking them. and wife.


Reviewed on 7/30/2017 Renata H

What. A. Night. We ended our dream wedding with the best second line band we could have asked for. My husband and I have been to NOLA a few times before and had seen second lines going through the Quarter, but none of the bands were nearly as fun and energetic as Kinfolk. Given... Read More that most of our guests were from out of town, none of them knew what to expect with a second line, and just about all of them mentioned that this was not only their favorite part of the wedding but also one of the coolest experiences they've ever had at any wedding. Thank you all for making our wedding so incredible and memorable!


Reviewed on 7/14/2017 Erica L

If you want to have a wedding that your guests will be RAVING continuously about for weeks-on-end, HIRE THESE GUYS!!! Even if you're on a tight budget...spend a few dollars less on your dress, your cake, your venue, and WHATEVER ELSE to...HIRE THESE GUYS!!! If I could give... Read More Kinfolk Brass Band TWENTY stars, I would! So DON'T BE FOOLED by the conservative-looking videos on their website, which make it look like they calmly play along while a dainty Southern damsel twirls her parasol down the street. THESE FELLOWS CAN REALLY GET DOWN!!! I'm a native New Orleanian who has lived out-of-state for many years, and ALL of my guests--those from my hometown as well as those who hail from various other parts of the country--were completely IN AWE of the way that Kinfolk Brass Band transformed our (already fun) wedding into something you only see IN MOVIES about New Orleans! If The Knot allowed reviewers to post videos, I would show you ALL THE PROOF YOU NEED to convince you to HIRE THESE GUYS!!! So stop fretting over those outrageously expensive flowers that NONE of your guests will REALLY care about , and HIRE THESE GUYS!!! Then, as we say in New Orleans, "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" [Let the good times roll!]


Reviewed on 7/03/2017 Elora D

They are absolutely AMAZING and so much fun! Played our second line and cocktail hour for our wedding. Highly recommend!

2017-07-03T17:10:29 Response from the vendor

Thank you for including us in the celebration. Best wishes! Sincerely, Amanda Thompson Kinfolk Brass Band


Reviewed on 6/26/2017 Chelsea C

Cannot say enough good things about this band! When I first contacted Amanda, I wasn't 100% sure what I was doing, though I had done a bunch of research and have been in a few second lines before after traveling to New Orleans 10+ times. Her responses were quick, succinct, and... Read More super helpful. She helped walk me through the process of selecting how long we would need the band, assuring me they would take care of the grand marshal and parasols, and helped me set up and book a pedicab for a couple of elderly guests. I ended up doing the permit and police escort request myself, though Amanda assured me she could step in and take over if it got to be too much. Amanda was easy to get ahold of, and when we asked (1 week before the event...) if the band could be there 15 minutes early "just in case the ceremony ends early" she rolled with the punches and said they definitely would be. The band stayed out of sight during the ceremony so they were not a distraction and started playing EXACTLY as we got to the end of the rows of guests as we left the ceremony. They kept the music upbeat and light, they were so much fun to march around / near, and I couldn't have pictured a more perfect second line parade without them!

2017-06-26T13:32:06 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the lovely review. It was our pleasure sharing in your celebration. Best wishes! Sincerely, Amanda Kinfolk Brass Band


Reviewed on 6/13/2017 Jon U

Richard and the Kinfolk Brass Band were exceptional from start to finish. These guys work ALL THE TIME so lock them down as soon as you decide you want a brass band. I was able to send them original music to play arranged for their group and they knocked it out of the park. They... Read More were receptive, excited, and super easy to work with. They gave me and my fiance the most magic moment in our lives when I proposed to her backed by the ridiculously talented Kinfolk Brass Band. Walking through the quarter you hear brass bands all the time. They don't sound like this one... They all try though! I cannot thank these guys enough. Amazing.

2017-06-13T14:51:57 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. It was our pleasure to be part of your proposal celebration. Best wishes! Sincerely, Amanda Thompson Kinfolk Brass Band


Reviewed on 6/12/2017 Nathan H

AMAZING!! This band does it right!! The entire reason my husband and I picked our destination wedding in New Orleans was for the second line band, and these guys did not disappoint- in fact, all expectations were exceeded and then some!! Most of our guests had never been to... Read More NOLA, yet alone heard of a second line jazz band that parades you throughout the French Quarter- and this was the talk of the entire night! We had the opportunity to view a few other bands in the area while we were preparing for our wedding, but Kinfolk blew them out of the water!! If you want the best, book them now! You will not be disappointed!

2017-06-12T17:44:58 Response from the vendor

We love hearing reviews like this. We truly love what we do, and sharing it with people like you! Thank you for having us be part of your big day. Best wishes! Sincerely, Amanda Thompson Kinfolk Brass Band


Reviewed on 6/07/2017 Courtney A

If you want your guests to dance down Canal Street and have the time of their lives, this is the band you need. We also had the grand marshall who was one of the most energetic individuals we have ever seen. Kinfolk played for our second line and during the cocktail hour. We had... Read More guests from New Orleans, who have been to many weddings telling us how much fun Kinfolk was.


Reviewed on 5/26/2017 Meredith R

My wedding was May 20, we secondlined with Kinfolk between Hermann-Grima and Broussard's. It was AMAZING. All of or wedding guests were talking about the experience the entire night, and even now, days later, I'm still getting messages from guests talking about the great second... Read More line. If you have the opportunity to book Kinfolk, do it now!

2017-05-27T11:59:20 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the lovely review. It was truly our pleasure celebrating with you. Best wishes! Sincerely, Amanda Thompson Kinfolk Brass Band


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Meet The Owner

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson co-directs Kinfolk Brass Band with his brother, Percy Anderson. They both first started playing music in Jr. high school band, under the direction of the late Donald Richardson. In 8th grade he was introduced to Jazz by an Asst. band director who was also a member of De’jean Olympia Brass Band. Richard later attend Southern University & AM in Baton Rouge where he studied under Mr. Alvin Batiste (Jazz Program) and received his Bachelor Degree in Music. Richard gained a lot of experience playing with various bands until becoming a founding member of Kinfolk Brass Band.