The Dirty Dozen Brass Band performed two blazing hot sets at Live Wire Music Hall on Savannah’s River Street on Saturday night.

I hadn’t seen the band for a few years — it must have been back in 2009 when DDBB was one of the acts for SCAD’s New Alumni Concert headlined under thundering skies by Michael Franti and Spearhead.

I was a little worried that Live Wire would either be too full (the area near the stage can get tight) or too empty (Savannah crowds are fickle, especially in summer), but the crowd seemed just the right size — and everyone was in the mood for fun. Savannah’s Rasheed Akbar, formerly of New Orleans, joined his old friends on stage for a couple of numbers.

During the break between sets, one of the members told me how much they loved playing Savannah. It showed.

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