Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades, the Denton-TX-based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues, and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey — offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you’ll leave with something of a musical education.”
Brave Combo’s catalog of recordings ranges from Japanese pop to Latin American dance tunes to orchestral classics to rock and roll at its finest. The band has recorded with the late Tiny Tim and was David Byrne’s choice for his wedding reception. From festivals and fairs across the globe, big and small rock clubs, colleges, roadhouses, dances, and cultural centers (including the annual Midsummer Night’s Swing at Lincoln Center in New York City), Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and won avid devotees. The band won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for their work seven times.
Brave Combo’s vivid music can be heard in the films David Byrne’s True Stories, Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions, Late Bloomers, Fools Rush In, Envy, and The Academy Award-winning The Personals. They appeared at Oktoberfest in the beloved American burg of Springfield on an episode of The Simpsons. In 2008, Brave Combo provided the musical score for PBS’s first-ever animated series, As the Wrench Turns, which resulted in an “Annie” nomination from the International Animated Film Society. Their music has also been featured on ABC’s hit series Ugly Betty and Fox Television’s Bakersfield P.D. They have also contributed original music for ESPN and The Big Ten network.
Brave Combo has performed at the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival every year since it began, and they will close the event on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at 7pm.