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OffBeat Magazine's Weekly Beat
 News From New Orleans and Louisiana
 February 3, 2011 Volume 9, Number 5
 


 

2-1-2011
OffBeat Publisher
Jan Ramsey


MOJO MOUTH
 

Did you go to the Best of The Beat Awards? It was really a blast! Check out some of the photos from Music Business Awards and photos from the Music Awards on Friday night!

We were so thrilled by the turnout, the music, the food; it was a great event, and everyone on the OffBeat staff worked really hard to make it a success. Thanks again to Generations Hall, the Ogden, Bud Light and Southern Eagle, Glazers, WWL-TV, Whole Foods and the many restaurants who participated, as well as to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic volunteers who staffed the VIP section and the silent auction. Read more about the inside workings of the event here.

We asked our attendees to let us know how we could improve the event next year. Two respondents will receive a $50 gift certificates from either the Louisiana Music Factory or Euclid Records. If you attended the Best of The Beat Awards and want to give us your feedback, go here to take the survey. We'll announce the winners next week.

We are soliciting proposals from artists and illustrators, preferably from Louisiana, for our 2011 Jazz Fest cover. If you are interested in being considered, please send me an email with the subject "Jazz Fest 2011 OffBeat Cover" that includes a cover letter, your resume and a link to some of your works online. Please no phone calls (am too busy to take them and we need a chance to see your work anyway before we talk to you). If you want to be considered, please send us the information before March 1, 2011.
 

 

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THE BEST OF THE BEST AT THE BEAT 

 

On Friday, we hosted the Best of the Beat at Generations Hall, and Trombone Shorty walked away with the trophies. He was named Best R&B/Funk Artist and Artist of the Year, and Backatown was voted Best R&B/Funk Album and Album of the Year. Individually, Shorty was also voted Best Trombonist by OffBeat readers, and on Wednesday night's Business Awards, Backatown producer Ben Ellman was named Producer of the Year.  

 

Thanks to all the fans and musicians who made Friday night a great party, thanks to all the performers and food vendors who made the night special, and a special thanks to Sami Slovy and Libra Lagrone, who went a long way to make the event happen. In addition to all the great music, it was cool to meet Steve Earle casually walking through the crowd, and we have photographic evidence of Jan Ramsey meeting Mannie Fresh

 

If you missed it, don't do that again, and go to OffBeat.com for a complete list of winners and photos from both Wednesday and Friday nights.   


SHAMARR

DEBUTS NEW VIDEO

 


Shamarr Allen
is working on a new album, 504-799-8147, and he has completed the first single from it, "Mr. Old Man," which he is releasing now as a video.

We have the world debut of the video online now at OffBeat.com, and he and the Underdawgs will play a video-release party Saturday at 10 p.m. at The Maison.

Watch Shamarr's new video for "Mr. Old Man"

 

NEWS YOU CAN USE


SONGWRITERS STAGE RETURNS

TO FQF 

 

BMI currently sponsors the monthly Speakeasy Songwriter Revue at Three Muses with host Kristin Diable. This week, BMI announced that once again it will once again sponsor the Songwriter's Stage, which takes place April 9 and 10 at the Historic New Orleans Collection during the French Quarter Fest.

 

BTE BUILDS NEW PLAYGROUND

 

The Better than Ezra Foundation breaks ground on a new playground in the Hollygrove neighborhood this Saturday. The facility at Bethune Elementary School will be geared toward K and Pre-K age groups, and will include a music-learning station, and rock wall (with raised dinosaur bones) and math learning panels. The foundation, started by local rock group Better Than Ezra, is now in its 11th year and has raised over $700,000 for causes in and around New Orleans.

 

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

 

Local photographer Harold Baquet will share photographs of a pre-Katrina New Orleans in his upcoming exhibit, "In The Blink of an Eye" at Loyola University's Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery from Thursday to Thursday, March 24.  The pictures will portray pictures of a "New Orleans no more" taken throughout the 30 year career as a photographer in New Orleans. The event will be preceded by a lecture at 5 p.m. in Miller Hall, Room 114, and an opening reception. All are free to the public. 

 

 

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THE PRESERVATION DANCE 

 

This Friday at 8 p.m., the New Orleans Ballet Association presents a new work produced by the Trey McIntyre Project in collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The two joined forces in 2008 for the acclaimed Ma
Maison
, which united McIntyre's choreography with New Orleans jazz. They'll perform "Ma Maison" at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, followed be the world premiere of new work that was conceived as its "companion piece" to "Ma Maison." and this performance marks the world premiere.

Tickets can be purchased at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, its website, or by calling 1.800.745.3000.
Lissie

OFFBEAT'S PICKS OF THE

WEEK


Thursday night, former Louis Prima drummer Paul Ferrara plays the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's "Ogden After Hours." Also that night, the Matt Lemmler Quartet's at Snug Harbor and the Soul Rebels play Le Bon Temps.

 

Friday, the Howlin' Wolf presents the Bridge House Recycled Fashion Show at 7:30, then Bionica and Alan Hampton at the Howlin' Wolf's Den at 9. One Eyed Jacks hosts the Krewe of Delusion fundraiser with a screening of Harry Shearer's documentary The Big Uneasy at 9 p.m., and Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers play the Blue Nile.

 

Saturday, Dr. Michael White and the Liberty Jazz Band are at Snug Harbor. Sunpie Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots play the Rock 'n' Bowl, and Tipitina's presents indie hip-hop with Two Fresh, Mux Mool and Body Language. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band visit Frenchmen Street to play d.b.a., and the Republic presents the composed rock of Yann Tiersen.

 

Sunday, the Hot 8 Brass Band plays Brass Band Sundays at the Howlin' Wolf's Den.

 

Monday, The Speakeasy Songwriter Revue returns to Three Muses hosted by Kristin Diable, and Chickie Wah Wah has John Rankin, Don Vappie and Raphael Bas at 8. Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band play Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, and Glen David Andrews and Paul Sanchez are at d.b.a.

 

Tuesday, the Rock 'n' Bowl presents Los Po-Boy-Citos, Snug Harbor has the Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble, and Lissie brings Midwestern guitar pop to the House of Blues' Parish with Dylan Leblanc opening at 9.

 

On Wednesday, Irvin Mayfield's NOJO Jam features the music Ben Webster and Sweets Edison at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, and Khris Royal and Dark Matter are at the Blue Nile.


 

COMING TO YOUR TOWN:

LOUISIANA MUSIC ON TOUR

 

 

New Orleans and Louisiana Musicians Are Heading Your Way In The Upcoming Weeks!

 

  

Click here for detailed schedules   

Hurray for the Riff-Raff
                BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET

 Feb 4 Berkeley CA Freight and Salvage

 

BIG SAM'S FUNKY NATION

Feb 3 Boston MA Middle East

Feb 4 Syracuse NY Wescott Theater

Feb 5 New York NY Poisson Rouge

 

SPENCER BOHREN

Feb 3-10 Memphis TN 10 Arts

 

MIA BORDERS

Feb 3 Baton Rouge LA The Roux House

 

BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO

Feb 3 Annapolis MD Rams Head on Stage

Feb 4 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club

Feb 5 Port Washington NY The Landmark

Feb 8 Cambridge MA Regattabar

 

JON CLEARY

Feb 3-6 Seattle WA Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Feb 7 Victoria BC Upstairs Cabaret

 

COWBOY MOUTH

Feb 4 Birmingham AL Iron Horse Cafe

Feb 5 Isle of Palms SC The Windjammer

Feb 8 Washington DC 9:30 Club

Feb 9 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater 1894

 

DASH RIP ROCK

Feb 4 Birmingham AL Iron Horse Cafe

Feb 5 Isle of Palms SC The Windjammer

Feb 8 Washington DC 9:30 Club

Feb 9 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater 1894

 

BENJY DAVIS PROJECT

Feb 3 Baton Rouge LA Varsity Theater

Feb 4 Biloxi MS IP Casino

Feb 5 Mobile AL Soul Kitchen

 

GALACTIC

Feb 9 Asheville NC The Orange Peel

 

HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND

Feb 3 Boulder CO Boulder Outlook Hotel

Feb 4 Denver CO Quixote's

Feb 5 Winter Park CO Ullr's Tavern

Feb 9 Santa Cruz CA Moe's Alley

 

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

Feb 3 Nashville TN Five Spot

Feb 4 Nashville TN Carl's Country Club

Feb 5 Asheville NC The Get Down

Feb 6 Durham NC The Pinhook

Feb 8 St Simons Island GA Palm Coast Coffee and Pub

Feb 9 Gainesville FL Wayward Council

 

CHRIS THOMAS KING

Feb 9 Evanston IL Space

 

ERIC LINDELL

Feb 3 Jacksonville Beach FL Mojo Kitchen

Feb 4 Charleston SC The Pour House

Feb 5 Charlotte NC Double Door Inn

Feb 8 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage

Feb 9 Falls Church VA State Theater

 

WYNTON MARSALIS / JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA

Feb 3 Urbana IL Krannert Center

Feb 4 Chicago IL Orchestra Hall

Feb 5 Omaha NE Holland Performing Arts Center

Feb 7 Salt Lake City UT Kingsbury Hall

Feb 9 Santa Rosa CA Wells Fargo Center For The Arts

 

ZIGABOO MODELISTE

Feb 5 Oakland CA The New Parish

 

CYRIL NEVILLE

Feb 4 Englewood CO Gothic Theater

Feb 7 Phoenix AZ The Rhythm Room

Feb 8 San Diego CA Anthology

Feb 9 Hermosa Beach CA Saint Rocke

ANDERS OSBORNE

Feb 4 Englewood CO Gothic Theater

Feb 7 Phoenix AZ The Rhythm Room

Feb 8 San Diego CA Anthology

Feb 9 Hermosa Beach CA Saint Rocke

 

PAPA GROWS FUNK

Feb 3 Fairfield CT Stage ONe

Feb 4 North Adams MA Massachusetts College Of The Arts

 

THE RADIATORS

Feb 3-5 Berwyn IL FitzGerald's

 

THE SAVOY-DOUCET CAJUN BAND

Feb 5 Berkeley CA Freight and Salvage

 

CHRISTIAN SCOTT

Feb 3 Vienna VA Barns At Wolf Trap

Feb 9 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage

 

TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE

Feb 4 Davidson NC Davidson College

 

IRMA THOMAS

Feb 4 Charenton LA Cypress Bayou Casino

 

WAYNE TOUPS & ZYDECAJUN

Feb 5 Marksville LA Paragon Casino Resort

 

ALLEN TOUSSAINT

Feb 6 New York NY Joe's Pub

 

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE

Feb 3 Stevens Point WI University of Wisconsin

Feb 4 Platteville WI University of Wisconsin

Feb 5 Columbia MO University of Missouri

Feb 7 Seattle WA Neumos

Feb 8 Portland OR Dante's

Feb 9 Arcata CA Humboldt Brews

 

THE VOICE OF THE WETLANDS ALL-STARS

Feb 3 Boulder CO Boulder Theater

Feb 4 Denver CO Gothic Theater

Feb 5 Colorado Springs CO Armstrong Hall

Feb 7 Phoenix AZ The Rhythm Room

Feb 8 San Diego CA Anthology

Feb 9 Hermosa Beach CA Saint Rocke

 

 

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Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder (Troubadour Jass)

 NEW AND UPCOMING  

LOUISIANA CD RELEASES

 

February 1, 2011

J.C. & Company: He's So Wonderful (Rampart Street Music)

My Graveyard Jaw: Coming Winds (Independent)

Various Artists: Frenchmen Street (Mystery Street Records)

 

February 4, 2011

The Real Cool Killers: Parades and Saints (Independent)

 

February 22, 2011

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: Grand Isle (Independent)

 

March 1, 2011

Aaron Neville: Icon (Hip-O Select)

Lucinda Williams: Blessed (Lost Highway)

 

March 21, 2011

Empress Hotel: Empress Hotel (Park The Van)

 

March 19, 2011

Drew Young: Home by the River (Good and Plenty)

 

March 21, 2011

Cyril Vetter: Dirtdobber Blues, a novel featuring the music of Butch Hornsby (Book & CD) (LSU Press)

 

Released in January 2011

Reed Alleman: Life's A Strange Game (Independent)

Chris Ardoin: Headliner (NuStep4Lyfe)

Raphael Bas: Harmonouche (Independent)

H.G. Breland: Better Late Than Never (Independent)

Patrice Fisher: Sunset (Broken Records)

Don Fontenot and Friends of Louisiana: Wide Open (Swallow)

Country Fried: Life is Fine (Country Fried)

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Hurray for the Riff Raff (Loose Music)

J. the Savage Band: Very Same Dream (Independent)

Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder (Troubadour Jass Records)

Panorama Brass Band: 17 Days (Panarama Records)

Wanda Rouzan: Mama Roux (Independent)

Rue de Funk: Weather the Storm (Independent)

Scott Schmidt: TimePiece (Independent)

Kipori Woods: Back in New Orleans (Independent)

 

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 A WEEK O' MUSIC LISTINGS
 
 ...plus more special events!

Debbie Davis and husband Matt Perrine


 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3

Check out the Maple Leaf featuring the Trio with Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter, Jr. and guests at 10 p.m.

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4

Check out the Blue Nile featuring Mykia Jovan and Jason Butler at 8 p.m.; Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers at 11 p.m. and DJ Real and Black Pearl at 12 a.m.

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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5

Check out d.b.a. featuring John Boutte at 8 p.m. and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 10 p.m.

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6

Check out Three Muses

featuring OffBeat cover artist Debbie Davis (JV) at 7 p.m.

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 7

Check out Chickie Wah Wah featuring John Rankin, Don Vappie and Raphael Bas at 8 p.m.

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8

Check out Rock 'n' Bowl featuring the Los Po-Boy-Citos at 8:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9

Check out One Eyed Jacks featuring Best of the Beat Awards performer Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns at 9 p.m.

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CLASSICAL

 

FEBRUARY 3

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2: Louisiana Philharmonic with Lilya Zilberstein and Carlos Miguel Prieto perform one of the staples of the piano repertoire. First Baptist New Orleans. 7:30p. (504) 523-6530.

 

FEBRUARY 6-27

Trinity Artist Series: Albinas Prizgintas presents this eclectic concert series every Sunday throughout February at Trinity Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. Check the OffBeat daily listings for scheduled performances. 5p.


 

CONCERTS

 

FEBRUARY 4

Rascal Flatts: The popular country band plays the New Orleans Arena with Luke Bryan and Chris Young. 7:30p.

 

FEBRUARY 5

Music as a Weapon 5: The metal tour featuring Disturbed and Korn plays the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. 7p.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

FEBRUARY 3-24

Ogden After Hours: Visit the Ogden Museum every Thursday evening for live entertainment by a variety of local musicians. Check the OffBeat daily listings for a schedule of performances. 6p.

 

FEBRUARY 6-26

Gretna Farmer's Market: Head to Gretna every Saturday for a farmer's market featuring food and wine vendors and cooking demonstrations. 8:30a-12:30p.

 

FEBRUARY 6-26

Sankofa Marketplace: Held every Saturday in the Lower 9th Ward, this market features fresh produce, arts and crafts, live music, health screenings, children's activities and more. 

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