New Sheriffs in Town: New Faces Show Up at Best of the Beat Awards

It probably didn’t come as a shock to anyone that Dr. John and Trombone Shorty would take home the most awards at the Best of the Beat this year, but the night brought some surprises as well. Councilmember-at-Large Jackie Clarkson got on stage and performed with the Dixie Cups as part of the New Orleans R&B revue, and Mannie Fresh made it pretty clear during his set, closing out the night, that he was going home with OffBeat publisher Jan Ramsey.

The R&B revue also featured Robert Parker singing “Barefootin’,” Clarence “Frogman” Henry croaking his signature hits sounding younger than ever, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson reminding everyone that his special time has come again. Jean Knight (of “Mr. Big Stuff” fame) thanked Ernie Vincent for the killer band that backed them all up without a hitch without rehearsal. The R&B legends set was just one of the night’s highlights, along with performances by Big History, the Revivalists, Mannie Fresh and Dee-1, Ingrid Lucia, Debauche, Helen Gillet, Pinettes Brass Band and the Treme Brass Band. The culinary highlight of the evening was Three Muses serving up some killer tomato chutney meatball sliders along with sundried tomato and feta pesto pasta salad (with homemade pasta!).

Dee-1, Josh Brasted, photo

Dee-1 at the 2012 Best of the Beat Awards (photo: Josh Brasted)

Here’s a list of all the winners and the whole night in pictures.

Artist of the Year: Trombone Shorty

Album of the Year: Locked Down, Dr. John

Best Emerging Artist: Hunter Hayes

Song of the Year: “Louisiana Gold” by Anders Osborne

Best Blues Performer: Tab Benoit

Best Blues Album: Elemental Journey, Sonny Landreth

Best R&B/Funk Artist: Trombone Shorty

Best R&B/Funk Album: Carnivale Electricos, Galactic

Best Rock Artist: The Revivalists

Best Rock Album: City of Sound, The Revivalists

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Dee-1

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album/Mixtape: The Focus Tape, Dee-1

Best Bounce Artist: Big Freedia

Best Traditional Jazz Artist: Kermit Ruffins

Best Traditional Jazz Album: St. Peter & 57th St, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Best Contemporary Jazz Artist: Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Mannie Fresh, Caitlyn Ridenour, photo

Fans dropping it like it's hot for Mannie Fresh at the 2012 Best of the Beat Awards (photo: Caitlyn Ridenour)

Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Magazine St., Doug Belote

Best Brass Band: Rebirth Brass Band

Best Brass Band Album: Unlock Your Mind, The Soul Rebels

Best Cajun Artist: Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Cajun Album: Mammoth Waltz, Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Zydeco Artist: Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Best Zydeco Album: Been Good To You, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Best Roots Rock Artist: Dr. John

Best Roots Rock Album: Locked Down, Dr. John

Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Artist: Hunter Hayes

Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album: Look Out Mama, Hurray for the Riff Raff

Best Cover Band: The Bucktown All-Stars

The Revivalists, Josh Brasted, photo

The Revivalists at the 2012 Best of the Beat Awards (photo: Josh Brasted)

Songwriter of the Year: Anders Osborne

Best Female Vocalist: Irma Thomas

Best Male Vocalist: John Boutté

Best Bass Player: George Porter, Jr.

Best Guitarist: Anders Osborne

Best Drummer: Stanton Moore

Best Saxophonist: Khris Royal

Best Clarinetist: Dr. Michael White

Best Trumpeter: Kermit Ruffins

DJ Soul Sister, Josh Brasted, photo

Dj Soul Sister at the 2012 Best of the Beat Awards (photo: Josh Brasted)

Best Trombonist: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

Best Tuba/Sousaphonist: Matt Perrine

Best Piano/Keyboardist: Dr. John

Best Accordionist: Steve Riley

Best Violin/Fiddle Player: Amanda Shaw

Best DJ: DJ Soul Sister

Best Other Instrumentalist: Johnny Sansone (harmonica)

Best Music Video: “Criminal” by the Revivalists, directed by Tyler Yee

Best Club: One Eyed Jacks

Best Radio Station: WWOZ

Best Large Festival: French Quarter Festival

Best Festival Outside of New Orleans: Gretna Heritage Festival

Best Neighborhood Bar Featuring Music: Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant

Best Neighborhood Festival: Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco Festival

Best Recording Studio: The Living Room

Best Record Label: Basin Street Records

Best Producer: Carlo Nuccio

Best Record Store: Louisiana Music Factory

Best Instruments Store: New Orleans Music Exchange

Best Studio Sound Engineer: Chris George

Best Booking Agency: White Oak

Best Manager: Tony Ciaccio, Hypersoul

Best Music Attorney: Ashlye M. Keaton

Best Music Photographer: Elsa Hahne

Best Club Owner/Manager: Dixie Rubin and Dale Triguero, Chickie Wah Wah

Best Concert Promoter: Scott Aiges, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Bourbon Street Award: Earl Bernhardt and Pam Fortner (Tropical Isle)

Musicians Resource Award: Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op

Community Music Awareness Award: People’s Health

Music Business of the Year: Basin Street Records

Community Music Award Non-Profit Achievement/ Community Music Award: The Roots of Music