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Bayou Rum Blues Jam at Rock N Bowl Starts October 7

Bayou Rum and Rock ‘n’ Bowl are collaborating to bring you the Bayou Rum Blues Jam at Rock N Bowl every Tuesday night in October.

Bayou Rum Blues Jam, Rock N BowlThe Blues Jam will consist of multiple 15 minute rounds in which each participant can showcase their blues chops with Chuck Credo IV and the Credo Blues Society, whom will be acting as the event’s house band.

Contestants are allowed to display their talent on a number of instruments, including guitar, Hammond B3 Organ, harmonica, and vocals.

Each Tuesday there will be a panel of judges composed of various music business professionals and blues enthusiasts. Attendees will also be allowed the opportunity to vote through Rock ‘n’ Bowl’s twitter account. Blues competitions are a long-standng tradition at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. One of the first was a “Blues Jam” when the up-and-coming Tab Benoit was selected as the winner.

The winner of the competition will receive a free recording session at the Music Shed Recording Studio, a paid performance at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, and other prizes.

Competition dates are as follows:

Round 1 – Tuesday October 7, at 8 p.m.

Round 2 - Tuesday October 14, at 8 p.m.

Round 3 – Tuesday October 21, at 8 p.m.

FINAL ROUND - Tuesday October 28, at 8 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, follow this link for Bayou Rum Blues Jam Registration.

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Xavier’s Confucius Institute hosts Cultural Extravaganza

On Thursday, September 18,  Xavier University’s Confucius Institute will host a Cultural Extravaganza.  The festivities will be held on campus and include a second line by the XULA Jazz Ensemble, as well performances by various musical acts from around the world. Amongst these performances are Chinese lion and fan dancers, Brazilian orisha and capoeira performances, French and German musical performances, Latin American salsa dancing, and more.

The Confucius Institute is a program that is committed to strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and China by educating not only college students, but local professionals, government agencies, and more about the culture and the economic developments within China.

The events will continue with a memorial performance from the Tres Vidas (Three Lives) Core Ensemble, highlighting the lives of  three extraordinary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni.

The Extravaganza is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 18.


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Photos: The Nth Power at Jammin’ Java, September 3, 2014

The Nth Power kicked off their latest tour at Jammin’ Java in Vienna VA on Wednesday, September 3, to a small crowd of in-the-know fans.

The powerhouse band is supremely confident, knowing what they have to offer is an astounding mash-up of jazz fusion, funk, R&B, and high powered pop vocals.

Lead by NOLA music scene veterans Nigel Hall and Nikki Glaspie, the band’s remarkable musicianship is constantly on display through melodically and rhythmically rich instrumentals punctuated by diverse vocal driven originals.

After playing the Marvin Gaye song “I Want You” followed by their own “Thank You,” the band told the crowd they would see them next at the Verizon Center, the Washington DC area’s biggest sports arena.

Supremely confident, and for good reason.

The Nth Power, Bob Adamek, OffBeat Magazine

All photos by Bob Adamek. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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Lil’ Band O’ Gold Performing David Egan tribute in Lafayette Sept 19

Lil’ Band O’ Gold will be performing a live tribute to their longtime band member David Egan on Friday, September 19, at Downtown Alive, in Lafayette’s Parc San Souci.

David Egan, Lil' Band O' Gold

Photo by Denny Culbert

Jon Cleary will also be playing beside a long list of Egan’s friends and fellow musicians, including Tom McLain, Paul “Lil Buck” Sinegal, and many more.

“Our musical brother David has been in a big fight for his health since earlier this year,” C.C. Adcock said in a press release. “His lung cancer has returned, and we’re going to send a lot of love and light, and all that great music of his back to him through this gig.”

Up until recently David acted as keyboardist, as well as vocalist and composer for Lil’ Band O’ Gold.

“I’d like to be up there playing with the band,” Egan says in the press release. “But I know they’ll do me proud.”

Downtown Alive! is free to all, and kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on September 19.

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DJ Soul Sister’s 8th Annual Birthday Jam Set for Sept 19 at Tipitina’s

DJ Soul Sister will be performing live at Tipitina’s along with DJ Maseo of De La Soul on Friday, September 19, for her 8th Annual Birthday Jam.

DJ Soul Sister, Josh Brasted, photo

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

If you know anything about DJ Soul Sister, you know she can keep the dance floor alive all night long.

With DJ Maseo on board as well, this show will definitely be one to remember.

The annual birthday bashes have become a local custom for Soul Sister fans, and anyone else that is ready jam.

Along with her annual birthday extravaganza, the OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Award winning DJ Soul Sister is known for her weekly radio show on WWOZ, party promotions, film screenings, and her incredible talent on the turntables.

Tickets are available now for $15 through Tipitina’s.

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New Orleans Music Icon Cosimo Matassa Has Died

Cosimo Matassa, the dean of New Orleans recording engineers and a beloved member of the music community, died today at about 2 pm in Oschner Hospital after a long illness. He was 88.

Cosimo Matassa

Cosimo Matassa. Credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His granddaughter, Mia Matassa, reported that Mr. Matassa had had trouble breathing and he was admitted to the hospital earlier this week.

Both Allen Toussaint and Dave Bartholomew, a long-time friend and collaborator of Mr. Matassa, were with him last evening to pay their final respects.

Mr. Matassa was a fixture on the New Orleans music scene and received many awards and accolades, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

He was the first recipient of OffBeat’s Lifetime Achievement in Music Business Award and has been written about extensively in OffBeat over its 27-year-history.

A self-made recording engineer who will go down in history as one of the most important parts of the 50s and 60s “New Orleans sound,” Mr. Matassa recorded basically everyone who was active during that time period – from Fats Domino to Little Richard and beyond.

Perpetually modest, Mr. Matassa summed up his recording process in a few brief sentences in a 2004 interview with Michael Hurtt called Cosimo Matassa: King of New Orleans Recording Engineers:

“It was simple. I’d stand in the studio and listen to the band and then go in the control room and make it sound like what I heard in the studio. So that was no big deal. But in the process I had to learn about microphones, how they really work, things like that. And I did.”

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 16, at Lake Lawn Metairie, 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard, beginning at 8:30 a.m.; a funeral Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Burial services are private.

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Zigaboo Modeliste and The Meters honored at 2014 BMI Awards

Congratulations to Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste and The Meters on their recent achievement of the 2014 BMI award for Billboard #1 Hot Rap Songs, for the track “Berzerk” in collaboration with the Grammy Award winning rapper Eminem.

The Meters, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees the Meters (L-R) Leo Nocentelli, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Art Neville and George Porter Jr photo by Rick Olivier.

The track is laced with various samples of Zigaboo’s contributions to popular music throughout the years.

Not only is Modeliste an accomplished legend of New Orleans Funk, but his legendary drum riffs have been repeatedly sampled by some of hip hop’s most dynamic artists, including Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and more.

For decades, Ziggy has taken the stage with local stars like Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, as well as national acts like Paul McCartney, Erykah Badu, and a list of artist that could put many to shame.

Be sure to check out the video for “Berzerk” and the full list of 2014 BMI honorees as well.

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Exclusive: New Brass-a-Holics Saints Song “Heart of the City (Remix)”

We’ve got a brand new song by the Brass-a-Holics celebrating the New Orleans Saints called “Heart of the City (Remix),” and you can only listen to it here.

Brass-A-Holics, photo, Golden Richard III

Photo by Golden Richard III

The Brass-a-Holics collaborated with Rockin’ Dopsie, 5th Ward Weebie, BIGREC, and Team MF’N on this new Saints track.

To promote their new song, the Brass-a-Holics will be performing live in Champions Square before the Saints home opener on September 21, when the Saints will be “on fire” in the Dome.

Performances in Champions Square before Saints home games have taken on a life of their own, and the high-energy Brass-a-Holics are the perfect band to get the home crowd worked up to watch the Saints take on the Vikings in the first home game of the season.

Listen to “Heart of the City (Remix)” exclusively on, and get ready for the rest of the season.

As they say in the song, the Saints really are the heart of this city.

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Vote for Your Favorite
Martini Week Martini!

It’s time to start collecting the votes for your favorite martini recipe for OffBeat’s Martini Week!

Bars and restaurants joining in the festivities have each designed funky and fabulous New Orleans-themed martinis to serve at their establishments during OffBeat Martini Week, which starts today and runs through Thursday, September 18.

Get out there, taste as many martinis as possible, and vote for your favorite right here. By voting, you will be entered into a raffle to win tickets to Friends of City Park’s annual Martini Madness event on September 19, so vote now!

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: September 11 – September 17, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of September 11 – September 17, 2014 featuring: Crimestoppers’ Blues Night Fundraiser, Psycho Sisters feat. Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson, Chris Mule and the Perpetrators, Linnzi Zaorsk, Luke Winslow King, WYES Beatles Tribute feat. the Fab Four,  Schatzy and more!

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  • Armstrong Park: Jazz in the Park feat. Nigel Hall and the Congregation, Sophie B. Wright Marching Band, Trumpet Black and the Heart Attack (JV) 4p
  • d.b.a.: Jon Cleary (PI) 7p, Funkyfry’d (FK) 10p
  • House of Blues: Crimestoppers’ Blues Night Fundraiser feat. Bobby Rush, Dexter Allen, Irvin Mayfield, Allen Toussaint, Matt Lemmler, Ronald Markham, Rockin’ Dopsie and others (VR) 7:30p



  • Chickie Wah Wah: Michael Pearce (BL) 6p, Paul Sanchez (RR) 8p, Psycho Sisters feat. Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson (RK) 9p
  • d.b.a.: Linnzi Zaorski (JV) 6p, the Iguanas (BB) 10p
  • Generations Hall: Liberty’s Kitchen Benefit feat. Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs (FK) 8p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Will Vance and the Kinfolk, Gravy-Flavored Kisses, the Quickening, Andreaux and the See of Sounds (RK) 9p
  • Maple Leaf: Khris Royal and Dark Matter (FK) 10:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Derek Douget Quintet (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Carrollton Station: Cindy Scott (JV) 9p
  • d.b.a.: Feufollet (KJ) 11p
  • Frenchmen Theatre: Chris Mule and the Perpetrators (RR) 10p
  • Gasa Gasa: Debauche (GY) 9p
  • Maison: Messy Cookers, Smoking Time Jazz Club (JV) 4p, Brass-A-Holics, Captain Green (BB) 10:30p
  • Maple Leaf: Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes (FK) 10:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band (JV) 8 & 10p
  • Tipitina’s: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (FK) 10p

Chris Mule and the Perpetrators at Frenchmen Theatre

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  • d.b.a.: Palmetto Bugs Stompers (SI) 6p
  • Snug Harbor: Marcello Benetti 4et Shuffled CD-release party (JV) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Norbert Slama and John Rankin (JV) 5:30p, Linnzi Zaorski (JV) 8p



  • d.b.a.: Luke Winslow King (JV) 7p, Glen David Andrews (JV) 10p
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: Shannon Powell (JV) 8p
  • Maison: Chicken and Waffles, Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses, Musicians’ Jam feat. Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawlers (JV) 5p
  • Maple Leaf: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (FK) 9p



  • Banks Street Bar: NOLA County (FO) 7p
  • City Park (Tad Gormley Stadium): WYES Beatles Tribute feat. the Fab Four (CB) 7p
  • Dragon’s Den: Nola Fam (HH) 10p; Upstairs: Punk Rock Night (PK) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: Rebirth Brass Band (FK) 10:30p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Lydia Loveless (RK) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Stanton Moore Trio (JV) 8 & 10p



  • d.b.a.: Tin Men (BL) 7p, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: Funk Monkey feat. members of Bonerama (FK) 10p
  • Three Muses: Schatzy (JV) 7p