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Beats and Brushstrokes Sets up Shop on O.C. Haley

Beats and Brushstrokes will host their third installment outside of Charlie Boy LLC at 2043 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. on Saturday, October 25th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Beats and BrushtrokesBeats and Brushstrokes combines the forces of local visual artists, musicians, makeup designers, and fashion designers for a celebration of the next generation of New Orleans artists and bearers of its culture.

This event is a part of an ongoing series showcasing local talent.

Saturday’s event will include performances by eight to 10 artists including French Quarter Festival LLC and Old Algiers Festival poster designer Varion Laurent, Definition DJ Chris Stylez, New Orleans sensation Ayo Scott, and Internationally recognized artist Myesha Francis.

Saturday’s event with host a clothing drive to raise money for charity and food will be provided by Myrtle Palmer of Food4daSoul Food Truck.

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Fan Funding: Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant

Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for soundproofing and legal fees.

The need for the campaign arouse through Buffa’s continued legal battles with their neighbor, New Orleans businessman Sidney Torres IV.

Buffa's Bar and Restaurant, Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine

Earlier this year, Torres issued a lawsuit against the established neighborhood bar, claiming that Buffa’s had violated the city’s noise ordinance. Torres’ goal was to have Buffa’s Mayoralty Permit revoked, which allows them to host live music.

In order to prove that the sound levels have remained under 100db, the owners of Buffa’s were asked to conduct tests on Torres’ property, which turned out to be an expensive undertaking.

This was just one of the many costs that the lawsuit created. Those costs include installing additional soundproofing, attorney fees, and significant loss of revenue due to a negotiated reduced music schedule.

Buffa’s aims to raise $25,000 with their Indiegogo campaign. If they raise enough to cover their expenses, the rest will be donated to the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (Maccno) in order to help others who’ve had their livelihood similarly threatened by the noise ordinance.

Buffa’s is offering twelve levels of donation ranging from $5 to $10,000. Some of the rewards include Buffa’s T-shirts, shout-outs on Buffa’s Facebook page, dinners at Buffa’s, Buffa’s hot sauce, a two-night stay in the Storyville hotel, and a CD of live performances from the back room at Buffa’s by local musicians such as Tom McDermott, Davis Rogan, The HoneyPots, The Mumbles, and many others.

The Indiegogo campaign began on October 20th, and will end on November 19th.

Check out an OffBeat video of Buffa’s owner Chuck Rogers walking us through the extensive renovations that are underway at the bar:

So far, Buffa’s has raised $3,225, or 13 percent, of the $25,000 goal.

Click here to pledge your support for the project

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Ticket Giveaway: Tank and the Bangas at Tipitina’s October 25

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Tank and the Bangas at Tipitina’s on October 25.

DJ RQ Away will open the show, which starts at 10 p.m.

Tickets are $12 at the door, or you can enter to win a free pair of tickets right here.

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Ticket Giveaway: Zoso at Tipitina’s on October 24

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Zoso at Tipitina’s on October 24.

Zoso formed in 1995 to pay tribute to legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, and they haven’t slowed down yet.

Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory will open for Zoso.

Doors open at 9 p.m., the show starts at 10 p.m., and tickets are $15 at the door, but you can enter below for your chance to win a pair of free tickets to the show.

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Ticket Giveaway: Of Montreal
at the Howlin’ Wolf 10/24

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Of Montreal at the Howlin’ Wolf on October 24.

Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. with openers Pillar Point.

Tickets are $15, or you can fill out the form below for your chance to win!

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Photos: Macy Gray at Tipitina’s, October 22, 2014

Macy Gray put on a tremendous show at Tipitina’s on Wednesday, October 22, accompanied by openers The Honorable South and Cary Nokey.

Check out these pictures from the always emotive Macy Gray’s show.

Macy Gray at Tipitina's

All photos by Elsa Hahne and Golden G. Richard, III. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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Photos: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest, October 17-19, 2014

Some of the best blues musicians in the world descended on New Orleans for the 2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest from October 17-19.

Check out this photo gallery from the event.

Leo Bud Welch, Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest, Elsa Hahne and Golden G. Richard, III, OffBeat Magazine

All photos by Elsa Hahne and Golden G. Richard, III. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: October 23 – October 29, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of October 23 – October 29, 2014 featuring: Los Hombres Calientes, Davis Rogan, Christian Scott Quintet, Raphael Bas and Norbert Slama, Glen David Andrews, Bayou Rum Blues Jam Competition, Hill Country Hounds, and more!

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  • Armstrong Park: Jazz in the Park feat. Los Hombres Calientes, Stephanie Jordan (JV) 4p
  • Chickie Wah Wah: Phil DeGruy (BL) 6p, Grayson Capps (RR) 9p
  • Maison: Jon Roniger, Bon Bon Vivant, the Nth Power, Smoke N Bones (VR) 5p
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art: After Hours feat. Fais Do Do with Ike Marr and Martin Shears (KJ) 6p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express (ZY) 8:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Badal Roy (CL) 8 & 10p



  • Buffa’s Lounge: Davis Rogan (JV) 8p
  • Civic Theatre: Gino Vannelli (PO) 7p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Of Montreal, Pillar Point (ID) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: Roland Guerin Band (FK) 10:30p
  • Three Muses: Matt Johnson Trio (JV) 6p
  • Tipitina’s: ZoSo: the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience (CR) 10p



  • Buffa’s Lounge: Arsene DeLay (JV) 8p
  • Civic Theatre: Gino Vannelli (PO) 7p
  • d.b.a.: John Boutte (JV) 8p, the Wild Magnolias (MG) 11p
  • Harrah’s Casino: Harrah’s Fest Celebrating 15th Anniversary feat. live music on two stages all day (VR) 11a
  • Maple Leaf: Mia Borders (BL) 10:30p
  • Old U.S. Mint: King James and the Special Men (RB) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: Christian Scott Quintet (JV) 8 & 10p

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  • Maple Leaf: Joe Krown Trio feat. Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington (RB) 10p
  • One Eyed Jacks: il sogno del marinaio (with mike watt) (RK) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Jesse Boyd Trio (JV) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Raphael Bas and Norbert Slama (JV) 5:30p, Linnzi Zaorski (JV) 8p



  • d.b.a.: Luke Winslow King (JV) 7p, Glen David Andrews (JV) 10p
  • Kerry Irish Pub: Kim Carson (FO) 9p
  • Maple Leaf: George Porter Jr. Trio (FK) 10p
  • Three Muses: Washboard Rodeo (BL) 7p



  • Ellis Marsalis Center for Music: Sharon Martin (JV) 6:30p
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: Ed Petersen presents a Tribute to Queen (JV) 8p
  • Maison: Gregory Agid, Swamp Donkeys (JV) 6p
  • Maple Leaf: Rebirth Brass Band (FK) 10:30p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Bayou Rum Blues Jam Competition Round 4 (BL) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: Jorge Luis Pacheco Quartet from Cuba (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Hi-Ho Lounge: Hill Country Hounds (CW) 9p
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: Dana Abbott (JV) 5p, Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam performing the music of James Black (JV) 8p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash (RK) 10p
  • Sandbar at UNO: Jazz at the Sandbar feat. Jorge Pacheco (JV) 7p

What to Do in New Orleans on October 25, 2014

The upcoming weekend in New Orleans is packed with incredible events.

There are so many varied things that you could do on Saturday, October 25, that we decided to pull them together in one place for you.

Here are some of our top picks:


Prospect.3 Notes for NowProspect.3 will hold a series of events to celebrate their opening weekend. The festivities will begin with P3: “Notes for Now” on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Notes for Now” will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and second line in Washington Square Park, located at 700 Elysian Fields Avenue.

Following the procession, the owner of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, will host a luncheon in the park.The opening ceremony will take place at The Contemporary Arts Center, located at 900 Camp St., on Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests can expect dinner, dancing, and the presentation of the Artadia Award with Champions of Culture. P3 will also be hosting a block party in the St. Claude art district on Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Do It Yourself

Community Records will host their 7th annual D.I.Y music festival at the Carver Theatre on Saturday at noon. This year features an all day event with two stages and 23 bands and performers including Caddywhompus, Donovan Wolfington, All People, Screaming Females, and many others.

Happy Birthday Mahalia

Mahalia Jackson’s birthday ceremony will take place on Saturday at The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park at 916 N. Peters St., from noon until 4 p.m. There will be live music, film showings, and lectures celebrating the New Orleans legend on her birthday.

Will You Voodoo?

Voodoo On The Bayou will take place on Saturday at the historic Pitot House, 1440 Moss St., 8:30 p.m. to midnight. This costume gala will include a silent auction fundraiser, fortunetellers, and live music from Lips & The Trips and Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington. All proceeds will go to support community projects such as Desmare Playground, the NOPD First District, Bounty on the Bayou Children’s Halloween event, the Re-Bridge project, and much more. The event is open to the public and admission is $50 per person in advance or $60 at the door. Tickets are available at Terranova’s, Swirl Wines, Pal’s or online at

Halloween Themed Burlesque

Slow Burn Burlesque presents “Showghouls” at The Howlin’ Wolf on Saturday, 10 p.m. to midnight. “Showghouls” is a Halloween themed striptese extravaganza with performances from Nona Narcisse, Little Luna, Ginger Licious, Roxie le Rouge, Ruby Rage, and Lady Lucerne, with more to be announced.

Got to See the Special Men

Fans of King James & the Special Men will get a chance to see the band outside of their Monday night residency at BJ’s in The Bywater. The band will be performing at the old US Mint, located at 400 Esplanade, on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

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Trumpet Mafia Explores the Connections Between Jazz and Hip-Hop

In the shady half of a brick courtyard along Frenchmen Street, the Trumpet Mafia has convened.

On the eve of the band’s first public performance, an October 23 show at Tulane University as part of the Jazz at the Rat series, preparations have kicked into high gear.

Trumpet Mafia, Photo by Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Stephen Maloney

Half-finished iced coffees dot a patio table covered with binders full of heavily annotated sheet music. Shiny new briefcases sit open along an outdoor sofa dotted with assorted instrument cases.

Heavy bass thumps rhythmically out of an upright as a glorious chord spills from the five gathered trumpets and forms on the afternoon air.

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra member and Trumpet Mafia ringleader Ashlin Parker seems to levitate as the musicians reign in and pop to a rest with a shiny high note, a huge grin spread across his face.

“You’re killing it!” he says. “You guys are absolutely killing it!

The Trumpet Mafia evolved from a “shed,” a regular professional practice session led by Parker for some of the best and brightest up-and-coming jazz players in the city.

“Trumpet Mafia is really the performance entity of the practice shed,” Parker said. “We were going hardcore, almost eight hours a day, for a few months. At one point, we said ‘we sound good.’”

The idea to perform publicly evolved from that moment. The band itself features several core members and an assortment of other musicians that have entered Parker’s orbit in some way.

NOJO founder Irvin Mayfield is “super affiliated,” as Parker puts it, as are drummer Julian Addison and tuba player James Williams, to name a few.

For the Jazz at the Rat show, Parker will be joined by fellow trumpeters Scott Frock, Branden Lewis, Alex Massa and Jeremy Thomas, with Khris Royal and James Partridge on saxophones, Grayson Hackleman on bass, Adonis Rose on drums, Stephen Gordon on piano, and Danny Abel on guitar.

Trumpet Mafia, Photo by Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Stephen Maloney

“And there will definitely be special guests,” Parker adds.

But don’t expect just a straight ahead jazz show.

“We will be featuring trumpets in hip-hop and exploring the connections between jazz and hip-hop,” Parker said.

The genesis of that connection goes back to the time Parker spent working at actor David Arquette’s Bootsy Bellows nightclub in Los Angeles.

“My job was to just play horn riffs over all the hip-hop songs that were on,” Parker said. “Every time ‘SpottiOttie,” an Outkast song that actually does have trumpets in the track, came on, everybody went crazy.”

That connection between hip-hop and horn parts stuck with him.

“It’s just like ‘wow, it’d be nice to actually feature how well the horns are used in hip-hop,’” he said.

For the Jazz at the Rat show, Parker said he wants to help shake the audience free of any preconceptions they may have about both hip-hop and jazz.

“If you’re into hip-hop, it’s going to sound like your music,” he said. “If you’re into jazz, it’s going to sound like your music. And that’s what we’re going for.”

Trumpet Mafia will take the stage at Tulane at 7 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Jazz at the Rat website.

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