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Ticket Giveaway: White Linen Night at the CAC

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the White Linen Night party at the Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday, August 2.

In addition to enjoying the stroll down Julia Street, you can head inside to the CAC to enjoy glorious air conditioning and view the galleries from 6-9 p.m.

From 9-11 p.m., the CAC after party kicks into high gear, with a cash bar, food from local restaurants, and a DJ dance party.

Enter below for your chance to win tickets!

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Satchmo SummerFest 2014 Full Schedule

Check out the full daily music schedule for Satchmo SummerFest 2014


Satchmo SummerFest 2014, Friday, August 1

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Satchmo SummerFest 2014, Saturday, August 2

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Satchmo SummerFest 2014, Sunday, August 2

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Need a print version? Check out the insert included with the August issue of OffBeat Magazine!

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Video Interview: Shamarr Allen on his Encounter With State Troopers

Trumpeter Shamarr Allen had a terrifying encounter with Louisiana State Troopers on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and he sat down with us to tell his side of the story.

Shamarr Allen, OffBeat Magazine

Shamarr Allen on the cover of OffBeat in 2010.

Allen, who has been named a Cultural Ambassador by the State Department, volunteers to teach music to children out of his mother’s house in his native Ninth Ward, and has a clean record, was nevertheless treated like a criminal after being stopped by several State Troopers.

In a video recorded at the OffBeat offices on July 29, Allen recounts how he feared for his life after being forcibly removed from his car, pinned to the ground with an officer’s boot on his head, and harassed.

After the officers ran Allen’s name through the computer and found out that his record is “squeaky clean,” as he puts it, he was released without being charged with a crime or even accused of any wrongdoing.

Watch the video below to hear Shamarr Allen’s first hand account of what happened that night.

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: July 31 – August 6, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of July 31 – August 6, 2014 featuring: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Hank III, Justin Timberlake, Glen David Andrews, Rebirth Brass Band, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and more!

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  • Carousel Bar: Antoine Diel Jazz Quartet (JV) 5p
  • Circle Bar: the Kentucky Sisters (SS) 6p
  • Snug Harbor: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue (CW) 7:30p



  • Bombay Club: Josh Paxton (JV) 7p, Davis Rogan (JV) 9:30p
  • d.b.a.: Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs (FK) 10p  #
  • Dragon’s Den: Ben E. Hunter (VR) 8p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Tandem (RK) 10p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (ZY) 9:30p
  • Saenger Theatre: Sarah McLachlan (SS) 8p



  • Carrollton Station: Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone (BL) 9p
  • House of Blues: Hank III (ME) 9p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Rebirth Brass Band, Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces (FK) 10p
  • Louisiana Music Factory: Evan Christopher (JV) 2p, Red Wolf Brass Band (BB) 3p, Jane Harvey Brown Trad Jazz Stars (TJ) 4p, Darcy Malone and the Tangle (BL) 5p
  • Snug Harbor: Wycliffe Gordon’s Tribute to Louis Armstrong (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Tipitina’s: Big History Hiastus Show, Sweet Crude, Vox and the Hound (RK) 10p



  • d.b.a.: Shagfest feat. New Orleans Suspects, George Porter Jr., Papa Mali, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Iko All-Stars (FK) 5p
  • Preservation Hall: Preservation Hall All-Stars Tribute to Louis Armstrong (TJ) 8p
  • Smoothie King Center: Justin Timberlake (PO) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Raphael Bas and Norbert Slama (JV) 5:30p, Shotgun Jazz Band (JV) 8p

Justin Timberlake at the Smoothie King Center

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  • Bacchanal: Helen Gillet (JV) 7:30p
  • d.b.a.: Glen David Andrews (JV) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: New Orleans Suspects (FK) 9p
  • Preservation Hall: Preservation Hall Jazz Masters feat. Leroy Jones (TJ) 8p



  • Chickie Wah Wah: Jon Cleary (PI) 8p
  • d.b.a.: Treme Brass Band (BB) 9p
  • Dragon’s Den: Punk Rock Night (PK) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: Rebirth Brass Band (RK) 10:30p
  • Snug Harbor: the 3 Amigos feat. Hector Gallardo and Steve Masakowski (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • Algiers Ferry Dock: Wednesdays on the Point feat. Little Freddie King, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, DJ Rik Ducci (BL) 5:30p
  • d.b.a.: Tin Men (RK) 7p, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 10p
  • Funky Pirate: John Lisi and Deltafunk (BL) 8:30p
  • Gasa Gasa: Seguenon Kone (AF) 8p
  • Hi-Ho Lounge: Phillip Hermans, Sweet Jones, Natalie Mae and her Unturned Tricks (SS) 9p
  • Maple Leaf: Slide Hellions feat. Chris Mule, John Lisi and Brint Anderson (BL) 10p
  • Saenger Theatre: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (RK) 8p

The Smoking Time Jazz Club Plays Satchmo SummerFest August 1

Out of all the promising performances of this year’s edition of the Satchmo SummerFest, there are some to particularly look forward to, including the one from the amazing Smoking Time Jazz Club.

Smoking Time Jazz Club, Maison, Emilie Rhys, illustration

The Smoking Time Jazz Club at Maison (Illustration by Emilie Rhys)

The band will step out of Maison and the Spotted Cat where it usually performs and take over the Festival’s Cornet Chop Suey Stage on Friday, August 1 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

There is something old school yet singularly fresh in the way the band handles traditional jazz tunes, reviving old gems like Morton’s “Sidewalk Blues” or Billie Holiday’s “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” with ease and passion. Their reinterpretations convey contagious energy and aplomb, as greatly demonstrated on their latest release, I Need Someone Like You.

Their music takes an even more delirious dimension live, with musicians embarking in wild solos that set a tremendous path for singer Sarah Peterson to kick in. Her voice is oddly charming, a rare grace that delightfully hearkens back to the early days of jazz.

Before being even aware of it, you’ll find yourself entirely taken by the beat of the music, your feet stomping, your smile growing, slowly realizing how infectious the band’s vigor is.

Whether performing standard blues, charlestons or swing tunes, the Smoking Time Jazz Club is sure to keep you dancing the entire concert. Not to be missed!

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Marco Benevento Teams with Gene Ween

New Orleans keyboard player Marco Benevento has teamed up with Gene Ween, and the duo has record a cover of a beloved Beatles song.


Marco Benevento

Benevento and Aaron Freeman, better known by his stage name Gene Ween, under which he performed as one half of the brothers Ween, have been working together lately.

Freeman helped Benevento write lyrics for his upcoming album, Swift, marking the first time Benevento has sung on one of his albums.

Benevento also played keyboard on Freeman’s most recent album. Freeman joined the Marco Benevento Trio on stage recently to perform the Paul McCartney love song “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”

Check out the video below.

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Jon Batiste and Stay Human On The Colbert Report July 29

Virtuoso piano player Jon Batiste is having a string of good luck with his band Stay Human. Following recent performances at Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and having just wrapped up their international tour, the band will be featured on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30 p.m. for a very special version of their “Express Yourself.”

Jon Batiste at the piano. Photo by Ingrid Hertfelder.

Jon Batiste at the piano. Photo by Ingrid Hertfelder.

To add to this, the band will be part of TV series Front and Center’s third season. With a repertory ranging from original compositions to greatly revived pieces of traditional jazz, the band’s tunes will find a great platform of expression throughout the series, which aim is to deliver one different live music performance per episode. Their episode will premiere on WLAE on Saturday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m.

With Jon Batiste on piano and harmonica, Joe Saylor on the drums, tuba player Ibanda Ruhumbika and Eddie Barbash on alto saxophone, Stay Human’s take on music is innovative, fuelled as much by traditional jazz, soul, funk, pop and classical music.

With heart and talent, Jon Batiste and his bandmates excel at reviving traditional forms of music with contemporary ways of expression. They recently garnered nods from both audiences and critics with their debut album Social Music which title expresses well the kind of music the band does deliver, namely a blend of many genres and musical forms which provides a lot of space for dialogues and evolution live.

Following an intense festival and concerts calendar, the band will also soon hit the road to Newport Jazz Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Monterrey Jazz Festival.

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Whitney White Linen Night 2014 Hits The Arts District August 2

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the annual Whitney White Linen Night will once again take over the Warehouse Arts District on Saturday, August 2.

Art galleries up and down Julia Street (200-600 blocks) and throughout the district will open their doors to the public from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Whitney White Linen Night, August 2, 2014

The Contemporary Arts Center will also host events throughout the evening, with an opening reception unveiling its two new exhibitions, namely “Mark Of The Feminine” and “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards,” followed by an after-party from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with DJs sets, artistic performances, cuisine and cocktails. Tickets for the CAC event are $10 and can be purchased here.

The celebrations will be completed by outdoor food stalls, as well as three stages that will welcome the sounds of Egg Yolk Jubilee, Mahayla and The Unnaturals.

Art aficionados, casual strollers and visitors – preferably dressed in white! – are all welcome to visit the following galleries:

On Julia Street: Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery, Arthur Roger Gallery, boyd|satellite, Callan Contemporary, Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, LeMieux Galleries, Octavia Art Gallery, Søren Christensen Gallery, Steve Martin Studios

On Camp Street: Martine Chaisson Gallery, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

On Magazine Street: George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, YAYA Gallery

On St Charles Avenue: Stella Jones Gallery

For more information about Whitney White Linen Night, call the Contemporary Arts Center at (504) 528-3805.

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Congo Square Preservation Society Hosts Musical Celebration August 9-10

Drums and music will take over Louis Armstrong Park and the historic Carver Theater as the Congo Square Preservation Society launches two days of celebrations and a community membership drive on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10.

Congo Square, New Orleans, Kim Welsh, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Kim Welsh

On August 9, the Carver Theater will host festivities that include music performances, as well as the society’s membership drive.

“Our goal is to enlist people who are passionate about preserving the history and are committed to charting the future of Congo Square” Luther Gray, President and co-founder of the society, said in a press release.

On August 10, the Congo Square Preservation Society’s celebrations will fill Congo Square, in Louis Armstrong Park. With Bamboula 2000, Zion Trinity, and Ben Hunter, the park will come alive to the sounds of gospel, reggae, world beat, New Orleans R&B and jazz from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Troupes such as the N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company and the Congo Square Drum & Dance Circle will get everyone on their feet, dancing! The event will also kick-off the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Week.

Since its formation in 1989, the Congo Square Preservation Society has been the major community-based organization engaged in the preservation of the historic Congo Square. The society has been active in sponsoring cleanup campaigns, garden planting, organizing Sunday free drumming workshops, as well as setting up field trips, tours, parenting classes and literacy training.

Tickets for the Saturday event are $25 and include an individual membership to the Congo Square Preservation Society. Family and Organization tickets are also available, respectively $50 and $100.

Tickets and memberships are available by calling the Congo Square Preservation Society at (504) 495-0463. The Sunday event is free.

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Dr. Sick and the Late Greats Fire Up the Allways Lounge

It’s a Sunday night at the AllWays Lounge, and Dr. Sick and the Late Greats jump on stage with a vigor that gets everyone dancing from the very first tune.

Dr. Sick and the Late Greats, AllWays Lounge, Chloe Perceval, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Chloe Perceval

Performing traditional jazz songs with the same baffling ease as waltzes, they deliver a varied repertory with great confidence and passion.

“We always play songs that others forget to play,” violin player and singer Dr. Sick said between songs before embarking on a fantastic gypsy-rock version of Bessie Smith’s “Devil’s Gonna Get You.”

Dr. Sick, a multi instrumentalist more often than not found sawing away on his violin, performs with many different musical outfits, often accompanied by a selection of burlesque performers.

With the Late Greats, the band keeps the swing going the entire concert, slowing down abruptly before quickening the beat gradually, and it’s not rare to have dancers almost running when a song reaches its end.

Which the band is completely aware of.

“This next song, we call it ‘challenge to the dancers’” Dr. Sick said. “It’s like a rollercoaster in a song.”

Stomping and swinging, the joy and energy coming out of the band are utterly contagious. There is something intensely strong in the way people connect to the music, from crazy swing lovers to this old Greek woman who could not be happier when the band played a traditional Ukrainian tune two weeks ago at the Spotted Cat.

It’s half past eleven by the time the band finishes its second set with an outstanding and completely innovative version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”

It’s “a true story,” as Sick likes to mention at the end of pretty much all of his songs.

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