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Video: Bayou Rum Blues Jam Competition at Rock ‘n’ Bowl

The Bayou Rum Blues Jam Competition at Rock ‘n’ Bowl brought the best unsigned blues artists from across Louisiana to Rock ‘n’ Bowl every Tuesday in October to compete for a free recording session and a paid show at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.

Bayou Rum Blues Jam at Rock 'n' BowlOrganized by Credo Blues Society frontman Chuck Credo IV, the Blues Jam was designed to showcase the talent of up and coming musicians.

The last time Rock ‘n’ Bowl held a similar competition was more than 20 years ago in 1992, and the finalists then included Anders Osborne, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Tab Benoit, and a host of other current blues stars.

I had the honor of joining a rotating panel of judges for the event, including Alex McMurray, Mark Stone, Reid Wick, Robin Barnes, and Gwen Voorhies.

Check out this video of the Bayou Rum Blues Jam Competition finals, featuring the Credo Blues Society as the backing band for each contestant.

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: October 30 – November 5, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of October 30 – November 5, 2014 featuring: Phil DeGruy, Morning 40 Federation, Dumpstaphunk, Roland Guerin Quintet, Glen David Andrews, Treme Brass Band, Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott, and more!

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  • Armstrong Park: Jazz in the Park feat. Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins (JV) 4p
  • Chickie Wah Wah: Phil DeGruy (BL) 6p, Grayson Capps (RR) 9p
  • d.b.a.: Star and Dagger, the Quaalords (RK) 11p
  • House of Blues: Moon Taxi (RK) 9p
  • Palm Court Jazz Café: Leroy Jones and Katja Toivola with Crescent City Joymakers (TJ) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: David Torkanowsky Trio (JV) 8 & 10p



  • d.b.a.: Morning 40 Federation, Happy Talk Band (RK) 11p
  • Gasa Gasa: Valerie Sassyfras (VR) 8p, Flow Tribe (FK) 10p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Reverend Horton Heat, Suplecs (RK) 11p
  • Maple Leaf: Johnny Vidacovich, Oteil Burbridge, June Yamagishi and Terence
  • Higgins (FK) 10p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Ballzack, Manatees (RK) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 8 & 10p
  • Tipitina’s: Galactic Halloween Show (FK) 11p

Morning 40 Federation at d.b.a.

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  • Blue Nile: Dumpstaphunk (FK) 10p
  • Carrollton Station: Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone (BL) 10p
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: Bill Summers (JV) 8p
  • Louisiana Music Factory: LadyFest Showcase feat. Pearl Ricks, David and Roselyn, Sharon Martin and Ingrid Lucia  (VR) 2p, Debauche (GY) 4p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Rock ‘n’ Bowl’s 26th Anniversary Party feat. the Wiseguys (VR) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: 40 Years of Randy Newman with Banu Gibson, Debbie Davis and Tom McDermott (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Maple Leaf: Joe Krown Trio feat. Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington (RB) 10p
  • Siberia: Helen Gillet, French Wazozo, Mark Southerland (VR) 9p
  • Snug Harbor: Roland Guerin Quintet (JV) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Raphael Bas (JV) 5p, Linnzi Zaorski (JV) 8p



  • Banks Street Bar: the Bathrobe Banditos Jazz Band (JV) 7p, South Jones (RK) 9p
  • d.b.a.: Glen David Andrews (JV) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: George Porter Jr. Trio (FK) 10p
  • Three Muses: Norbert Susemihl (JV) 7p



  • d.b.a.: Treme Brass Band (BB) 9p
  • Maison: Gregory Agid (JV) 6p
  • Maple Leaf: Rebirth Brass Band (RK) 10:30p
  • Old Arabi Bar: Open Mic Night with Alex McMurray (SS) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: Dwight Fitch Quartet (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Chickie Wah Wah: Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott (JV) 8p
  • Maple Leaf: Marc Stone Band with Chris Mule (BL) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Uptown Jazz Orchestra (JV) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Hot Club of New Orleans (JV) 7p

The Redhaus to Host Preview Party Halloween Weekend

The Redhaus, also referred to as the art house on St. Claude, will be reopening its doors this Halloween weekend with three nights of music, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Friday through Sunday, at 2820 Saint Claude.

Redhaus Halloween

Since closing at the beginning of summer, the Redhaus has gone through an incredible transformation.

Walls have been painted, a massive bar has been built, giant plaster skeletons have been hung from the ceiling, light projections have been installed, and half of the famous tree house has been removed.

The Redhaus will host a diverse group of artists this Halloween ranging from established local artists such as Aurora Nealand and Tank and The Bangas to New York DJ Saint Pepsi and local rapper Slangston Hughes.

Tickets are $13 for one night or $25 for two nights.

Tickets for Sunday night’s show are $10 at the door. You can buy tickets in advance at

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Ooh Poo Pah Doo Music Club to Host One Year Anniversary Party on 11/1

Looking to ditch the Halloween madness for a bit this weekend in favor of some feel-good neighborhood love?

Come out on Saturday, November 1, to second line and celebrate the one year anniversary of Ooh Poo Pah Doo, an awesome little music club and beloved neighborhood haunt in the Treme.

The parade will depart from Jackson Square at noon and make its way to the bar, located on Orleans at North Prieur, for a music-filled after party that will last well into the night.

Ooh Poo Pah Doo

Food and champagne toasts are complimentary, and there is no cover charge.

Known for being the home base of Trombone Shorty, James Andrews, and Trumpet Black, all nephews of the bar’s owner, Ooh Poo Pah Doo is the perfect spot to hear 24-carat New Orleans music in a warm, familial atmosphere.

Saturday’s festivities will feature performances by regulars James Andrews, Trumpet Black, and Guitar Slim Jr., as well as all sorts of guest performers that are sure to cycle on and off stage throughout the night.

It’s the kind of venue where there’s a very fine line between audience and performer.

Bar owner Judy Hill is a talented singer and avid hostess who had been anxious to open a music bar for several years.

What’s more, she’s the daughter of famed R&B and blues singer Jessie Hill and part of one of the old New Orleans musical families. She she aims to honor this legacy with her new venue, which is named after her father’s greatest hit.

She designed the tasteful, unpretentious interior of the bar herself and covered the walls in strings of lights and pictures of her many musical friends and family members.

“I wanted it to be about the family,” she says. “That’s how I was raised. Friendly, cozy, laid back, and lots of live music.”

From family to food, music to history, Ooh Poo Pah Doo really has it all. With an establishment like this on her hands, Hill is sure to be hosting the first anniversary party of many!

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Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade Set to Roll on October 30

Krewe of Boo, New Orleans’ official Halloween parade, is set to roll through the streets of the French Quarter on Thursday, October 30.

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade, Photo by Kim Welsh, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Kim Welsh

The parade will gather at 6:30 p.m. on Elysian Fields in the Marigny and proceed through the “Boo Carré” all the way to the Lower Garden District.

Revelers will be treated to a variety of locally and hand made candies and throws, most of which will be collectable or consumable to cut down on waste.

The parade will be followed by a spectacular “Monster Mash” costume party at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl., where Blaine Kern Studios have been building their dazzling papier-mâché and fiberglass parade floats since 1947.

The party will have an open bar and feature raging performances by Destructo and Big Sam’s Funky Nation.

Tickets cost between $50 and $100 for non-members, and entry is free for members.

To buy tickets for the after-party, find out more about the parade, or become a member of Krewe of Boo, visit

Or, you could just enter our contest for a chance to win free tickets to Monster Mash!

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Trombone Shorty to Be Featured on NBC Nightly News

The Trombone Shorty Foundation will be featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams tonight.

Trombone Shorty, Best of the Beat, OffBeat Magazine

Best of the Beat multiple award winner Trombone Shorty. (Photo by: Stephen Maloney)

The Foundation was created by New Orleans musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2012 with the goal of the developing young, underserved musicians and passing on knowledge about the city’s unique musical history to the next generation.

The foundation’s flagship program, in its third year, is the Trombone Shorty Academy. Through the academy, local high school students participate in weekly music classes at Tulane University and are given opportunities to perform with renowned New Orleans musicians such as the Soul Rebels.

Other programs include the Fredman Music Business Institute, which educates high schoolers about the music industry, and the “Tunes For Toys,” a community concert which provides toys to needy children, among many others.

NBC visited Trombone Shorty Academy class last week and talked to Jasmine Batiste, a graduate of the program who is now a freshman at Southern University, and interviewed Trombone Shorty.

The story will be featured on the Nightly News’ “Making A Difference” segment.

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Ticket Giveaway: Krewe of Boo Monster Mash on 10/30

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the Krewe of Boo Monster Mash after party on Thursday, October 30, at Mardi Gras World.

After the Krewe of Boo finishes rolling through the French Quarter, Monster Mash will be the place to be as Destructo and Big Sam’s Funky Nation take the stage.

The party starts at 9 p.m. Enter below for your chance to win!

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Photos: Gwar at the House of Blues on October 24, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, Gwar descended upon the House of Blues for a blood spewing show on Friday, October 24.

Decapitated and American Sharks opened up for Gwar, who performed with Vulvatron.

Check out our pictures from the show.

Gwar with Vulvatron, photo by Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine

All photos by Elsa Hahne. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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Ticket Giveaway: Voodoo Fest 2014

We’re giving away three pairs of tickets to Voodoo Fest 2014.

This year’s Voodoo runs from October 31 through November 2 in City Park, and features headliners Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, and many more.

Single day passes are $73, three day passes are $195, or you can enter below for your chance to win one of three pairs of general admission tickets we’re giving away.

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1984 World’s Fair Commemoration to be Held on Nov. 7

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will host a celebration on Friday, November 7, to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Louisiana World Exhibition, or “World’s Fair.”

1984 World's FairThe evening will kick off with the unveiling of a commemorative bronze plaque, the historic event’s first permanent memorial, at 5 p.m. at the Convention Center Plaza.

The Plaza is located at the corner of Julia St. and Convention Center Blvd., at the heart of the former fair site.

This will be followed by a second line parade to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, where there will be a reunion of former employees, contractors, concessionaires, performers, and others involved in the 1984 World’s Fair.

The reunion will feature complimentary food and cash bars, as well as music by the Riverwalk Jazz Band.

This is sure to be an amazing evening, a fitting tribute to the monumental event that amplified the city’s tourism and convention industries and spurred the revitalization of a huge swath of the Warehouse District and riverfront.

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