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Fan Funding: The Breton Sound

New Orleans rock band the Breton Sound needs your help to record their third album.

The band is taking to the road to record two songs apiece in different recording studios across the South that have produced influential music in the past.

The Breton Sound, Ardent Studios, Julia Pretus, OffBeat Magazine

The Breton Sound at Ardent Studios. (Photo by Julia Pretus)

Having kicked started the process this past May with a trip up to Ardent Studios in Memphis, Breton Sound lead singer Jonathan Pretus said the band’s crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo will help fund the rest of the planned stops.

While the list of perks ranges from a digital download for a $5 pledge to an executive producer credit for a $5,000 “Diddy Package” pledge, the band is also offering intimate access to all parts of the recording process.

“We’re going to give you the fly on the wall perspective of what it’s like to make a record,” Pretus says in the band’s pitch. “It’s about as close as you can get to actually being in the studio with us.”

The $15,000 fundraising target will pay for studio time, mastering, pressing, and session expenses.

Other perks of donation include a b-side EP of unreleased songs at the $25 level, two tickets to the record release show for $50, a limited edition photobook at the $100 level, and a personalized theme song for $300.

The campaign ends on September 13, and $5,695 has been raised so far.

Click here to pledge your support for the project

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Drummer Nikki Glaspie Leaves Dumpstaphunk to Focus on Nth Power

When drummer Nikki Glaspie was offered the opportunity to join Dumpstaphunk in 2011, she couldn’t resist.

Nikki Glaspie, The Nth Power, Bob Adamek, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Bob Adamek

After all, Dumpstaphunk was one of her favorite bands.

“Any musician in their right mind would jump at the opportunity to play with two of the baddest bass players ever – Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III – and then you add Ivan Neville and Ian Neville to that, and it’s unbelievable,” she said.

Even after landing a gig as Beyonce’s drummer, which many would consider a dream job, Glaspie still had her eye on Dumpstaphunk.

“I was a huge fan,” Glaspie said. “When I joined the band, I told Ian that, and he was like ‘Shut up. Whatever. You’re not a fan.’ I was like ‘Dude, how many shows have you played in New York that I’ve been to?’ He stood there and thought about it for a second, and he was like ‘I guess…all of them.’”

Ivan Neville said Glaspie brought a youth and energy to the band’s dynamic that was just as valuable as her tremendous skills as a drummer.

“She’s Ian’s age, which is cool,” Ivan Neville said. “It was a cool thing to have a multi-generational band. You’ve got people who grew up in the computer age in the band with people who grew up in the 70s.”

Now, as Glaspie leaves Dumpstaphunk after about three years to pursue her band The Nth Power full time, Neville said he sees a parallel between the two bands, especially during the initial startup phase.

“It was one of those things where we saw she was wanting to book more shows with Nth Power,” he said. “Dumpstaphunk is our main thing and our baby that we started from the ground up, and it was getting to the point where she needed to devote more time to her thing, her baby. We wish her the absolute best. We love Nikki and we love the time that we spent playing with her.”

Glaspie said The Nth Power, which she formed with Nigel Hall, Nick Cassarino, Nate Edgar, and Weedie Braimah, formed almost by itself for a late-night show after Jazz Fest 2012.

Dumpstaphunk, Bob Adamek, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Bob Adamek

“It was just a put-together band,” she said. “We played at the Maple Leaf, at like three in the morning, and when we did a sound check, we all just kind of looked at each other like ‘Whoa, that was crazy. What’s going on?’ By the end of the night, we were like ‘This is a band. We have to do something.’”

From there, the pieces started falling into place. More gigs followed, and a certain vibe began to evolve that has permeated all aspects of The Nth Power.

At the core of that vibe is a deviously simple concept – the healing power of love.

“Our music is more than just music,” Glaspie said. “We’re on a mission to try to help people, and heal the world, and make people feel better about themselves, and just let them know that they are loved. There’s so much hate in the world. We feel that we can use this platform to make the world a better place.”

The band’s message of love isn’t restricted by politics, religious beliefs, or any other boundaries. Glaspie said it’s all about the love, and that is something that everyone can relate to.

“As individuals, all five of us have different beliefs, but we still believe one thing, which is love,” she said. “I’d say that there is only one true opinion of love, and it’s that we all need it.”

The Nth Power is solidifying their approach to spreading love through music in the recording studio now as they work on an album Glaspie said should be out in March of 2015.

The band’s next hometown show will be on October 23 at the Maison on Frenchmen Street. Until then, they’ll be spreading their message of love across America and all the way down to Australia for the Caloundra Music Festival.

Dumpstaphunk will return to town for a Black & Gold kickoff party at Tipitina’s on September 20 with new drummer Alvin Ford, Jr.

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: August 21 – August 27, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of August 21, – August 27, 2014 featuring: New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Raphael Bas and Norbert Slama, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Clint Maedgen, Lynn Drury, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Tin Men and more!

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  • d.b.a.: Jon Cleary (PI) 7p, New Orleans Nightcrawlers (FK) 10p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Horace Trahan (ZY) 8:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Stephen Gordon Quintet (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Spotted Cat: Sarah McCoy and the Oopsie Daisies (JV) 4p, Miss Sophie Lee (JV) 6p, Jumbo Shrimp (JV) 10p



  • Bacchanal: Raphael Bas and Norbert Slama (JV) 5p
  • d.b.a.: Linnzi Zaorski (JV) 6p, Dash Rip Rock, Chris Lee Band (RK) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: Groovesect (FK) 10:30p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Honky, Suplecs, Sideburner (RK) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Matt Johnson Trio (JV) 6p
  • Tipitina’s: Foundation Free Fridays presents Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Naughty Professor (FK) 10p



  • d.b.a.: Soul Rebels (BB) 11p
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: Adonis Rose (JV) 8p
  • Maison: Smoking Time Jazz Club (JV) 7p, Kumasi, Street Legends (AF) 10p
  • Old U.S. Mint: Jimmy Robinson and Helen Gillet (JV) 8p
  • Saenger Theatre: Crosby, Stills and Nash (CR) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: Phillip Manuel Swings the Beatles (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Tipitina’s: Lillian Axe (RK) 9p

Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Saenger Theatre

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  • Chickie Wah Wah: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue (CW) 8p
  • Howlin’ Wolf (the Den): Hot 8 Brass Band (BB) 10p
  • Kajun’s Pub: the Bishop and Big Al Carson (BL) 5p
  • Siberia: Clint Maedgen (SS) 6p, Joe Buck Yourself, Viva Le Vox (RK) 9p
  • Snug Harbor: Brad Walker Quintet (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • Funky Pirate: Lynn Drury (BL) 8p
  • Hi-Ho Lounge: Bluegrass Pickin’ Party (BU) 8p
  • Kerry Irish Pub: Beth Patterson (FO) 9p
  • Three Muses: Washboard Rodeo (JV) 7p



  • Ellis Marsalis Center for Music: Chip Wilson and Spirit Tonic (BL) 6:30p
  • Maple Leaf: Rebirth Brass Band (FK) 10:30p
  • Siberia: The New Orleans Bingo! Show (RK) 9p
  • Snug Harbor: David Torkanowsky Trio (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • Algiers Ferry Dock: Wednesdays on the Point feat. Amanda Shaw, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, DJ Rik Ducci (VR) 5:30p
  • d.b.a.: Tin Men (RK) 7p, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 10p
  • Three Muses: Sarah McCoy (JV) 7p

Krewe of O.A.K. Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Rolls on Oak Street August 23

The 28th annual Krewe of O.A.K. Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade is set to roll down Oak Street on Saturday, August 23.

Krewe of O.A.K. Mid-Summer Mardi Gras

Photo by Kim Welsh

The festivities begin at the Maple Leaf Bar, where an official “Royal Balcony” ceremony will kick things off at 7 p.m.

At precisely 7:30 p.m., the parade begins to roll down Oak to Carrollton, up to Palmer Park at the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne, and back to the Maple Leaf.

Organizers have advised revelers to bring extra water since there will be none provided at Palmer Park.

As always, the parade is free and open to everyone, although costumes are strongly encouraged.

This year’s theme is “Rub it All Over Your Body,” and throws will be provided by ZomBeads, a New Orleans based company that produces throws made from locally sourced, sustainable and recycled materials.

For more information, visit the Krewe of O.A.K.’s Facebook page.

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Cutting Edge Conference Brings Entertainment Leaders to New Orleans August 21-23

The 2014 Cutting Edge C.E Conference will bring leaders all areas of the entertainment industry to New Orleans from August 21-23.
Cutting Edge Conference

The conference, now in its 22nd year, will feature presentations from a variety of New Orleans based music industry leaders.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation director Scott Aiges, Orleans Records owner Carlo Ditta, Delgado Community College Assistant Professor of Music Kevin George, Thunderbird Management owner Ruben Williams, and many more.

WWOZ General Manager David Freedman will receive the Cutting Edge Lifetime Achievement Award for his key role helping secure the station as one of the cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture.

The conference, which will take place at the InterContinental Hotel, will also feature Music Dealers co-founder and CEO Eric Sheinkop as the keynote speaker.

Every level of the entertainment industry will be represented, with sessions on Entertainment Law, Music Business, Film financing and tax credits, Roots Music, and the NewWorks Showcases.

Attendees will also be able to attend the NOLA Downtown Festival and Cruisin’ New Orleans Pro Gear Show at the Historic Carver Theater.

Tickets for the various events range in price and be purchased here.

Click here for the full lineup of the Artists Showcase events

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Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce Renewed for Two More Seasons

We all know Big Freedia is the Queen of Bounce, but now she has been crowned the Queen of the Fuse network as well.
Big Freedia Queen of Bounce

The popular Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce television program has been renewed for two more seasons after posting the highest ratings in Fuse history for the recently concluded second season.

Production on the new seasons will begin next month with the filming of 13 episodes that will be split into two seasons that will start airing in early 2015.

“Big Freedia is a sensational, unique talent, and we are thrilled to announce that the series will be back for a third and fourth season, following a year that saw her popularity grow, and her show attract more viewers than any other in Fuse history,” Fuse president Bill Hillary said in a press release. “This is the first original programming to go into production since we acquired Fuse, and we can’t wait to bring the show’s young, loyal viewers more Big Freedia next year.”

With local hero and compelling personality Big Freedia as its guide, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce is an unscripted series that explores the world of the New Orleans underground hip hop scene.

It is executive produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder, which also produces RuPaul’s Drag Race, Million Dollar Listing, Life with La Toya.

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The Historic New Orleans Collection Screens The Cincinnati Kid

The Historic New Orleans Collection will offer a free screening of “The Cincinnati Kid” on Saturday, August 30th at 10:30 a.m. in the Williams Research Center.The Cincinnati Kid Poster

The screening marks the fourth installment of THNOC’s ongoing exhibition, “From Cameo to Close-up: Louisiana in Film,” an examination of Louisiana’s role in the film industry spanning from the time of silent films into the mid 1990s.

Prior to the viewing of “The Cincinnati Kid,” senior historian John Magill will provide an introduction and context about Louisiana’s role in the Steve Mcqueen film.

Set in 1930’s New Orleans, “The Cincinnati Kid” premiered at the Saenger Theater in October of 1965, only a month after Hurricane Betsy flooded New Orleans. Proceeds from the screening were graciously donated to the Betsy Fund, which assisted Hurricane victims in New Orleans.

Three more screenings will be held in conjunction with THNOC’s exhibit, including “Blaze,” “Miller’s Crossing,” and “These Amazing Shadows.”

For more information, please visit

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Distillery Swap Meet Connects Performance Artists on August 22

The Distillery and the Contemporary Arts Center will be holding a Swap Meet performance at the Freeport-McMoRan Theater on Friday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.The Distillery, Swap Meet

The docket for the night will include 15-20 minute excerpts new projects by interdisciplinary artists Aurora Nealand, A Scribe Called Quess?, Evan Spigelman and Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, with opportunities to interact and speak with performers.

The Distillery is a fellowship granted to performance artists allowing them to practice and hold performances in the Contemporary Arts Center. It provides stipends to cover costs, and links artists both locally and nationally to mentor and inspire each other.

Recipients of the fellowship are expected to write a 10-page research paper on their performances, rehearse weekly, provide three open to the public performances, and hold weekly roundtable discussions on the performing process.

For more information on how to become involved with the Distillery or how to apply for a fellowship grant, please visit

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6th Annual Gospel Music Festival September 13 at Carver Theater

The 6th Annual Gospel Music Festival will be held on September 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Carver Theater in the Treme.
Gospel Music Festival, Carver Theater

The Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Black Ministries is sponsoring the event along with the Historic Carver Theater Foundation, 2-Cent Entertainment, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Choirs from St. Peter Claver, St. Katharine Drexel and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Churches, plus the Arc Singers will perform, in addition to other gospel acts.

The event is free and open to the public, however, attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishables to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

For more information, please visit

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GRAMMY Award Submissions in New Orleans August 25-26

The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter is hosting two opportunities for New Orleans musicians to submit recordings for GRAMMY Award consideration.

Rebirth Brass Band at the Grammy Awards

The first session will be held on Monday, August 25 from 2-5 p.m. at the New Orleans Musicians Union Hall (2401 Esplanade Avenue). The second session will occur on August 26 from 2-5 p.m. at the Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op in Lafayette (203 Jefferson Street).

Only recordings that were released commercially between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014, and were available through nationwide realtors such as Barnes & Noble or iTunes are eligible to apply.

Artists attending the sessions are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their selected recordings to be sent in to the Academy.

During the two sessions, Academy appointed New Orleans-based Member Services representative Reid Wick will be assisting artists entering recordings for consideration.

Previous GRAMMY winners from New Orleans include Dr. John, Lil Wayne, Rebirth Brass Band and Harry Connick Jr.

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