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Vote Now for Martini Week!

Martini Madness Vote NowMartini Madness is now sold out! Tickets won’t even be available at the gates!

That means the only way to attend this year’s party is by entering to win tickets by voting during Martini Week!

Vote today!

Polls close tonight! Only one winning bar will be featured at Martini Madness.

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Community Rallies to Restore Mudlark Public Theatre After Fire

In the early hours of September 12, the Mudlark Public Theatre, a beloved St. Roch performance space, suffered a devastating fire.

Along with rendering the event space unusable, the fire completely destroyed the upstairs home of owner Pandora Gastelum.

Mudlark Public Theatre, Pandora Gastelum

The puppets “Night” and “Mother” by the Mudlark Theatre's Pandora Gastelum and Otter Goodfellow. Photo by Elsa Hahne.

The Mudlark has been a long-standing creative hub for the local New Orleans community.

From the giant puppets beyond the entryway to the cabaret style stage, the Mudlark gave a home to unusual collaborations and outlandish performances that couldn’t have taken place anywhere else.

A community of friends and artists involved with the Mudlark quickly launched a youcaring.com fundraising campaign in support of Pandora, who lost all of her personal belongings along with her home.

In under a week, the campaign has raised $7,278 of its $20,000 goal.

Additionally, the tragedy has sparked a series of fundraising concerts at venues across the city.

Last Sunday at the St. Roch, a small benefit took place with performances from Meschiya Lake, Brian Belknap, Dick Deluxe, and Mike Darby, among many others.

This Sunday, September 21, a fundraising benefit will take place at the Banks St. Bar at 4 p.m.

Artists will include Dick Deluxe, Patrick Cooper, Mike Dill, Lynn Drury, Andre Bouvier, and Mike Darby.

This event is free and open to the public, all donations will go to Pandora Gastelum and her recovery effort.

Click here to donate money

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: September 18 – September 24, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of September 18 – September 24, 2014 featuring: Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, Vince Vance Louisiana Legends, Panorama Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Antoine Diel and the New Orleans Power Misfits, and more!

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September 18September 19September 20September 21September 22September 23September 24

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

  • Armstrong Park: Jazz in the Park feat. Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, MLK Marching Band, Colin Lake (JV) 4p
  • d.b.a.: Jon Cleary (PI) 7p
  • Maison: Jon Roniger, Bon Bon Vivant (JV) 5p
  • Palm Court Jazz Café: Leroy Jones and Katja Toivola with Crescent City Joymakers (TJ) 8p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Chris Ardoin (ZY) 8:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Reggie Houston Reunion (JV) 8 & 10p

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

  • d.b.a.: Hot Club of New Orleans (JV) 6p, Norco Lapalco, the Unnaturals (RK) 10:30p
  • Frenchmen Theatre: Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 10p
  • Historic New Orleans Collection: Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers (JV) 6p
  • Kerry Irish Pub: Lynn Drury (FO) 9p
  • Maple Leaf: Roland Guerin Band (JV) 10:30p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Dax Riggs (RK) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Jacqui Sutton with Frontier Jazz Orchestra (JV) 8 & 10p

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

  • Civic Theatre: the Afghan Whigs, Joseph Arthur, King James and the Special Men (RK) 8p
  • Joy Theater: Dr. John and the Nite Trippers (RB) 9p
  • Old Point Bar: Christian Serpas and Ghost Town (RK) 9:30p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: the Iguanas (FK) 9:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Astral Project (JV) 8 & 10p

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers at Joy Theater

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

  • Chickie Wah Wah: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue (CW) 8p
  • Preservation Hall: Preservation Hall All-Stars feat. Wendell Brunious (TJ) 8p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Vince Vance Louisiana Legends (VR) 5p
  • Snug Harbor: John Fohl (JV) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Norbert Slama and John Rankin (JV) 5:30p

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

  • Bacchanal: Helen Gillet (JV) 7:30p
  • d.b.a.: Luke Winslow King (JV) 7p, Glen David Andrews (JV) 10p
  • Gasa Gasa: Panorama Jazz Band (JV) 10p
  • Siberia: Mahala (GY) 6p

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

  • Maple Leaf: Rebirth Brass Band (FK) 10:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Stanton Moore Trio (JV) 8 & 10p

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

  • d.b.a.: Tin Men (RK) 7p, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 10p
  • Spotted Cat: Antoine Diel and the New Orleans Power Misfits (JV) 10p
  • Three Muses: Sarah McCoy (JV) 7p

Exclusive Free Preview:
Save the Sunlight by Yugen

On Saturday, September 20, Yugen will be performing live at Gasa Gasa in celebration of their debut album, Save the Sunlight.

Yugen, Save the Sunlight, OffBeat MagazineThe band has also given OffBeat readers an exclusive first listen, so you can hear Save the Sunlight first right here before Saturday night’s show.

Yugen is composed of six formally trained jazz musicians delivering content that refuses to be confined by the boundaries of genre.

Within the deeply layered synths and vibrant drum patterns of the band’s original compositions can be found elements of various musical backgrounds.

This will be the first full length LP from the sextet. Although you should be more than satisfied with the content and production of the album, it falls short of capturing the energy and dynamic atmosphere of a live Yugen set.

Yojimbo, Sexual Thunder, Mulherin, and DJ Papi Wallah B are also on the list of artists down to make the Save the Sunlight release party a memorable experience.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 20, and tickets are available now for $10 through Ticket Web.

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Ticket Giveaway: Dr. John at the Joy Theater September 20

Dr. John, Joy Theater, Show Poster, OffBeat Magazine

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Dr. John at the Joy Theater on September 20.

The good doctor will perform in support of his new album Ske-Dat-De-Dat…Spirit of Satch, Dr. John’s tribute to the music of Louis Armstrong.

The album is almost overflowing with guest stars, from James “12” Andrews to Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Herlin Riley, and many more, and the concert at the Joy will boast at least 15 special guests as well.

To make things even sweeter, our tickets are in the “Gold Circle” orchestra area, so the lucky winner will have two of the best seats in the house.

Enter now for your chance to win!

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NOISEY Music Channel Focuses on New Orleans Metal Community

NOISEY, VICE’s music channel, has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming documentary series NOLA: Life, Death, & Heavy Blues from the Bayou.

NOLA: Life, Death, & Heavy Blues from the BayouThe series will air Tuesdays and Thursdays on NOISEY, beginning September 16.

From the crawfish littered tables of the secluded Anselmo compound to the swamps of New Orleans, the series gets an inside look at the culture that spawned the world-renowned Bayou sound.

The series follows the bands, drugs, deaths, and music that exemplify the New Orleans Metal community through in-depth conversations with key artists such as Phil Anselmo (Housecore Records, DOWN, ex-Pantera), Mike “IX” Williams (Eyehategod), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, DOWN, Superjoint Ritual), Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, ex-DOWN), Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity, DOWN), and Sammy Duet (Goatwhore, ex-Acid Bath).

Check out the trailer below.

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Euclid Records Celebrates Cassette Store Day 2014 Saturday, 9/27

On Saturday, September 27, Euclid Records will be acting as local ambassador for Cassette Store Day 2014, with live performances from Phil the Tremolo King, Blind Texas Marlin, and The Wasted Lives.

Cassette Store Day 2014Cassette Store Day was launched in 2013, and was based exclusively in the UK. They received such an overwhelming response, that the festivities are now an international affair.

The event is a spin off from the ever successful Record Store Day, which promotes the sale and production of the endangered medium of vinyl records.

Just as with vinyl, sales of cassette tapes have also dropped significantly, and all consumer support is needed.

In addition to live music, all performers will have cassette tapes available for sale.

The Cassette Store Day 2014 Lineup:

2 p.m. Phil the Tremolo King

3 p.m. Blind Texas Marlin

4 p.m. The Wasted Lives

Cassette Store Day is free to all, and will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at Euclid Records.

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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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