Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. Photo: Kim Welsh

Best of the Beat Awards 2017 to Honor Monk Boudreaux; Lineup Announced

‘Tis the season! OffBeat Music & Cultural Arts Foundation is today (December 12) announcing Big Chief Monk Boudreaux as the recipient of the Lifetime in Music Award at the Best of the Beat Awards 2017. Taking place Thursday, January 25 at Generations Hall, Best of the Beat Awards 2017 will celebrate the work of our beloved Monk, whose contributions to the preservation of New Orleans and Mardi Gras Indian culture earns him a place in the annals of history.

Also a devoted mentor, the Big Chief of the Golden Eagles spoke with OffBeat.com in October, saying at the time “I’ve been a leader for quite a while, and I teach kids. To be a leader, you have to be strong and powerful because everybody won’t agree with you. You gotta know what being a leader is all about. Make sure whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it from your heart and you’re doing it right.”

As the music honoree of the evening’s event, Big Chief will be celebrated with a special tribute performance curated by Johnny Sansone with Anders Osborne, Tom Worrell, Johnny Vidacovich, Bo Dollis, Jr. and more.

Other Lifetime Achievement Awards in other categories will be awarded to the following people:

Mike Pellera, Music Education
Steve & Cezanne Nails (Dockside Studio), Music Business
Anders Osborne, Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician)
Clarence Johnson, III, Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer)

The full performance lineup for the Best of the Beat Awards 2017 (which includes recently Grammy-nominated artists!) is as follows:

Lost Bayou Ramblers
The Soul Rebels
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
Muevelo
Alfred Banks with Cool Nasty
Jamaican Me Breakfast Club

There will be two stages at the Best of the Beat Awards 2017, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are available here and range from $30 early bird (until December 15) and $85 reserved tables.