Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. Photo: Kim Welsh

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

Doors open at 6 p.m. tonight at Generations Hall for tonight’s Best of The Beat Music Awards. Tickets are available here.

OffBeat Music & Cultural Arts Foundation honors Big Chief Monk Boudreaux as the recipient of the Lifetime in Music Award at the Best of the Beat Awards 2017. The 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 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.”

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!) will include a special tribute performance to Big Chief Monk Boudreaux that is curated by Johnny Sansone, and will include Cyril Neville, Tom Worrell, Johnny Vidacovich, Bo Dollis, Jr. and more, plus these great bands.

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

The event also includes food from restaurant sponsors including Bao & Noodle, Breaux Mart, Briquette,Custom Catering, Dat Dog, The Gumbo Shop, Liberty’s Kitchen, Little Gem Saloon, Marjie’s Grill, Miss Linda, the Yakamein Lady, Nacho Mama’s, Praline Connection, Scandia House, Southern Candymakers, Tee Eva’s,Three Muses and Whole Foods. Come early to enjoy the food!

Thanks to sponsors Generations Hall, Positive Vibrations Foundation, White Oak Production, Guitar Center, The Orpheum Theater, that hosted the Lifetime Achivement Awards and Music Business Awards last Thursday eveningand our media sponsors WWL-TV, the New Orleans Advocate, WWNO, WWOZ, WYES and WHIV FM-102.3, who will be broadcasting this live and streaming this evening.