Cast your votes for OffBeat’s 2018 Best of the Beat Awards!

The OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation’s Best of the Beat Nominations are in.

We solicited nominations from musicians and others in the music community. We then gave the results to our writers and editors and with input from both, determined the nominations in each category.

The public already started voting on the resulting ballot. Voting ends on January 15, so if you haven’t voted, you need to before voting closes. Click here to vote.

Winners will be announced at the Best of the Beat, which returns to Generations Hall on Thursday, January 31.

Many of the city’s fine restaurants will be serving food that night at Generations Hall; last year, more than 20 restaurants served our guests, and we expect a similar number this year.

The 2018 Best of The Beat Awards and Party will feature performances by Grammy-nominated Cha Wa and Sean Ardoin as well as Water Seed, Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings with special guest T.K. Hulin, Nesby Phips, Iceman Special and a tribute to Walter “Wolfman” Washington.

Sponsors for this year’s Best of the Beat Awards include OffBeat Media, Positive Vibrations Foundation, Lyft, Generations Hall, WWNO, WYES and WHIV.

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Artist of the Year

Quiana Lynell

Samantha Fish

Tank & the Bangas

The Revivalists

Walter “Wolfman” Washington


Album of the Year

Jamison Ross: All for One

(Concord Jazz)

Jason Marsalis and the
21st Century Trad Band: Melody 
Reimagined book 1 (Basin Street

Jon Cleary: Dyna-Mite
(FHQ Records)

Paul Sanchez: One More Trip 
Around the Sun (Independent)

The Revivalists: Take Good Care
(Loma Vista)

Walter “Wolfman” Washington:
My Future is My Past (Anti)


Best Emerging Artist

Bon Bon Vivant

Iceman Special

Julie Odell


Sabine McCalla

The Tumbling Wheels


Song of the Year

“All My Friends” by Dave Bassett
and David Shaw

“Chapters” by J’Wan Boudreaux

“Dyna-Mite” by Jon Cleary

“I Love You” by Shamarr Allen

“One More Trip Around the Sun”
by Paul Sanchez and John Rankin


Best Blues Performer

Eric Lindell

Johnny Sansone

Jonathon Long

Samantha Fish

Walter “Wolfman” Washington


Best Blues Album

Eric Johanson: Burn it Down
(Whiskey Bayou Records)

Eric Lindell: Revolution in your 
Heart (Alligator Records)

Johnny Sansone: Hopeland

Jonathon Long: Jonathon Long
(Wild Heart)

Walter “Wolfman” Washington:
My Future is My Past (Anti)


Best R&B/Funk Artist

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Cha Wa

Jon Cleary

PJ Morton

Water Seed


Best R&B/Funk Album

Big Sam’s Funky Nation:
Songs in the Key of Funk,

Volume 1 (Independent)

Cha Wa: Spyboy (UPT)

Jon Cleary: Dyna-Mite
(FHQ Records)

Shamarrr Allen: True Orleans

Water Seed: Say Yeah! Live at 
the Blue Nile (Louisiana Red Hot


Best Rock Artist

Darcy Malone & the Tangle




Sweet Crude


Best Rock Album

Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives:
Home By The Sea (Independent)

Darcy Malone & the Tangle: Pure as

Gold (Independent)

Future Cowboys: Going Kamikaze


The Radiators: Welcome to the

Monkey House (Radz Records)

The Revivalists: Take Good Care

(Loma Vista)


Best Rap / Hip-Hop / Bounce Artist

Alfred Banks

Chase N Cashe





Best Rap / Hip-Hop / Bounce Artist Album

Chase N Cashe and Negus: We Never Close 2 (Independent)

Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs: Fetti (Jet

Life Recordings)

LG: Jahvon (Creative Archive)

Nesby Phips: Therapy (Audacious


Supreme Beings: Supreme Beings



Best Traditional Jazz Artist

Dr. Michael White

Mark Braud

Mike Harvey’s Hot Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Tuba Skinny


Best Traditional 
Jazz Album

Dr. Michael White: Tricentennial

Rag (Basin Street Records)

Mark Braud: Living the Tradition


Mike Harvey’s Hot Club: Mike

Harvey’s Hot Club (Independent)

Shake ’Em Up Jazz Band: A

Woman’s Place (Independent)

Tuba Sknny: Nigel’s Dream



Best Contemporary 
Jazz Artist

Adonis Rose

Ashlin Parker

Gregory Agid

Jamison Ross

Jason Marsalis


Best Contemporary 
Jazz Album

Gregory Agid Quartet: Jamz

(Bubble Bath)

Jamison Ross: All for One

(Concord Jazz)

Jason Marsalis and the 21st

Century Trad Band: Melody

Reimagined book 1 (Basin Street


Jon Batiste: Hollywood Africans


Nolatet: No Revenge Necessary

(Royal Potato Family)


Best Brass Band

Da Truth Brass Band

Free Agents Brass Band

Hot 8 Brass Band

The Soul Rebels

Treme Brass Band


Best Cajun Artist

Bruce Daigrepont


Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys

Michot’s Melody Makers

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys


Best Cajun Album

Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned

Aces: Quelle Belle Journée


Jourdan Thibodeaux et les

Rôdailleurs: Boue, Boucane, et

Bouteilles (Valcour Records)

Kevin Naquin and the Ossun

Playboys: Man in the Mirror

(Flat Town)

Michot’s Melody Makers: Blood

Moon (Sinking City Records)

Various Artists: Travailler, C’est Trop

Dur: The Lyrical Legacy of Caesar

Vincent (Swallow Records)


Best Zydeco Artist

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco


Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas

Sean Ardoin


Best Zydeco Album

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou

Swamp Band: Black Pot

(Swampadelic Records)

Horace Trahan: Until the End


Keith Frank & The Soileau

Zydeco Band: Return of the King

(Soulwood Records)

Leon Chavis and the Zydeco

Flames: This All I Know


Sean Ardoin: Kreole Rock and Soul (Louisiana Red Hot Records)


Best Roots Rock Artist

Jamie Lynn Vessels

Paul Sanchez

Shawn Williams

Spencer Bohren

Yvette Landry & the Jukes


Best Roots Rock Album

Jamie Lynn Vessels: Storm Coming


Paul Sanchez: One More Trip

Around the Sun (Independent)

Shawn Williams: Motel Livin’


Spencer Bohren: Makin’ It Home to

You (Valve Records)

Yvette Landry & the Jukes:

Louisiana Lovin’ (Soko Music)


Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Artist

Ever More Nest

Gal Holiday

Sarah Quintana

The Wanting

Zachary Richard


Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album

Ever More Nest: The Place That You

Call Home (Parish Road Records)

Gal Holiday: Lost and Found

(HTRP Music)

Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb

Klauder and Reeb Willms:

Farewell, Alligator Man

(Valcour Records)

The Wanting: Dark Road

(Planetary Magnetics)

Zachary Richard: Gombo

(RZ Records)


Best Gospel Group

Lyle Henderson

McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir

Pastor J’ai Reed

The Electrifying Crownseekers

Tyrone Foster


Best Cover Band

Bag Of Donuts

Bucktown All-Stars

Jamaican Me Breakfast Club

Top Cats

Where Y’acht


Songwriter of the Year

Dave Shaw

Dayna Kurtz

Jon Cleary

Paul Sanchez

Spencer Bohren


Best Female Vocalist

Erica Falls

Quiana Lynell

Robin Barnes

Samantha Fish

Susan Cowsill


Best Male Vocalist

Cyril Neville

David Shaw

Gregg Martinez

Jamison Ross

John Boutte


Best Bass Player

George Porter, Jr.

James Singleton

Jasen Weaver

Pat Casey

Roland Guerin


Best Guitarist

Alex McMurray

Anders Osborne

Jonathon Long

June Yamagishi

Samantha Fish


Best Drummer

Jamison Ross

Johnny Vidacovich

Russ Broussard

Shannon Powell

Stanton Moore


Best Saxophonist

Aurora Nealand

Derek Douget

Donald Harrison

James Martin

Khari Allen Lee


Best Clarinetist

Aurora Nealand

Dr. Michael White

Evan Christopher

Gregory Agid

Tim Laughlin


Best Trumpter

Ashlin Parker

Eric Benny Bloom

Leroy Jones

Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown

Nicholas Payton


Best Trombonist

Corey Henry

Craig Klein

Delfeayo Marsalis

Mark Mullins

Troy Andrews


Best Tuba/Sousaphonist

Ben Jaffe

Benny Pete

John Cannon

Matt Perrine

Phil Frazier


Best Piano / Keyboardist

David Torkanowsky

Jon Cleary

Kyle Roussell

Oscar Rossignoli

Tom McDermott


Best Accordionist

Andre Michot

Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

Chubby Carrier

Sean Ardoin

Steve Riley


Best Violin / Fiddle Player

Amanda Shaw

Joel Savoy

Kelli Jones-Savoy

Louis Michot

Matt Rhody


Best DJ

DJ RQ Away

DJ Soul Sister

Legatron Prime

Lil Jodeci

Raj Smoove


Best Other Instrument

Helen Gillet (cello)

Jason Marsalis (vibes)

Johnny Sansone (harmonica)

Mike Dillon (vibes)

Washboard Chaz (washboard)


Best Music Video

“All My Friends” The Revivalists,

UMG (on behalf of Concord

Loma Vista)



“Over You” LVVRS, Alexander

Breaux, videographer



“Save Your Love For Me” Walter

“Wolfman” Washington,

directed by Sam Radutzky



“Chapters” Cha Wa, directed by

Cameron Wheeless



“I Love You” Shamarr Allen,

directed Damian Gordon



“Rent” Big Freedia, directed

by Greenhouse Collective: Zac

Manuel, Milo Daemgen and

Chris Haney