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Photos: 2014 Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert

Some of the best musicians New Orleans has to offer got together on Saturday, July 19 for the 2014 Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert.

The night of music at the Mahalia Jackson Theater helped raise money for the St. Jude Community Center, which provides food and other services to the homeless population of New Orleans.

Paul Sanchez, Shamarr Allen, Allen Toussaint, John Boutte, Michael Cerveris, Erica Falls, and many others all performed.

Check out pictures from the star-studded night below.

John Boutte, Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert, Kim Welsh, OffBeat Magazine

All photos by Kim Welsh. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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Wynton Marsalis Talks About His New Orleans Show at the Saenger

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis performs at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on Sunday, July 27, 2014. The concert benefits Tipitina’s Foundation, and is presented in partnership with the soon-to-reopen Orpheum Theatre and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Wynton Marsalis vs. Miles Davis.

Wynton Marsalis

Marsalis is putting a special program together for the concert.

“We’ll be playing a lot of New Orleans music,” says Marsalis. “Some pieces from Duke’s New Orleans Suite, some pieces that Victor Goines has written; he’s a New Orleanian member of the band. We went to kindergarten together. We played together so many times and in so many concerts over the years. Our relationship with each other has always been based on our respect and love for the music. He wrote a great concerto for brass earlier this year and we’re going to play a piece of that. He has a powerful pen, man, he writes some incredible arrangements. We’ll probably conclude the concert with the last movement that is called ‘Down By the Bayou.’

“There are so many things to touch on in New Orleans music culture—some of Jelly Roll’s music. We’ll have some important touches of New Orleans in there definitely.”

Tickets range in price from $40 to $75. VIP tickets will also be available for $150, guaranteeing patrons premium orchestra seating and entrance to a pre-concert patron party at the theater including hors d’oeuvres, wine, and champagne. Tickets are available online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Lionel Ferbos Passes

Just two days after celebrating his 103rd birthday, veteran Lionel Ferbos, the city’s oldest practicing musician, passed away at his New Orleans home on Saturday July 19 of natural causes.

Lionel Ferbos

Mr. Ferbos attended his birthday party on Thursday, but reportedly was very ill at the party and appeared frail.

Ferbos played regularly at gigs all around New Orleans until recently, and played his last gig at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year.

He had a regular engagement at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe on Decatur Street.

Funeral arrangements are pending. OffBeat will pay tribute to Mr. Ferbos and his legacy in its August issue.


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Throwback Thursday: The Radiators on Late Night with Conan O’Brien

A little more than 20 years ago, the Radiators spent the night in a meat locker with Jamie Farr, Gilbert Gottfried, Andy Richter, and Conan O’Brien.

The Radiators, Cover, 1997, OffBeat Magazine

The Radiators on the cover of OffBeat in 1997.

While that may sound like the beginning of a cautionary tale from an episode of Behind the Music, it actually happened in 1994 after the godfathers of New Orleans rock performed their hit “Smokin’ Hole” on the then baby-faced O’Brien’s talk show.

To end the show in a way only he could, O’Brien had flowers handed out to that night’s “cast” of guests, which included the Rads, Farr, Gottfried, and an actor introduced as “Scott Berkley,” who had played the part of Andy Richter, as each cast member exited a meat locker set.

Yes, they were standing in a meat locker with Klinger from MASH and the voice of the Aflac duck.

No, there doesn’t seem to be a reason for that.

Check out the video of the performance and memorable exit below. The meat locker part starts four minutes in.

Happy Birthday Lionel Ferbos! The Trumpet Player Turns 103!

Redefining the term “elder statesman,” trumpeter Lionel Ferbos turns 103 years old today. Ferbos was born on July 17, 1911.

Lionel Ferbos, Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Stephen Maloney

His performing career lasted until after his 102 birthday, when he stopped playing his regular gig at the Palm Court Jazz Café on Decatur Street.

Ferbos began playing trumpet in 1926 at the age of 15, and he was playing lead trumpet in a band called the Louisiana Shakers by 21.

Ever open to encouraging new talent, generations of New Orleans jazz musicians have looked to Ferbos for inspiration.

Today he stands as inspiration to us all as he reflects on 103 years of living the life that he chose set to the music he helped shape.

Happy Birthday Lionel Ferbos!

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Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies at 70

The blues world has lost a giant with the announcement of Texas bluesman Johnny Winter’s death at the age of 70.

Johnny Winter, Jazz Fest 2014, Willow Haley, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by Willow Haley

Winter performed at Jazz Fest 2014, filling the blues tent with his signature sound. Known for his trademark white hair and lightning fast guitar licks, Winter leaves behind a wealth of live, studio, and bootleg recordings.

Often paired with his brother Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter’s career stretched from his early days playing with his idol Muddy Waters to performing at Woodstock in 1969 to being named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

In honor of Winter’s life, music, and accomplishments, we have created a playlist to capture just a sample of his extensive legacy.

Rest in peace, Johnny Winter.

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: July 17 – July 23, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of July 17 – July 23, 2014 featuring: the Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich, Jonathon Boogie Long, Sweet Crude, Shotgun Jazz Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jimmy Robinson, Uptown Jazz Orchestra  and more!

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  • Carousel Bar: Antoine Diel Jazz Quartet (JV) 5p, Chance Bushman and Smoking Time 5 (JV) 8:30p
  • Maison: Jon Roniger, Dapper Dandies, Big Easy Brawlers (TJ) 5p
  • Maple Leaf: the Trio feat. Johnny Vidacovich and guests (FK) 10:30p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Chris Ardoin (ZY) 8:30p
  • Tipitina’s: Stones Fest: A night to Celebrate the music of the Rolling Stones (VR) 10:30p



  • Bacchanal: Raphael Bas and Norbert Slama (JV) 5p
  • d.b.a.: Hot Club of New Orleans (JV) 6p, George Porter Jr. and his Runnin’ Pardners (FK) 10p
  • Dragon’s Den: Ben E. Hunter (VR) 8p, Buena Vista Social Latin Dance Night (LT) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: New Orleans Suspects featuring War Chief Juan Pardo (VR) 10:30p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Maggie Koerner, the Honorable South, Painted Hands (VR) 10p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Jonathon Boogie Long, MJ and the Redeemers (VR) 9:30p



  • d.b.a.: Little Freddie King (BL) 11p
  • Louisiana Music Factory: Antoine Diel (JV) 2p, Christian Serpas and Ghost Town (RK) 3p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Sweet Crude (KJ) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Astral Project (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Hot Club of New Orleans (JV) 6p, the Tanglers (BU) 9p



  • Gasa Gasa: Gasa Gasa One-Year Anniversary and Sampler-release party (RK) 7p
  • Maple Leaf: Joe Krown Trio feat. Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington (FK) 10p
  • Snug Harbor: Joshua Paxton (MJ) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Raphael Bas and Norbert Slama (JV) 5p, Shotgun Jazz Band (JV) 8p

Shotgun Jazz Band at Three Muses

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  • Mahalia Jackson Theater: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (RK) 8p
  • Maple Leaf: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (FK) 9p



  • d.b.a.: Treme Brass Band (BB) 9p
  • Dragon’s Den: Punk Rock Night (PK) 10p
  • Maple Leaf: Rebirth Brass Band (FK) 10:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Jimmy Robinson (MJ) 8 & 10p



  • Maple Leaf: Tank and the Bangas (SO) 9:30p
  • Siberia: R. Scully’s Rough 7, Catalogue, Herringbone Orchestra (VR) 6p, Yonotan Gat (PK) 9p
  • Snug Harbor: Uptown Jazz Orchestra (MJ) 8 & 10p

New Movement Megaphone Marathons Hit New Orleans July 21-27

Prepare for a week of great entertainment as Austin-born comedy group The New Movement brings its fifth annual Megaphone Marathons to the New Movement NOLA performance space on Burgundy Street from Monday, July 21, to Sunday, July 27.


Chris Trew at the New Movement Theater.

The New Movement started in February 2009 in Austin as a full-time comedy conservatory. With the aim of refreshing the Austin improvisation scene, it has organized hundreds of classes, attracting and boosting both beginners and veteran performers in Austin as well as throughout America.

The Megaphone Marathons were founded in 2010 by native New Orleanian Chris Trew and his beard. Founder of both sketch comedy group Studio8 and the Terp2it rap group, Trew is set to once more handle these unique marathons with the ease, beard, and sense of fun he’s famous for.

For more information, visit the Megaphone Marathons website.

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Comedian Dave Hill at One Eyed Jacks July 23

Comedian and musician Dave Hill will be performing One Eyed Jacks on Wednesday, July 23. Doors will open at 8 p.m. for a great night of humour that will also include Fayard Lindsey.

Dave Hill, One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans

Photo by: Michele Crowe

Originally from Cleveland, Dave Hill is a multi-faceted artist known for his talents as a writer, musician and actor. Having appeared regularly on HBO, VH1, Comedy Central, BBC-America, and toured throughout the US and Europe, Dave’s shows are always surprising and enchanting in their uniqueness and slight craziness.

Hill was named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2007 and he landed on the Huffington Post’s “50 Funny People You Should Be Following On Twitter” list.

His own radio show, “The Goddamn Dave Hill Show,” airs every tuesday night on WFMU, and he is a frequent contributor to NPR’s This American Life.

Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased through the One Eyed Jacks website.

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25th New Orleans International Piano Competition Returns July 20-27

The New Orleans International Piano Competition will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall with a week of programs from Sunday, July 20, to Sunday, July 27.New Orleans International Piano Competition

Once again, the competition will provide many opportunities to discover the world’s finest piano talents, with 152 pianists coming over from 26 different countries.

Following an opening recital by Bulgarian pianist Viktor Valkov, winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, competition rounds and recitals will be held during the entire week.

This summer’s competition will also include the 33rd annual New Orleans Keyboard Festival and the 15th annual New Orleans Piano Institute. Offering a week of master classes, recitals and lectures, they both contribute to the quality of the event by bringing one educational component to it.

Local or visiting piano students participating will have the chance to take private piano lessons with members of distinguished faculties.

All events are hosted by the New Orleans Musical Arts Society, which provides opportunities for both students and music professionals to perform and develop their talent.

All master classes and workshops part of the Keyboard Festival and the Piano Institute will be free and open to the public. Tickets for the International Piano Competition rounds and recitals are between $15 and $30, with discounts available for students and seniors.

Further information and a full program of the week can be found on the Musical Arts Society website.

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