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Photos: Preservation Hall Ball at the Civic, October 3, 2014

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage at the Civic Theater with some very special friends for the Preservation Hall Ball on Friday, October 3.

Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, Beats Antique, and many more performed at the event, which served as a fundraising benefit for the Preservation Hall Foundation.

Preservation Hall Ball, Civic Theater, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine

All photos by Elsa Hahne. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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House of Shock Celebrates its Final Year

After terrifying guests for over 20 years, the House of Shock will close its doors for good after Halloween this year. We will be as sad to see them leave as they will be to go.

House of ShockSince 1993, the House of Shock has consistently produced one of the most spine-chilling haunted houses that one can experience.

In fact, Haunted Attraction Magazine has voted them as the 2014 #1 Haunted House in the country.

That’s a lot to say knowing that many see New Orleans as the most haunted city in America.

The House of Shock is not only a haunted house, but a full Halloween Festival stocked with live entertainment, food, drinks, and more.

Every Friday and Saturday during the month of October there will be live performances included with the price of admission.

The House of Shock will be open until November 1, and tickets are on sale now.

Although the House of Shock will never be duplicated, anyone who was terrified by the innovative haunted house will never forget the thrills, scares, and fun that the House of Shock brought to us every year.

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New Orleans Suspects Throw Album Release Party on October 17

The New Orleans Suspects will be celebrating the release of their newest album Ouroboros at the Maple Leaf on October 17.

New Orleans Suspects, photo by Jerry Moran, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Photo by Jerry Moran

The band will be promoting their IndieGogo campaign to fund their next project at the show as well.

The Suspects, identified as the “oldest new band in town” by Brett Milano in the October issue of OffBeat, enjoyed success with their previous albums that featured their take on New Orleans standards, but they took the leap to an all-original song list for Ouroboros.

The shake up in songs has been good for the band:

“This is making me feel like I’m 20 again,” says Reggie Scanlan, for 33 years the bassist of the Radiators. “It’s challenging and it’s fun; I’m learning a lot of things that I didn’t know beforehand. At my age, when somebody presents you with an opportunity like that, it’s a godsend. My playing has improved dramatically in the last three years with these guys. We’re playing music that I’m unfamiliar with, and I’m loving that.”

“You want to hear ‘Big Chief,’ we can always play that,” Eckert says of the Earl King/Professor Longhair chestnut. “We know it, we’ve learned from the best, and we can play it right. Those kind of songs were coming up a lot when we first got into gig mode—we were touring, trying to get a repertoire and doing the New Orleans cover stuff. But this is our first attempt at showing what the band can really do.”

Tickets are available for $10 and may be purchased in advance here.

A ticket plus a copy of the new CD is available online only for $20.00.

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MACCNO Fundraiser Features Local Legends at Cafe Istanbul 10/13

On Monday, October 13, the Musician and Cultural Coalition of New Orleans (MACCNO) will be hosting a fundraiser at Cafe Istanbul.

Music and Cultural Coalition of New OrleansThe event’s lineup includes, Glen David Andrews, Cyril Neville, Stanton Moore, Charmaine Neville, Herlin Riley, Tremé Brass Band, James Singleton, John Boutte, Roland Guerin, Carl Leblanc, Red Morgan, and Detroit Brooks.

The fundraiser is to assist in increasing membership and support for the MACCNO.

A donation of $10 grants you access to the festivities as well as a membership with the organization.

Come out and support the MACCNO’s commitment, “To empower the New Orleans music and cultural community through collective self-representation advocating in the interests of cultural preservation, perpetuation, and positive economic impact.”

The fundraiser is set to begin at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 13.

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: October 9 – October 15, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of October 9 – October 15, 2014 featuring: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Meshell Ndegeocello, Little Freddie King, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Panorama Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Creole Stringbeans, and more!

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  • Armstrong Park: Jazz in the Park feat. Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, BateBunda, Daria and the Hip Drops (JV) 4p
  • Chickie Wah Wah: Voodoo Blues Krewe Presents (BL) 5p, Joe Sample Tribute feat. Charlie Dennard, Doug Belote and June Yamagishi (LT) 9p
  • d.b.a.: the Revelers (VR) 10p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners (ZY) 8:30p



  • Contemporary Arts Center: Meshell Ndegeocello (RB) 7:30p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces (VR) 10p
  • Mahalia Jackson Theater: New Orleans Opera Association presents Carmen (CL) 8p
  • One Eyed Jacks: Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers Record-release show (RK) 10p
  • Siberia: Psych Out DJs (VR) 6p, Bounce feat. Katey Red (BO) 9p
  • Snug Harbor: Jason Marsalis (JV) 8 & 10p

Meshell Ndegeocello at the Contemporary Arts Center

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  • d.b.a.: John Boutte (JV) 8p, Little Freddie King (BL) 11p
  • Gasa Gasa: Lost Bayou Ramblers record-release show (KJ) 9p
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: Don Vappie (JV) 8p
  • Maple Leaf: Ed Volker’s Unholy Griot (RK) 10:30p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Deacon John and the Ivories (RB) 9p
  • Snug Harbor: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Chickie Wah Wah: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue (CW) 8p
  • Mahalia Jackson Theater: New Orleans Opera Association presents Carmen (CL) 2:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Oh Sister from Spain (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Funky Pirate: Lynn Drury (BL) 8p
  • Gasa Gasa: Panorama Jazz Band (JV) 10p
  • Maison: Chicken and Waffles, Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses, Musicians’ Jam feat. Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawlers (JV) 5p



  • Maple Leaf: Rebirth Brass Band (FK) 10:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Brian Prunka-Olivier Bou Quartet (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Creole Stringbeans (SI) 8p
  • Sandbar at UNO: Jazz at the Sandbar feat. Jason Mingledorff (JV) 7p
  • Siberia: Rev. Spooky Lestrange and her Billion Dollar Baby Dolls (BQ) 6p, the Vibrators, Medically Separated (PK) 9p
  • Snug Harbor: Uptown Jazz Orchestra (JV) 8 & 10p
  • Three Muses: Leslie Martin (JV) 5p, Schatzy (JV) 7p

Exclusive Song Premiere: “Karate” by The Soul Rebels with Galactic

The Soul Rebels are releasing one new live recording each week during their fall tour, and OffBeat is starting the party off today with the world premiere of “Karate.”

The Soul Rebels Fall Tour 2014

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The Soul Rebels will release one new “Song of the Week” live track each Wednesday for the next 10 weeks while they are on tour,.

If this first song is any indication, you’re not going to want to miss a single song.

The fall tour will take the Rebels across the country and as far away as China and Australia.

Trombone Shorty will join the Soul Rebels for four shows in November and December, Joey Badass will join the Rebels for a show at the House of Blues in New Orleans on October 28, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will join the band at Frenchmen Theatre, and Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet will team up with the Rebels for a show at Tipitina’s.

Listen to “Karate” live by the Soul Rebels with Galactic here first, and check back for more free songs as the Rebels tour the world this fall.

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Ticket Giveaway: George Porter Jr. at the Howlin’ Wolf 10/11

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners at the Howlin’ Wolf on October 11.

The show starts at 9:30, with The Big Excuse as the opening act.

Tickets are $15, or you can enter here to win a pair for free!

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Video: McClure’s Barbecue in Ocean Springs Mississippi

OffBeat videographer JonGunnar Gylfason was on hand at the opening weekend of the new McClure’s Barbecue location in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and he brought back a mouthwateringly good video.

McClure s Barbecue in MissisippiThe soft opening of the new McClure’s in Ocean Springs coincided with the Galactic and Break Science show at nearby Kress Live, which Ryan Shapiro, who serves as a partner in both Fiyawerkx Productions and McClure’s, helped orchestrate on September 27.

In the video, which was sponsored by our friends at NOLA Brewing, McClure’s founder and pitmaster Neil McClure takes us through his meticulous barbecue process, as well as the various specialty sauces he developed for the restaurant.

Warning: Watching this Video Will Make You Want to Eat Barbecue for Lunch.

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Elysian Fields Forever: A John Lennon Birthday Tribute at Tipitina’s

On Thursday, Oct. 9, colorful local musician Davis Rogan will host a birthday tribute to John Lennon at Tipitina’s.

The show will feature a slew of hot New Orleans artists, including Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, Alex McMurray, Jonathan Pretus, and Rogan himself, to name but a few.

The idea for the Lennon tribute was conceived of this past June, when illness forced ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to reschedule a highly-anticipated concert that was to be held at the Smoothie King Center.

Elysian Fields Forever: A John Lennon Birthday Tribute

Not to be deterred, Rogan quickly organized a group of other high-profile ticket-holding musicians to play the concert themselves, aptly dubbing it “A Little Help From My Friends.

Rogan categorizes the show, which attracted about 250 people, as a huge success.

Rogan and fellow musicians, who he describes as “a disparate group of people who were all friends but didn’t necessarily work together all the time,” brought down the house at the conveniently-available Howlin’ Wolf music club with impassioned covers of material from Macca’s Beatles, Wings, and his solo career.

Rogan said that because “the energy was so great, and the energy from the crowd was so great, and the room was so full,” they had decided before the show was over that they were going to be doing another one.

Lennon’s birthday is October 9th, and McCartney had rescheduled his show for the 11th, so the timing seemed perfect.

The songs played at this week’s Lennon tribute will be a surprise. Rogan has said that “I Am the Walrus” and “A Day In the Life” were scratched from the docket for being too complex, but the group plans on covering a nice sampling ranging from early Lennon to later solo work.

The event, called “Elysian Fields Forever,” begins at 9 p.m. and costs $12. It falls on what would have been the rocker’s 74th birthday.

So, which Beatle will get the Davis Rogan tribute treatment next?

“I can only imagine now that we’re going to be talking about George too by the time we finish this one,” Rogan said. “We’ll have to see.”

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Exclusive Premiere: “Against Us” by Dee-1

We’ve got an exclusive premiere of “Against Us,” the new single by New Orleans rapper Dee-1.

Dee-1 opening for Raekwon at The Maison. Photo by Golden Richard, III.

Photo by Golden Richard, III.

“Against Us” will be available for download on iTunes next Tuesday, October 14, the same day Dee-1 will appear on The Cypher, the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards.

Dee-1, the politically inclined rapper born David Augustine who graced the cover of the March 2012 issue of OffBeat, doesn’t disappoint with his new single.

Kicking things off with the Biblical message “Forgive them, for they know not what they do,” Dee-1 dives into a myriad of social and political issues.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the lyric video for “Against Us” below, and be sure to catch Dee-1 on the BET Hip Hop Awards on October 14.

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