Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients. Photo by Brandt Vicknair

[Photos] Best of the Beat Music Business Awards Take Over Loyola

The 2018 Best of the Beat Business Awards were held at Roussel Hall on the campus of Loyola University in New Orleans on January, 24, 2019.

As per each year ahead of the Best of the Beat Music Awards, the OffBeat Foundation gathered music professionals from all fields to acknowledge the work of the many dedicated individuals and organizations involved in the functioning of New Orleans’ vibrant music scene. OffBeat, with the help of the Positive Vibrations Foundation, also delivered the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Recipients of the 2018 Music Business Awards were:

Best Club: Tipitina’s  


Best Radio Station: WWOZ  


Best Large Festival: Buku Music & Art Project  


Best Festival Outside of New Orleans: Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival


Best Neighborhood Festival: Treme Creole Gumbo Festival


Best Recording Studio: Marigny Studios


Record Label of the Year: Louisiana Red Hot Records


Producer of the Year: Ben Ellman  


Best Record Store: Louisiana Music Factory  


Best Instrument Store: Webb’s Bywater Music


Best Studio Sound Engineer: Mike Harvey, NOLA Recording Studio

Best Booking Agency: White Oak Productions


Best Manager: MidCitizen Enterainment


Best Music Attorney: Edgar “Dino” Gankendorff


Best Club Owner or Manager: Wesley Schmidt (Snug Harbor)


Best Concert Promoter: Winter Circle Productions


Musician Resource Award: The Sync Up Conference


Community Music Award: Send Me A Friend


Music Business of the Year: Live Nation




Lifetime Achievement in Business: Doris Bastiansen, Kerry Irish Pub

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: John Snyder, Loyola Music Business Studies

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award, Culture Bearer: Herreast Harrison

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award, Musician: Dr. Michael White

Lifetime Achievement in Music: Walter “Wolfman” Washington


All photos by Brandt Vicknair for OffBeat.