Friday night, we present the Best of the Beat at Generations Hall. In addition to handing out awards and recognizing this year’s honorees – Dave Bartholomew, Derrick Tabb and the Roots of Music, Treme and Baton Rouge’s Johnny Palazzotto – we’re hosting a night of Louisiana music with bands playing sets on two stages.
A number of the performers are up for Best of the Beat Awards including Meschiya Lake, Wasboard Rodeo, Creole String Beans, Lyrikill, Susan Cowsill, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – a nominee for Best Artist and Best Album, in addition to Best R&B/Funk Artist and Album – and the Stooges Brass Band. Chubby Carrier is not only up for Best Zydeco Album and Artist, but he’s nominated for a Grammy for Best Cajun/Zydeco Album as well for Zydeco Junkie.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with a full menu of food from local restaurants and caterers. Here’s the music lineup:
6:15 – Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
7:00 – Washboard Rodeo
9:30 – Davis Rogan
10:30 – Creole String Beans
11:30 – Lyrikill and the Soundclash All-Stars
6:45 – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
7:45 – Awards Presentation
9:00 – Deacon John’s Tribute to Dave Bartholomew
10:15 – Tribute to Alex Chilton with the Iguanas’ Rene Coman and Doug Garrison, Alex McMurray, Theresa Andersson, Susan Cowsill, Dave Pirner, the Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Louis Michot and Davis Rogan
11:30 – Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
12:15 – Stooges Brass Band
The night ends with a solid dose of funk with the indie hip-hop of the Soundclash All-Stars, the classic, heavy funk of Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and the street funk of this year’s Red Bull Street Kings competition, the Stooges Brass Band.
Regular and VIP tickets are on sale now at OffBeat.com.