Tag Archives: Shamarr Allen

Shamarr Allen Arrested After Confrontation with
Jazz in the Park Security

Longtime OffBeat contributor Geraldine Wyckoff was on hand in Armstrong Park when trumpeter Shamarr Allen had a confrontation with Jazz in the Park security staff. Allen was arrested and charged with battery against a peace officer after the scuffle, which Wyckoff said could have been easily avoided had cooler heads been allowed to prevail. “Common [...]

Nicholas Payton Sends a Message to Black America via Ferguson, Missouri

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton has some strong words for “Black America” in light of the recent police shooting of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Never one to mince words on his personal blog, Payton wastes no time diving into the heart of the matter, joining a chorus of other commentators across the country [...]

Video Interview: Shamarr Allen on his Encounter With State Troopers

Trumpeter Shamarr Allen had a terrifying encounter with Louisiana State Troopers on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and he sat down with us to tell his side of the story. Allen, who has been named a Cultural Ambassador by the State Department, volunteers to teach music to children out of his mother’s house in his native [...]

The Louis Armstrong Effect

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, but he didn’t stay in the city. This weekend is our annual Satchmo SummerFest, the festival that pays tribute to one of the musicians New Orleans claims as a “native son”: Louis Armstrong. Armstrong was born in a very poor section of New Orleans into relatively dire circumstances [...]

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 [...]

Shamarr Allen Hosting a Star Spangled Birthday Bash July 5

Who says your Independence Day celebrations have to end of July 4? New Orleans trumpeter Shamarr Allen is having a Star Spangled Birthday Bash at the Shamrock on July 5 at 10:00 p.m. Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, comprised of drummer Floyd Gray, percussionist and backing vocalist Herbert Stevens, Jason Butler on keyboard, Matt Clark [...]

BRASStravaganza Kicks off at the Howlin’ Wolf on June 13

Four out of five doctors agree that you’re probably not getting enough brass in your diet, but you can get your monthly dose at the first ever BRASStravaganza on Friday, June 13, at the Howlin’ Wolf. BRASStravaganza brings together the divergent styles and songs of seven brass bands in one powerhouse evening: the Grammy nominated [...]

Video Premier: Shamarr Allen’s “Kurt Cobain”

It’s been just over 20 years since Nirvana lead singer and grunge era icon Kurt Cobain took his life, and now New Orleans trumpeter Shamarr Allen has released a video called “Kurt Cobain” drawing on Cobain’s death to express his own dark feelings. In the song, Allen talks about following in Cobain’s footsteps during dark [...]

Photos: Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Erica Falls at Jazz in the Park

Last Thursday, R&B/jazz vocalist Erica Falls and the always fiery Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs played Armstrong Park’s weekly Jazz in the Park series. OffBeat photographer Kim Welsh caught the festivities and captured these cool shots from the show… Enjoy!     All photos courtesy of Kim Welsh. For more photos from the New Orleans [...]

Top 10 Essence Music Fest 2013 Must-See Shows

Like all of New Orleans’ great music festivals, Essence is what you make of it. More than a music event with big-name headliners, it’s a multi-tiered symposium that transforms the city over the course of a weekend. Essence Festival 2013 is billed as “the leading African-American destination for music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration”—and lofty [...]