Tag Archives: Shamarr Allen

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 [...]

Jazz Fest 2013 Highlights:
Living in a 3-D Museum

People kept asking me this year if Jazz Fest has out lived its usefulness to New Orleans culture. OffBeat is even getting letters from longtime fest-goers claiming that the festival is dead and has little reason to include “Jazz” in its name at all. There’s a strange deja vu about the charge that Jazz Fest has [...]

Jazz Fest Recap, Thursday, May 2: Patti Smith, Roy Ayers & More

For a certain stripe of blues fan, the older, wilder and more obscure the performer the better. If you’re of that mindset, you probably saw Drink Small, the 80-year-old South Carolina bluesman who’s been playing various joints for the past half-century.  The opening of his set, where he delivered a borderline-risque rap and then a [...]

Rock n Hops for MusiCares Saturday, May 4 at NOLA Brewing

Don’t let your Jazz Fest fun settle once the Fairground lights dim this Saturday night! Head a little ways down Tchop to the NOLA Brewing brewery (3001 Tchoupitoulas St) for Rock ‘N’ Hops – an evening of New Orleans craft-brewed beer and Louisiana music benefiting MusiCares. There will be two stages featuring a rotating line-up [...]

Shamarr Allen Hits the Spot at Katie’s

Why did you choose to come to Katie’s today? I love the food, man, the food is great. You can get a home-cooked meal, or a po-boy.   They have a lot of specials, do you ever try them? When I don’t know what to eat, I’ll try one of the specials.   Is there [...]


  A rare performance of Nine Lives, the acclaimed musical and double CD, will take place in New Orleans between Jazz Fest weekends. The play features 39 original songs by Colman DeKay and Paul Sanchez and is based on Dan Baum’s best-selling book Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans, which tracks the lives [...]

Sonia Tetlow, Own Way Home (Threadhead Records)

Sonia Tetlow was the second of four female singer/bassists to join Cowboy Mouth in remarkably quick succession, and she’s now the second (after Mary Lasseigne) to make a solo album. And like Lasseigne’s album, it reveals a writing and singing depth barely hinted at during her time with the Mouth. The title track makes for [...]

Norbert Susemihl, Night on Frenchmen Street (Independent)

For decades, European musicians have followed a path similar to that taken by Germany-born Norbert Susemihl. They discover classic New Orleans jazz as teenagers, travel to the Crescent City in search of the “holy grail,” get absorbed by the scene and repeatedly make pilgrimages between this city and their homeland. (Actually, many of these artists [...]