The Best of the Beat Awards, honoring Louisiana musicians, were held on January 21 at Generations Hall. Nominees in over 50 categories attended, not only hoping to be recognized for their work in 2015, but to join in the celebration.
The evening included performances by Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters (who took home two awards, Best Blues Artist and Best Guitarist); the Young Fellaz Brass Band; ROAR!; Roddie Romero and the Hub City Allstars; A Tribute to Allen Toussaint featuring Tony Hall, Cyril Neville, Davell Crawford and David Torkanowsky; and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes paying homage to the Radiators; plus an after-party featuring Quickie Mart, Klutch and C-LaB.
The big winner of the evening was Jon Cleary, who captured four awards: Artist of the Year; Songwriter of the Year (named now for the late, great Allen Toussaint); Song of the Year, for “Boneyard”; and Best Piano/Keyboardist. Find out who the other winners of the night were here.
All photos by Kim Welsh and Jeffrey Dupuis. Click here to view the full gallery on Flickr.