Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series is proud to announce their finalized lineup of shows for 2009. This year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series spreads across the city presenting 33 shows with nearly 60 acts at 6 venues: Blue Nile and Blue Nile Upstairs; Tipitina's French Quarter; Republic NOLA; and this year introducing the newest addition of the 1000 capacity Studio at Colton Theater and the 300 capacity Red Ballroom at Colton.

The Backbeat Jazzfest Series partnered with the Louisiana Campaign For Tobacco Free Living to offer music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows. The Backbeat Jazz Fest Series will provide an opportunity for festival goers to personally and intimately experience the magic of our music while supporting a worthy cause that benefits the health of our musicians, and the music and culture of our city on the rise.

The newest venue to the series, The Studio At Colton Theater at 2300 St. Claude Avenue, is a post-Katrina grass-roots conversion project of an old public school. Through the sweat of the residents, classrooms have been renovated into artist studios space and there is public assembly space including a 1000 capacity theater with a large built-in stage. It has a large open space in front of the stage and some theatre style seating toward the back. The Prospect 1 International Art Biennial featured some events and exhibits there and it is where Krewe du Vieux held their Mardi Gras Ball this year. It is located on the burgeoning St. Claude arts corridor that has generated a good bit of development interest from the artistic and real estate communities. It is walking distance from famed Frenchmen Street and on a major bus line (and 1 block from the Hi-Ho Lounge).

The latest show additions include the Roots of Music All Star Benefit with Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Anders Osborne and more; The Iguanas, Seth Walker and OO7; Charmaine Neville; Topaz & Mudphonic; Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey; Shannon Powell plus Big Chief Monk Boudreaux album release party and many more.

These new shows join the already impressive roster for 2009 including such musical heavyweights as Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Booker T followed by Hill Country Revue at Republic NOLA on April 24th; Ghostland Observatory, also at Republic NOLA on April 30th; Cyril Neville with special guests Tab Benoit and Jumpin' Johnny Sansone with The Wild Magnolias featuring Big Chief Bo Dollis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux at Tipitina's French Quarter on April 30th; and Medeski Martin and Wood with DJ Logic at The Studio at Colton Theater on May 2nd.

The series will host additional performances by local standouts such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Big Sam's Funky Nation; and national acts such as Dave Matthews Band guitarist Tim Reynolds & TR3; New York City's Soulive; San Francisco's Steve Kimock Crazy Engine; Austin's (Grammy Award-Winning) Grupo Fantasma; and a rare performance by Bustle In Your Hedgerow featuring Marco Benevento, Joe Russo and more. The official series website is www.backbeatpresents.com Advance tickets available through Ticketweb.com and (866) 468-7619.

Backbeat Presents shows benefit The Backbeat Foundation, a Louisiana 501c3 non-profit corporation and are produced in conjunction with New York City-based independent concert promoters Creative Entertainment Group and New Orleans-based entertainment company Hypersoul, LLC.

The Backbeat Foundation’s mission is to foster support of New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage by providing assistance to local musical performers through both programming and resource assistance. The Foundation provides resources and support to musicians living and working in New Orleans to help ensure that the musical community and legacy of New Orleans has the opportunity to flourish again. It is the Foundation’s goal to help New Orleans musicians achieve financial stability as artists. For more information, please visit www.backbeatfoundation.org.

Backbeat Jazzfest Series 2009 Complete Lineup

Backbeat Jazzfest Series 2009 Complete Lineup:

Roots of Music All Star Benefit
feat. Roots of Music Crusaders, Free Agents Brass Band, Como Mamas

Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Anders Osborne, Terence Higgins & Many Special guests
Thursday 4/23 @ Studio at Colton Theater
7:30pm | 18 & Up | $25

Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Booker T

Followed by Hill Country Revue

Friday April 24th 10:00pm $25

Republic New Orleans

The Iguanas / Seth Walker / Followed by the Ska/Reggae of 007: Jeffrey "House Man" Clemens (G. Love & Special Sauce),

Alex McMurray, Joe Cabral (Iguanas), Jonathan Freilich (NO Klezmer Allstars)

Friday April 24th 10pm $20

The Studio At Colton Theater

Charmaine Neville / Yosvany Terry w/ Ye-De-Gbé

Friday Apr 24th 10:00 PM $10

Red Ballroom at Colton

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Grupo Fantasma, Brownout!, and Soul Rebels Brass Band

Saturday April 25th 10pm $20

The Studio At Colton Theater

Tab Benoit's Swampland Jam with special guests Cyril Neville, Waylon Thibodeaux and Jumpin Johnny Sansone
Saturday April 25th 10pm $20

Tipitina's French Quarter

Singer Songwriter Sessions: Kristin Diable, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Alex McMurray,

and Voices of the Big Easy feat. Chuck Perkins & more

Saturday April 25, 2009 10 PM $10

Red Ballroom at Colton

Tim Reynolds & TR3

w/ On The One

Sunday April 26th 9pm $20

Tipitina's French Quarter

Topaz & Mudphonic / Adrian Hibbs Project feat. Kevin O’Day / Dr. Gonzeaux

Wed April 29 10:00 PM $15

Blue Nile

I,Octopus and Silent Cinema

April 29, 2009 at 10:00 PM $5

Blue Nile Upstairs

Ghostland Observatory

w/ special guest tba

Thursday April 30th 10:00pm $25

Republic New Orleans

Bonerama /

The Midnite Disturbers featuring Kevin O’Day; Stanton Moore & Ben Ellman of Galactic;

Troy Andrews (Trombone Shorty); Big Sam; Mark Mullins (Bonerama)

Thursday April 30th 10:00pm $20

Studio at Colton Theater

In assoc. with Ropeadope

Cyril Neville (Album Release Party) w/ special guests

Tab Benoit and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone

Plus Kirk Joseph & The Wild Magnolias with Big Chief Bo Dollis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Thursday April 30th 10pm $20

Tipitina's French Quarter

Rotary Downs

w/ MyNameIsJohnMichael

Thursday April 30th 10pm $15

Blue Nile

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey & friends

Thursday April 30, 2009 10 pm $15

Blue Nile Upstairs

Soulive with the Shady Horns & Russell Gunn and special guest Nigel Hall

+ Benevento/Russo Duo and special guests tba
Friday May 1 10pm $25
Studio at Colton Theater

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine

featuring Melvin Seals

Friday May 1st – Early 10pm $25

Tipitina's French Quarter

Big Sam’s Funky Nation w/ Tarace Boulba

Friday May 1st – Early 10pm $20

Blue Nile

The Bridge w/ Brother Josephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra

Friday May 1st – Early 10pm $15

Blue Nile Upstairs

Shannon Powell & His Funky Friends / Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (Album Release Party)

May 1, 2009 10 PM $10

Red Ballroom at Colton

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Friday May 1st – Late 2am $20

Tipitina's French Quarter

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Friday May 1st – Late 2am $15

Blue Nile


May 1, 2009 2:00 AM $10

Blue Nile Upstairs

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Saturday May 2 – Early 10pm $20

Tipitina's French Quarter

Bustle In Your Hedgerow

Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Dave Driewitz (Ween), Scott Metzger (Rana)

Performing The Music of Led Zepplin

Saturday May 2 – Late 2am $20

Tipitina's French Quarter

Medeski Martin and Wood w/ DJ Logic

Saturday May 2nd 10pm $35

Studio at Colton Theater

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue w/ DJ Logic

Saturday May 2nd – Late Show 2am $20

Studio at Colton Theater

Paul Sanchez & His Rolling Road Show / The Jon Batiste Band

May 2, 2009 at 10 PM $10

Red Ballroom at Colton

Toubab Krewe

Saturday May 2nd – Early 10pm $20

Blue Nile

U-Melt w/ Orchard Lounge

Saturday May 2nd – Late 2am $15

Blue Nile

The Quartet Featuring Deitch, Daniels, Neville & Big Sam

Saturday May 2nd – Late 2:00am $18

Blue Nile Upstairs

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons

Saturday May 2nd 10pm $15

Blue Nile Upstairs

Ropeadope 10th Anniversary Party

Marco Benevento Trio / Bustle In Your Hedgerow

Live Music Downstairs – DJs Upstairs

Sunday May 3rd 10pm $20

Blue Nile

Website: www.backbeatpresents.com

Advance Tickets: Ticketweb.com and (866) 468-7619

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