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Event: 'Backbeat Jazzfest Concert Series'

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Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 At 10:00 PM
Duration: 1 Day

3rd Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Concert Series Announces Initial Line-Up

New Orleans, LA - The 3rd Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Concert Series has announced their lineup including “The Royal Family Ball” with Soulive, Lettuce and special guests at Republic (the old Howlin’ Wolf) on May 1; “The Trombone Blowout” with Big Sam’s Funky Nation & Bonerama, also on May 1 at Tipitina’s French Quarter; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the Blue Nile on May 2; Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Tipitina’s French Quarter on May 3 and 10 more shows. The full announced line-up is below. Fore more tickets & information go to

The Backbeat Jazzfest Concert Series is co-produced by New York City-based independent concert promoters Creative Entertainment Group and New Orleans-based Hypersoul. A portion of the series proceeds will support The Backbeat Foundation, which supports various programs and causes relating to the music and culture of New Orleans.

CEG exclusively books NYC’s newest live music venue, Sullivan Hall, which has already played host to some of New Orleans’ biggest stand-out acts including Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Trombone Shorty, Bonerama, Eric Lindell, Hot 8 Brass Band, and more. Hypersoul created the Backbeat Jazzfest Concert Series; manages several acts; and creates unique programming throughout the year in New Orleans. The partnership of Hypersoul and CEG developed with Hypersoul’s management client Big Sam’s Funky Nation, which they’ve turned into a headlining sell-out artist in New York City in less than 2 years of performing in the market.

The Backbeat Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Louisiana non-profit corporation whose mission is to foster support of the rich New Orleans 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 musicians. For more information, please visit

When: Sat. April 26, 30 and Sat. May 1-4, 2008

Where: Tipitina’s French Quarter
233 North Peters St
New Orleans, LA

828 South Peters St.
New Orleans, LA

Blue Nile
532 Frenchmen St. .
New Orleans, LA

Ages: All events are 18+ to enter and 21 to drink

Tickets: Tickets are available through or (866) 468-7619
Tipitina’s French Quarter:

Sat. Apr. 26 Big Sam’s Funky Nation/ Benjy Davis Project
$15 adv.,$20 dos Between solos and trombone riffs, Big Sam, formerly of Dirty Dozen Brass Band, second lines and gets the crowd going both in movement and in replies to his call/response style of MC. This talented jazz-trained group of musicians deemed Funky Nation, are known for their exuberant dancing and playing

Thurs. May 1 Big Sam’s Funky Nation/ Bonerama “Trombone Blowout”
$20/10pm When Bonerama struts onstage with its four-trombone frontline, you can guess it’s not quite like any rock ’n’ roll band you’ve seen. When they tear into some vintage New Orleans funk, there’s no questioning from which city these guys hail. And when those ‘bones start ripping into Hendrix and Led Zeppelin licks, all stylistic bets are off.

Fri. May 2 Lettuce featuring Eric Krasno + Neal Evans of Soulive & more
$20/10pm with special guests tba
Lettuce, the seven-person all-star collective originally formed in 1992, is the funk jazz forefront with, a hyper-charged outing of tunes that are equal parts artsy and party.

Sat. May 3 Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guests tba
$25/10pm The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has been embracing an innovative blend of traditional New Orleans sounds and modern jazz sensibilities. The ensemble has recorded with artists from Dizzy Gillespie to Elvis Costello and reinterpreted the hymns and parade songs of the Crescent City second-line bands.

"The Royal Family Ball"
Thurs. May 1 Soulive & Lettuce with special guests tba
$25/10pm Since forming Soulive in 1999, guitarist Eric Krasno, organist Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans have developed a reputation as one of the most sought after instrumental soul-funk trios around, a hard-touring live act that's thrown down everywhere from small rock clubs to opening arena shows for the Rolling Stones.

Blue Nile:

Wed. Apr. 30 Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey + The Quartet
$10/10:30pm (Ian Neville, Big Sam Williams, Adam Deitch and Nick Daniels)

Thurs. May 1 Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes with special guests tba
$10/10:30pm A funky rock band from New Orleans who are classically trained and schooled (downstairs) in making the house ROCK! Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes have been known to boldly impress their audiences with more than music, which sometimes involves the removal of clothes, bizarre costumes and the coercion of certain audience members to partake in odd antics.

Thurs. May 1 Theresa Andersson with special guests tba
$10/10:30pm Violinist and singer/songwriter Theresa Andersson, who was born and raised on (upstairs) the Swedish island of Gotland, emigrated to the U.S. in 1990 at age 18 with her then-companion, guitarist Anders Osborne, and the couple settled in New Orleans, where Andersson first appeared on records by Osborne and by Merritt Doggins & the Bloodhounds.

Fri. May 2 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
$20/10pm Orleans Avenue is Troy “Trombone Short” Andrews’ funk/pop/hip-hop mix (downstairs) populated project with musicians like Andrews who are young in age only. Things reach a fever pitch as Andrews starts his circular breathing-one note sustained in pristine beauty while the band vamps on a second line beat and sax player James Martin dances so ugly it's funky. Virtuosity and exuberance, Orleans Avenue effortlessly combines both.

Late Night
Fri. May 2 Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Dynamites featuring Charlie Walker
$15/1:30am The Dynamites are 10 pieces of straight-up, badass deep funk and super soul
(downstairs) and the funkiest band of players imaginable with a front man who has the voice and experience to blow the roof off. Charles "Wigg" Walker is a veteran soul man

Sat. May 3 An Evening with Toubab Krewe
$15/10pm Toubab Krewe developed their unique sound of rock n’ roll
(downstairs) meets afro beat over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries such as Lamine Soumano and Koungbanan Conde.

Sat. May 3 U-Melt and DJ Logic
$15/11:55 From the moment the New York City based quartet hits the stage, they grab the (upstairs) crowd with undeniably funky and infectious grooves that hit new levels when Rob Salzer’s mind-bending guitar work and Zac Lasher’s hypnotic, entrancing keyboards are given room to roam.

Late Night
Sat. May 3 Soul Rebels Brass Band
$15/1:30am This shrewd crew of college trained multi-instrumentalists blend the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock and reggae so seemingly it defies category. Soul Rebel is a seven piece ensemble that adds a hip hop sensibility with the New Orleans jazz tradition.

Sun. May 4 Hyena Showcase feat. Marco Benevento Trio with Mike Dillon's Go Go $20/8pm Jungle John Ellis' Doublewide / Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
and surprise special guests and label mates.