Best of the Beat Awards to honor Dave Bartholomew, Alex Chilton

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The 17th annual Best of the Beat Awards takes over Generations Hall on Friday, Jan. 28 with what will, at times, feel like the entire New Orleans music community.

The massive awards show/party features music from a wide range of musicians. This year’s show includes two themed performances of note. Deacon John and his band will pay tribute to Dave Bartholomew, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame producer, songwriter and bandleader best known for his work with Fats Domino. Bartholomew will receive a lifetime achievement award on Friday.

Also, an all-star cast of musicians will showcase the music of the late Alex Chilton, the celebrated Box Tops and Big Star singer who lived in New Orleans from the early 1980s until his death from a heart attack in March 2010. Musicians scheduled to participate in the tribute include Theresa Andersson, Susan Cowsill, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, Alex McMurray, Davis Rogan, and the Iguanas’ Doug Garrison and Rene Coman, who served as Chilton’s rhythm section for many years.

Other performers at the Best of the Beat include Chubby Carrier, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, the Creole String Beans, the Stooges Brass Band, Lyrikill & the Soundclash Allstars and Washboard Rodeo.

The show is from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday.

The Best of the Beat Awards, sponsored by OffBeat magazine, honor local musicians across a wide range of categories, as voted on by the general public via the magazine’s web site. Nominees for Artist of the Year include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Anders Osborne, Feufollet, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Curren$y.

Additional honorees include Rebirth Brass Band snare drummer Derrick Tabb, whose Roots of Music after-school program will receive the Best of the Beat Award for Music Education; Johnny Palazzotto, founder of the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, will get the Best of the Beat Award for Music Business. HBO’s “Treme” will be honored with the magazine’s “Heartbeat Award for the show’s efforts to accurately depict New Orleans music.

Tickets are $29 in advance, $39 at the door; the price includes food catered by several local restaurants, while supplies last. Proceeds from sales of $100 VIP balcony passes benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Fund, a foundation of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. Tickets are available at OffBeat’s web site, along with a schedule of events.

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