Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Clarence Johnson III

“I’m not necessarily just trying to play music, I’m using music to imitate life,” says the ever-soulful and spiritual saxophonist Clarence Johnson III. “Guys like Wayne Shorter, they’ll go in the backyard and listen to the hummingbirds because everything around you is music. That holistic philosophy and thought is not just how I play music, it’s how I live my life.” A native of New Orleans, Johnson, 43, hit this city’s modern jazz scene as a teenager impressing listeners with his already individualistic sound. Actually, by that time, Johnson had been blowing sax for quite a while, beginning on alto in grade school, adding tenor while performing in the marching, concert and stage bands at Bro

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Anders Osborne

When Anders Osborne started his Send Me a Friend foundation last year, he had a simple goal: He wanted musicians in recovery from substance addiction to continue working as musicians. Calling on his own experiences of returning to music clubs when he was newly sober, he began assembling a network where “friends” in different cities could look out for players who were returning to their old haunts or going back on the road. Continue reading-->

Best Of The Beat Awards 2017

‘Tis the season! OffBeat Music & Cultural Arts Foundation is today (December 12) announcing Big Chief Monk Boudreaux as the recipient of the Lifetime in Music Award at the Best of the Beat Awards 2017. Taking place Thursday, January 25 at Generations Hall, Best of the Beat Awards 2017 will celebrate the work of our beloved Monk, whose contributions to the preservation of New Orleans and Mardi Gras Indian culture earns him a place in the annals of history. Continue reading--> Nominees and voting-->

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