OFFICIAL BALLOT: 2018 OffBeat Best of the Beat Music Awards
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The Best of The Beat Music Awards are awarded to those musicians and bands that voters consider to have done their best work in the year of the awards (2018), as well as recordings.

 If a musician or band has been the winner of the Best of the Beat Award three years in a row in a specific category, they cannot be nominated the fourth year in that category. We hope that this new policy will give voters the opportunity to recognize other hard-working musicians with a Best of The Beat Award. 

Winners will be announced at the  Best of the Beat Awards Party and Show on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Generations Hall. The Best of the Beat Awards are sponsored by OffBeat Media and is presented by the OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, the Positive Vibrations Foundation, Lyft, Generations Hall, Loyola University Music Business Studies program, WHIV-FM, WWOZ 90.7, WWNO, WYES and WWOZ. Buy tickets here
Best of The Beat Awards 
are presented by the OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. OMCAF was developed to create opportunities that support Louisiana artists in leading sustainable creative lives. OMACAF merges education, advocacy, community engagement and creative collaboration to foster and uplift Louisiana music, arts and culture. Our sponsons include OffBeat Magazine and Media, Positive Vibrations Foundation, Lyft, Generations Hall, the Loyola Music Business Studies Program, WWNO, WYES, WWOZ, WHIV.
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Artist of the Year

Quiana Lynell
Samantha Fish
Tank and the Bangas
The Revivalists
Walter "Wolfman" Washington

Album of the Year 

Jamison Ross: All For One (Concord Jazz)
Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band: Melody Reimagined Book 1 (Basin Street Records)
Jon Cleary: Dyna-Mite (FHQ Records)
Paul Sanchez: One More Trip Around the Sun (Independent)
The Revivalists: Take Good Care (Loma Vista)
Walter "Wolfman" Washington: My Future is My Past (Anti)

Best Emerging Artist

Bon Bon Vivant
The Iceman Special
Julie Odell
Sabine McCalla
The Tumbling Wheels

Song of the Year

"All My Friends" by Dave Bassett and David Shaw (The Revivalists)
"Chapters" by J'Wan Boudreaux (Cha Wa)
"Dyna-Mite" by Jon Cleary
"I Love You" by Shamarr Allen
"One More Trip Around the Sun" by Paul Sanchez and John Rankin

Best Blues Artist

Eric Lindell
Johnny Sansone
Jonathon Long
Samantha Fish
Walter "Wolfman" Washington

Best Blues Album

Eric Johanson: Burn it Down (Whiskey Bayou Records)
Eric Lindell: Revolution in your Heart (Alligator Records)
Johnny Sansone: Hopeland (Shortstack)
Jonathon Long: Jonathon Long (Wild Heart)
Walter "Wolfman" Washington: My Future is My Past (Anti)

Best R&B/Funk Artist

Big Sam's Funky Nation
Cha Wa
Jon Cleary
PJ Morton
Water Seed

Best R&B/Funk Album

Big Sam's Funky Nation: Songs in the Key of Funk, Volume 1 (Independent)
Cha Wa: Spyboy (UPT)
Jon Cleary: Dyna-Mite (FHQ Records)
Shamarr Allen: True Orleans (P.O.M.E.)
Water Seed: Say Yeah! Live at the Blue Nile (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

Best Rock Artist 

Darcy Malone & the Tangle
The Revivalists
Sweet Crude

Best Rock Album

Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives: Home By The Sea (Independent)
Darcy Malone & the Tangle: Pure as Gold (Independent)
Future Cowboys: Going Kamikaze (Pantherburn)
The Radiators: Welcome to the Monkey House (Radz Records)
The Revivalists: Take Good Care (Loma Vista)

Best Rap/Hip-Hop/ Bounce Artist 

Alfred Banks
Chase N Cashe

Best Rap / Hip-Hop Album/Mixtape 

Chase N Cashe and Negus: We Never Close 2 (Independent)
Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs: Fetti (Jet Life Recordings)
LG: Jahvon (Creative Archive)
Nesby Phips: Therapy (Audacious Recordings)
Supreme Beings: Supreme Beings (Independent)

Best Traditional Jazz Artist

Dr. Michael White
Mark Braud
Mike Harvey's Hot Club
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tuba Skinny

Best Traditional Jazz Album

Dr. Michael White: Tricentennial Rag (Basin Street Records)
Mark Braud: Living the Tradition (Independent)
Mike Harvey's Hot Club: Mike Harvey's Hot Club (Independent)
Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band: A Woman's Place (Independent)
Tuba Sknny: Nigel's Dream (Independent)

Best Contemporary Jazz Artist 

Adonis Rose
Ashlin Parker
Gregory Agid
Jamison Ross
Jason Marsalis

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Gregory Agid Quartet: Jamz (Bubble Bath)
Jamison Ross: All for One (Concord Jazz)
Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band: Melody Reimagined book 1 (Basin Street Records)
Jon Batiste: Hollywood Africans (Verve)
Nolatet: No Revenge Necessary (Royal Potato Family)

Best Brass Band 

Da Truth Brass Band
Free Agents Brass Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
The Soul Rebels
Treme Brass Band

Best Cajun Artist

Bruce Daigrepont
Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys
Michot's Melody Makers
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Best Cajun Album 

Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces: Quelle Belle Journée (Independent)
Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs: Boue, Boucane, et Bouteilles (Valcour Records)
Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys: Man in the Mirror (Flat Town)
Michot's Melody Makers: Blood Moon (Sinking City Records)
Various Artists: Travailler, C'est Trop Dur: The Lyrical Legacy of Caesar Vincent (Swallow Records)

Best Zydeco Artist

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band
Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
Sean Ardoin

Best Zydeco Album  

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band: Black Pot (Swampadelic Records)
Horace Trahan: Until the End (Independent)
Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band: Return of the King (Soulwood Records)
Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames: This All I Know (Independent)
Sean Ardoin: Kreole Rock and Soul (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

Best Roots Rock Artist

Jamie Lynn Vessels
Paul Sanchez
Shawn Williams
Spencer Bohren
Yvette Landry & the Jukes

Best Roots Rock Album

Jamie Lynn Vessels: Storm Coming (Independent)
Paul Sanchez: One More Trip Around the Sun (Independent)
Shawn Williams: Motel Livin' (Independent)
Spencer Bohren: Makin' It Home to You (Valve Records)
Yvette Landry & the Jukes: Louisiana Lovin' (Soko Music)

Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Artist

Ever More Nest
Gal Holiday
Sarah Quintana
The Wanting
Zachary Richard

Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album

Ever More Nest: The Place That You Call Home (Parish Road Records)
Gal Holiday: Lost and Found (HTRP Music)
Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms: Farewell, Alligator Man (Valcour Records)
The Wanting: Dark Road (Planetary Magnetics)
Zachary Richard: Gombo (RZ Records)
Best Gospel Artist
Lyle Henderson
McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir
Pastor J'ai Reed
The Electrifying Crownseekers
Tyrone Foster
Best Cover Band
Bag Of Donuts
Bucktown All-Stars
Jamaican Me Breakfast Club
Top Cats
Where Y'acht

Songwriter of the Year

Dave Shaw
Dayna Kurtz
Jon Cleary
Paul Sanchez
Spencer Bohren

Best Female Vocalist

Erica Falls
Quiana Lynell
Robin Barnes
Samantha Fish
Susan Cowsill

Best Male Vocalist

Cyril Neville
David Shaw
Gregg Martinez
Jamison Ross
John Boutté

Best Bass Player

George Porter, Jr.
James Singleton
Jasen Weaver
Pat Casey
Roland Guerin

Best Guitarist

Alex McMurray
Anders Osborne
Jonathon Long
June Yamagishi
Samantha Fish

Best Drummer

Jamison Ross
Johnny Vidacovich
Russ Broussard
Shannon Powell
Stanton Moore

Best Saxophonist

Aurora Nealand
Derek Douget
Donald Harrison
James Martin
Khari Allen Lee

Best Clarinetist

Aurora Nealand
Dr. Michael White
Evan Christopher
Gregory Agid
Tim Laughlin

Best Trumpeter

Ashlin Parker
Eric Benny Bloom
Leroy Jones
Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown
Nicholas Payton

Best Trombonist

Corey Henry
Craig Klein
Delfeayo Marsalis
Mark Mullins
Troy Andrews

Best Tuba/Sousaphonist

Ben Jaffe
Benny Pete
John Cannon
Matt Perrine
Phil Frazier

Best Piano/Keyboardist

David Torkanowsky
Jon Cleary
Kyle Roussell
Oscar Rossignoli
Tom McDermott

Best Accordionist

Andre Michot
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes
Chubby Carrier
Sean Ardoin
Steve Riley

Best Violinist/Fiddler

Amanda Shaw
Joel Savoy
Kelli Jones-Savoy
Louis Michot
Matt Rhody

Best DJ

DJ RQ Away
DJ Soul Sister
Legatron Prime
Lil Jodeci
Raj Smoove

Best Other Instrumentalist

Helen Gillet (cello)
Jason Marsalis (vibes)
Johnny Sansone (harmonica)
Mike Dillon (vibes)
Washboard Chaz (washboard)

Best Music Video (to view the video, you must copy and paste the link in another browser window).

."All My Friends" The Revivalists, UMG (on behalf of Concord Loma Vista)
."Over You" LVVRS, Alexander Breaux, videographer
."Save Your Love For Me" Walter "Wolfman" Washington, directed by Sam Radutzky
."Chapters" Cha Wa, directed by Cameron Wheeless
."I Love You" Shamarr Allen, directed Damian Gordon
."Rent" Big Freedia, directed by Greenhouse Collective: Zac Manuel, Milo Daemgen and Chris Haney
The 2018 Best of The Beat Awards & Party is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd., from 6pm - midnight. 

Tickets for the event include music from seven performers (Nesby Phips, Cha Wa, Sean Ardoin, Water Seed, The Iceman Special, A Tribute to Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Gregg Martinez & The Delta Kings with Special Guest T.K. Hulin), food from 25+ local restaurants, the awards and lots of fun! To buy tickets, or for more information on who's playing, restaurants and all of our sponsors, 

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