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4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series @ The Studio at Colton Theatre!

Located in the heart of the historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood The Studio at Colton, a program of the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, is a brilliant new arts venue providing both studio and exhibition space to nearly 100 New Orleans artists of all disciplines and cultural organizations. As part of the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series the Backbeat Foundation will present a series of concerts at The Studio at Colton Theater and The Studio at Colton Red Ballroom for music lovers craving late night entertainment after a day filled with musical celebration in the magnificent converted arts studio complex. The impressive roster of talents includes such musical heavyweights as Medeski, Martin and Wood, Grupo Fantasma, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Soulive, Charmaine Neville, the Benevento/Russo Duo and many more.

By bringing the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series to The Studio at Colton the Backbeat Foundation aims to support and promote the general art community of New Orleans while also providing audiences and musicians access to a new music and art venue.

Don't miss the incredible line-up of the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series at The Studio at Colton!

And don't forget, this year, the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook pages. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Jazz Fest Series 2009 group page.

For information about The Studio at Colton please visit www.studioatcolton.org.

 
The Studio at Colton Theater
 
4/ 23    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 & More 

4/24     The Iguanas, Seth Walker and 007
 
4/25     Grupo Fantasma, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Brownout! & Soul Rebels Brass Band
 
4/30     Bonerama and Midnite Disturbers --Stanton Moore, Kevin O'Day, Ben Ellman,Troy Andrews, Big Sam and Mark Mullins
 
5/1       Soulive with the Shady Horns & Special Guest Nigel Hall and the Benevento/Russo Duo
 
5/2       Medeski, Martin & Wood with DJ Logic
 
5/2 -     Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with DJ Logic  - Late Show (technically Sunday morning at 2am)
 

 
The Studio at Colton Red Ballroom
 
4/24     Young Fellas Brass Band, Charmaine Neville and Yosvany Terry with Ye-De-Gbé
 
4/25     Singer Songwriter Sessions: Kristin Diable, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Alex McMurray, and Chuck Perkins; Voices of the Big Easy & More
 
5/1       Morikeba Kouate, Shannon Powell & His Funky Friends & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux Record Release Party 
 
5/2       Paul Sanchez & His Rolling Road Show and The Jon Batiste Band

Soulive w Shady Horns + Benevento/Russo Duo @ Studio at Colton

duoSince 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. The musical relationships that Soulive has developed, from Chaka Khan, to Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Joshua Redman, and so many others, speak volumes about how versatile these talented musicians are. Jazz, hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, R & B, Blues - musically, there is not much Soulive hasn't done. Joining the funk powerhouse for a very special performance will be the raging horn section of Lettuce, The Shady Horns, and emerging soul vocalist Nigel Hall.

Following the funky beats of Soulive will be a performance by the essentials of the jam band scene, the Benevento/Russo Duo. The Benevento/Russo Duo formed in 2002 when Joe Russo was offered a Thursday night residency at New York City's Knitting Factory. He enlisted childhood chum Marco Benevento and the two performed as an organ and drum combo for $50 each. With hardly any written material at first, the Duo made a virtue out of necessity by converting loose sketches into 20-minute improvisations. From the very beginning, the group proved that they could also handle instrumental revisions of Led Zeppelin or Radiohead songs with equal skill and audacity. Far from its initiation, when the Benevento/Russo Duo was conceptualized for economy, these days the band remains a twosome of pure artistic desire.The Benevento/Russo Duo was the winner of New Groove of the Year in 2005, at the 5th Annual Jammys. They are an indie-rock band that jams. They are a jazz-combo that rocks.

Don't miss a night of exceptional musical performances at The Studio at Colton Theater!

And remember, this year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.backbeatpresents.com or www.ticketweb.com.

Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Backbeat Jazzfest Series 2009 group page.

For information about Soulive please visit www.royalfamilyrecordings.com
or www.myspace.com/soulive. Additional information about the Benevento/Russo duo can be found at www.beneventorussoduo.com. For information on Nigel Hall please visit www.nigelhallmusic.com.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program (LTCP) coordinate their efforts in tobacco prevention and control by providing statewide coordination of existing tobacco control initiatives, funding innovative community programs for tobacco control, and improve the overall health and quality of life in Louisiana. For more information visit, www.tobaccofreeliving.org.

Medeski Martin & Wood w DJ Logic @ The Studio at Colton

woodDon't miss the concert of the season on Saturday, May 2nd with New York City-based scratch-artist DJ Logic and the world-famous jazz trio Medeski, Martin and Wood!

The trio of keyboard/organ/piano player John Medeski, drummer/percussionist Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood emerged out of the New York downtown scene in the early 90's and soon found mainstream success on the jazz scene. Medeski, Martin and Wood's live performances are renowned for their exploratory nature, drawing on musical traditions from funk to hip-hop to create an unconventional style of jazz-fusion sometimes described as "avant-groove." The trio has made improvisation their language - how they communicate with one another and how they communicate with an audience.

A group that effortlessly straddles the gap between avant-garde improvisation and accessible groove-based jazz, Medeski, Martin, and Wood have simultaneously earned standings as relentlessly innovative musicians and an enormously popular act. TTheir genius for making even the most sophisticated rhythmic and harmonic ideas instantly relatable to their listeners, via long-honed group empathy and individual precision, is balanced by an uncanny knack for imparting the simplest statements with a profound resonance and clarity.

Medeski, Martin, and Wood are a small world unto themselves, where creativity and spontaneity are honored, revered, and encouraged. They make music not of this world, yet rooted in the earth tones of jazz, funk, and blues. Music from the heart, for the mind, and made to shake the earth, not to mention the body.

Opening for Medeski, Martin, and Wood will be a special performance by turntablist DJ LOGIC. As one of the world's most accomplished scratch-artists, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip - hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative .bandleader. Since his emergence in the 90's amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, DJ LOGIC has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations ranging from the likes of Medeski, Martin & Wood, Christian McBride, Vernon Reid, Charlie Hunter, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Mos Def and The Roots. DJ LOGIC takes his role as an electronic-music ambassador seriously. Whether he is instructing tablas to flirt with drum 'n' bass or meshing free styling MC's with Afro-Cuban rhythms, DJ LOGIC can always be found paying homage to his predecessors while contributing his vision to the deejay genre.

Be sure to check out these extraordinary performances at The Studio at Colton Theater!

And remember, this year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Advance tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.backbeatpresents.com or www.ticketweb.com.

Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook pages. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Backbeat Jazzfest Series 2009 group page.

To learn more about Medeski, Martin and Wood please visit their website at www.mmw.net.  To learn more about DJ LOGIC please go to www.djlogic.com.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program (LTCP) coordinate their efforts in tobacco prevention and control by providing statewide coordination of existing tobacco control initiatives, funding innovative community programs for tobacco control, and improve the overall health and quality of life in Louisiana. For more information visit, www.tobaccofreeliving.org.