Featuring performances by this year’s Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement recipient, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the nationally recognized New Orleans-based Tank and the Bangas, this year’s awards proudly recognize outstanding musical contributions from the year 2020 to the city’s diverse music scene.
Awards will be presented by local performers. There will also be a short documentary on the history of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, directed by OffBeat’s in-house videographer and filmmaker, Noé Cugny. The event will be recorded and presented from the historic New Orleans Jazz Museum.
This year’s nominees include a vast assortment of talent in the range of local music including not only R&B, jazz, brass bands, blues, and funk, but also rock, hip-hop, and other genres. Nominees in each category were vetted by OffBeat writers and staff and New Orleans music business professionals. Votes selecting the 2020 Best of The Beat winners across multiple categories was completed by the public and readers and fans of OffBeat Magazine from around the world on March 15.
Created by Jan Ramsey in 1988, OffBeat Magazine’s passionate support for local musicians has greatly contributed to the reputation and growth of the New Orleans music and music businesses and music in general throughout the state of Louisiana. The Best of the Beat Awards began 23 years ago when Ramsey decided it was time to honor the musicians of New Orleans and make them feel like the “rock stars” they were.
“Just because live music has been shut down by COVID does not mean that musicians have not been making music. And just because live music and festivals have been temporarily halted doesn’t mean that our musicians haven’t been creating music and we want to continue to honor them. To be on the safe side, we can’t have the same big party we’ve had in the past but we look forward to celebrating their hard work in a safe way virtually,” says Ramsey.