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INAUGURAL SHAMARR FEST KICKS OFF AT SHAMROCK FIRST WEEK OF JAZZ FEST
Rebirth Brass Band New Addition to Stellar Roster for Second Show on May 3rd
New Orleans, April 14, 2014-A new and powerful addition to post-Jazz Fest revelry, Shamarr Fest makes its debut this year, running two nights at Shamrock in Mid City, at 10PM on April 26th and May 3rd. The roster mirrors Jazz Fest with an eclectic offering of artists that represents the best of New Orleans music and national acts, with Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs headlining. Night one also includes Grammy Award nominees Hot 8 Brass Band and John Popper of Blues Traveler.
The second night of Shamarr Fest, on May 3rd, boasts Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Most Wanted Brass Band, and G. Love of G. Love & Special Sauce.
Grammy Award winners Rebirth Brass Band have joined the lineup for night two.
Hammered into existence by Shamarr Allen's determination to give fans a viable and affordable option to keep the music and the party going after Jazz Fest is over for the day, the lineup springs from a wealth of collaborative projects throughout his career, some of which are very recent:
"I wrote some music for G. Love & Special Sauce's new record, Sugar, and I've sat in with them a few times," says Shamarr. "A relationship beyond the music [developed] and I asked G. Love if he'd come down and play with us. His response? ‘Sure! I'm in!'"
Shamarr's deep history with Hot 8 and Rebirth made those bands solid choices for the show, along with Most Wanted, as many of the band members grew up playing music together. Shamarr also has performed with John Popper and Blues Traveler.
"People can expect an incredible two shows from some of the best local and national acts they've ever seen, and dance their butts off while they are at it. We're doing this at a price that gives people room to drink and eat, and still have some money in their pockets when they go home. People know me and all the other bands that are playing, and one thing we all have in common is we know how to have fun! So people can expect to have fun!"
Tickets are $15 for each show and can be purchased via Eventbrite:
Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs' upcoming CD, True Orleans, is in the works, and the video for the first single, "Kurt Cobain," was released to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of Cobain's untimely demise. The song heavily references its namesake and Amy Winehouse, both of whom struggled with substance abuse that contributed to their deaths, each at the age of twenty-seven. The video is laced with strong imagery pertaining to the depths of despair that accompany addiction and suicide, as well as media accounts of Cobain and Winehouse's deaths. The references are juxtaposed with brighter scenes and proclamations that life may not be ideal, but there is worth in the struggle to transcend the bleakest moments of any existence.
"We all have too much to live for. I used Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse as references to get people to pay attention to the bigger message," states Shamarr. "Life may not be picture perfect, but it could be worse. Anyone who listens to my music knows it's always about real life situations, whether they are serious or funny. I write from the heart and at that time, that's how I felt. But just imagine if Kurt or Amy were still alive--music would be a lot different. Maybe this song will save the next Kurt or Amy. Or a chef, teacher, student that's being bullied, mother, father, fireman, police officer, musician, housekeeper-anyone who needs to know there's a brighter side past the darkness."
The video is available online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AkV_fJgo6A
About Shamarr Allen: Shamarr's countless career accomplishments are highlighted by performances with artists Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a multi-city tour and studio recordings with country legend Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M. His personal compositions include music for the New Orleans Saints, "Bring Em To The Dome," and the ecologically conscious oil spill record, "Sorry Ain't Enough No More." In 2011, Shamarr and the Underdawgs were invited to tour Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department. In 2012, the Underdawgs were again invited by the State Department to tour Central Asia this time touring Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The same year, Shamarr was featured on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's Congo Square poster. In 2013, the band was honored to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Shamarr claims one of his favorite moments was being the first trumpet player to play the National Anthem for President Barack Obama. Ultimately, he performed for the President twice, the second time with multi-platinum artist, Harry Connick Jr. at the White House. For more information, please visit: http://shamarrallen.com/.