Friday, November 18 / 8:00 p.m.
Opening Night Celebration
Doubletree Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $59


When singer/guitarist Tab Benoit, born in Baton Rouge, La., released his first album, “Nice and Warm” (Justice) in 1992, he was compared to masters like Albert King, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix.
His touring schedule averaged 250 shows a year for many years, as he released five more albums.
In 2002, Benoit formed a three-piece group focused on Louisiana’s coastal erosion issues, and in 2004 he founded Voice of the Wetlands, a non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness to those issues. His Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars released two albums and toured the country; his album “Wetlands” began incorporating Louisiana’s other musical styles in its collection of originals.
He recently founded Whiskey Bayou Records with his partner and manager Rueben Williams, and in 2019 he and other artists from his label toured as the Whiskey Bayou Revue.
Tab Benoit Web Page

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Founded in 1977 as The Dirty Dozen Social Aid and Pleasure Club of New Orleans by bass drummer Benny Jones, this band combines traditional brass band music with bebop, jazz, funk, and R&B/soul, which they call “a musical gumbo.”
They have toured five continents and 30-plus countries, and have produced 16 albums. They are credited with revitalizing brass band music, spurring other musicians to form groups such as the Rebirth Brass Band.
Their current lineup includes Roger Lewis and Kevin Harris on sax and vocals; Gregory Davis on trumpet and vocals; Kirk Joseph on Sousaphone; T.J. Norris on trombone and vocals; Julian Addison on drums and Takeshi Shimmura on guitar.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Web Page

Photos by Joseph A. Rosen