Thursday, February 5, 2009

2008 Best of the Beat Award Winners

Best of the Beat Award Winners
By OffBeat staff


Best Blues Band or Performer
Irma Thomas

Best Blues Album
Irma Thomas: Simply Grand (Rounder)

Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.

Best R&B/Funk Album
Dr. John: City That Care Forgot (429/Savoy)

Best Rock Band or Performer
Theresa Andersson

Best Rock Album
Theresa Andersson: Hummingbird, Go! (Basin Street)

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Band or Performer
Lil Wayne

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III (Cash Money)

Best Traditional Jazz Band or Performer
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Best Traditional Jazz Album
John Boutte: Good Neighbor (Independent)

Best Contemporary Jazz Band or Performer
Terrence Blanchard

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Ellis Marsalis Quartet: An Open Letter to Thelonious (ELM)

Best Brass Band
Rebirth Brass Band

Best Gospel Band or Performer
Zion Harmonizers

Best Cajun Band or Performer
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Best Cajun Album
Michael Doucet: From Now On (Smithsonian Folkways)

Best Zydeco Band or Performer
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Best Zydeco Album
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys: Keep the Tradition Alive! (Maison de Soul)

Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock Band or Performer
The Iguanas

Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock Album
The Iguanas: If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times (Yep Roc)

Best Emerging Artist
Los Po-Boy-Citos

Best Cover Band or Performer
The Bucktown Allstars

Female Vocalist
Irma Thomas

Male Vocalist
John Boutte

Bass Player
George Porter, Jr.

Guitar Player
Sonny Landreth

Johnny Vidacovich

Donald Harrison

Dr. Michael White

Trombone Shorty

Mark Mullins

Tuba / Sousaphone
Matt Perrine

Henry Butler

Terrance Simien

Michael Doucet

Other Instrument
Washboard Chaz (washboard)

Album of the Year
Dr. John: City That Care Forgot (429/Savoy)

Artist/Band of the Year
Irma Thomas


Best Club

Best Radio Station

Best Festival
French Quarter Festival

Best Festival Outside New Orleans
Festivals Acadiens et Creole

Best Recording Studio
Studio in the Country

Record Label of the Year
Basin Street Records

Producer of the Year
Mark Bingham

Best Record Store
Louisiana Music Factory

Best Instrument Store
Ray Fransen’s Drum Center

Best Pro Audio Store
Guitar Center

Best Studio Sound Engineer
Ben Mumphrey (Studio in the Country)

Best Booking Agency
White Oak

Best Manager
Howie Kaplan

Best Music Attorney
Ashlye M. Keaton

Best Music Photographer
Skip Bolen

Best Club Owner or Manager
Jessie Page (The Blue Nile)

Best Concert Promoter
Ponderosa Stomp Foundation

Music Awareness Award
The New Orleans Hornets

Music Business of the Year
Preservation Hall


Lifetime Achievement in Music
Harold Battiste

Lifetime Achievement in Music
Bo Dollis

Posthumous Lifetime Achievement in Music
James Booker

Lifetime Achievement in Music Business
Maggie Warwick

Lifetime Achievement Music Education
Donald Harrison and Cherice Harrison-Nelson

The Heartbeat Award
Antoinette K-Doe

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