This Friday: A bit of New Orleans in Nelson

Here we are at the end of another incredible season. Thanks to everyone who makes it possible for us to bring great music to our little corner of the world – our audience, sponsors, volunteers, friends, and neighbors. And are we ever excited to end the season with this amazing band.

Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans Music! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip hop, rock, funk, funk blues, and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band “Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs”.

Shamarr Allen has done a lot for his age. The trumpet player began performing music professionally when he was just twelve years old. He worked his way through the ranks of the city’s best-known brass bands—Rebirth, Hot 8, Treme—and beyond to work with the likes of Willie Nelson, R.E.M., Patti LaBelle, Harry Connick Jr., Lenny Kravitz, and Eric Burdon. In 2009, he performed the national anthem for President Obama. Between 2011 and 2015, Allen, joined by his backing band the Underdawgs, toured various parts of Africa and Central Asia as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department. Now in his mid-30s, Allen, with a grin, hollers, “By me starting young, it feels like I’m 80 years old. But I’ve got a lot more to go!”

Join us next Friday, June 28, at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00). Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

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