Publiq House Jazz Fest Shows

A little night music

By Barri Bronston

Special to The Advocate, April 25, 2013

Like many nonprofits in New Orleans, the Backbeat Foundation was created in the months following Hurricane Katrina. Its mission was to help musicians who suddenly found themselves without their homes, instruments or livelihoods.

Initially, the group collected money and distributed it to those in need. But organizers soon realized that they could have the greatest impact by getting musicians back on stage.

Thus was born the Backbeat Jazz Fest Series, a music extravaganza that takes place annually on and between the first and second weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

On April 26, the foundation kicks off its eighth annual Jazz Fest Series, with a lineup that includes some of the city’s hottest musical groups, among them Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bonerama, the Stanton Moore Piano Trio, New Orleans Night Crawlers and Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk.

Shows will be held at various venues, including the Blue Nile and Blue Nile Balcony Room on Frenchman Street, Café Istanbul in the St. Claude Arts District, PubliQ House on reinvigorated Freret Street and the New Orleans Botanical Garden.