Made it over to Offbeat's Best of the Beat Awards last Thursday just in time to catch the All Star Tribute for my man Johnny Vidacovich with the original Astral Project lineup of Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski, and James Singleton, with Brian Blade on drums and curated by Stanton Moore. Highlight of the evening was when Johnny V, Stanton Moore and Brian Blade played musical chairs repeatedly during Thelonious Monk's 'Well You Needn't'. Definitely a lot of love in the room for Johnny V, who had picked up his well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at Offbeat’s business awards a few days earlier. Congrats to my friend Johnny V!! Great job Stanton!! And thanks to Jan and Offbeat for continually recognizing one the most important aspects of our culture, our musicians!! A full recap of all of the winners et can be viewed at http://www.offbeat.com/news/winners-last-nights-best-beat-music-awards-photos/
More pics and a musical slideshow can be viewed http://www.nativeorleanian.org/2016_Offbeat_Awards_Johnny_Vidacovich_Tribute_11917
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