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Jazz Fest 2011 Highlight: Amanda Shaw

It’s a very hot night in July 2007.   Tipitina’s is PACKED to the rafters with an enthusiastic audience ready for an evening of music.  I grab my guitar and head to the stage for my very first gig as one of Amanda Shaw’s “Cute Guys”, only to notice that blues legend Tab Benoit, along with his friends in Louisiana LaRoux are perched along the side wall getting ready to watch our set.   As I jump on this iconic stage spiritually guarded by the soul of Fess,  the young drum guru…Mr. Joey Peebles (who had just started his gig on the road with Trombone Shorty) sits behind the kit and is ready to go. Ms. Amanda Shaw comes on the stage last, grabs her signature fiddle, counts off the first song, and leads the audience at Tipitina’s to a Cajun/Zydeco nirvana.  By the end of “Hot Tamale Baby”, it was all over with.  Amanda had captured the audience with her talent, charm, and musical command.   What a first gig!
Amanda’s musical career has brought her to be on the forefront of Louisiana talent.  Her touring schedule has brought her all around the United States as well as several trips abroad to Europe.  She has shared the stage with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Charlie Daniels, and hundreds of other national legends.
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