Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs on the mainstage at the Charleston Pour House

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Following his time in Rebirth as the band’s third trumpet player, then a rarity, the versatile Allen has since collaborated with everyone from local icons such as Galactic and Harry Connick and international stars like Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz and Willie Nelson.

 

New Orleans singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, and multi-instrumentalist Shamarr Allen is coming to Charleston on Saturday, April 9 to headlineThe Pour Houseon his 45+ date spring and summer tour supporting his forthcoming album, "True Orleans 2." Tickets are on sale now; visitshamarrallen.comfor details. Doors open 8:30 p.m. and show starts 9:30 p.m.

 

Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs

 

Active professionally in his hometown since his teens as a member of the Rebirth Brass Band, Allen is a stylistic synthesist who brings together many sounds indigenous to New Orleans, often in the same surprising track: the city’s traditional brass bands; the in-the-alley R&B of such ‘50s giants as Fats Domino; the steamy funk of ‘60s and ‘70s stars like the Meters and Allen Toussaint; the hard-hitting ‘90s rap of such breakout Cash Money and No Limit stars as Master P and Lil’ Wayne; and the booty-shaking bounce of new-millennium performers like Big Freedia (who was featured on “The Greatest Place in the World,” the lead-off track on the first "True Orleans").

 

 

But his sources run well outside of the city limits, with Allen naming Willie Nelson as his favorite songwriter and Prince, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and many others as influences, thus resulting in what Shamarr has dubbed “bridge music” because of the way his music bridges a variety of styles and people. Following his time in Rebirth as the band’s third trumpet player, then a rarity, the versatile Allen has since collaborated with everyone from local icons such as Galactic and Harry Connick and international stars like Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz and Willie Nelson.

 

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A turning point for Allen’s career came in 2009, when he not only released his debut album but had the honor ofperforming the National Anthem for President Obama in New Orleans,which resulted in an invitation to play at the esteemed Governor’s Ball at the White House. Since then, Allen has served as an official musical ambassador for the U.S. traveling to Brazil, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and the Congo.

 

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Though he’s traveled the world on behalf of his country, some of Allen’s most important charitable work takes place right at home in his own backyard. For the past decade, Shamarr has been teaching music to local children, free of charge, at weekly sessions held in his mother’s home, with some of these students even performing at Allen’s Jazz Fest dates. And in 2020, Allen launched his "Trumpet Is My Weapon" gun exchange program after a nine-year-old was killed and two other youngsters were wounded in a New Orleans shooting. Giving away some of his own horns and using donations and money raised online to buy instruments, Allen offered a trumpet to any New Orleans youth who turns in a gun — free of charge, no questions asked.

 

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