by Kevin Allman
Gambit presented the 22nd annual Big Easy Awards on Apr. 19 at a party at the Sugar Mill. The awards, which are given out for excellence in local theater and music, drew a crowd of several hundred for dinner, drinks and performances. Proceeds from the event support Big Easy Foundation grants in performing arts education and development.
Performers, nominees and presenters included Harry Shearer, Bryan Batt and John Goodman, as well as a slew of New Orleans musicians from Troy Andrews (Entertainer of the Year) to Kermit Ruffins, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Germaine Bazzle, the McDonogh 35 High School Choir and DJ Soul Sister. One of the evening's highlights was a collaboration between DJ Jubilee and the Imagination Movers.
The complete list of winners is in this week's paper, as well as online -- and check out the video as well: