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NOLA Rising Star Shammar Allen Brings Hip-Hop, Rock, and Soul  to Parrot

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Shammar Allen at The Green Parrot

NOLA Rising Star Shammar Allen  Fresh from his tour as vocalist and trumpeter for NOLA’s funk/jazz/jam juggernaut Galactic,  New Orleans-based trumpet player Shammar Allen,  with his band the Underdawgs Brings Hip-Hop, Rock, Soul   to Parrot

 Allen, hailing from the Lower 9th Ward, is  a multi instrumentalist with influences in jazz, hip hop, rock, funk, and blues who transcends musical boundaries and is the definition of New Orleans Music! The True Orleans Experience! Shamarr Allen, combining elements of hip hop, rock, soul, and pop delivers a powerful wallop of fun, good music, and genre bending blends of his original sound, hip-rockMusic has been a part of Shamarr Allen’s life for as long as he can recall. A musical prodigy, people have forever recognized his extraordinary talents as a musician. Shamarr’s countless career accomplishments are highlighted by performances with artists Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a multi-city tour and studio recordings with country legend Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M..  His personal compositions include music for the New Orleans Saints, “Bring Em To The Dome,” the ecologically conscious oil spill record, “Sorry Ain’t Enough No More.”

In 2011, he, with his band the Underdawgs, were invited to tour Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department. With all of those amazing achievements, Shamarr claims one of his favorite moments as being the first trumpet player to play the National Anthem for President Barack Obama. Ultimately, he played for the President twice, the second time with multi-platinum artist, Harry Connick Jr. at the White House.

Do not miss this chance to see this unique and unforgettable rising star this Thursday at The Green Parrot Bar.