What Is Rabadash?
Rabadash is your one stop shop for all New Orleans music related services for conventions,
corporate events, casinos, festivals, parties and weddings. With 36 years experience, we ARE New Orleans!
We specialize in Dueling Pianos for charity, casinos or conventions! We book New Orleans bands of any style, or for any age group.
We've got New Orleans Jazz Bands, Party Bands, Zydeco and Cajun bands, and DJ services.
We do New Orleans Event Planning with Audio/ Video equipment rentals for large and small venues,
from your intimate 10 person party, elegant weddings to 100,000 people at an outdoor concert.
Professional audio and Video recording studio services. Buy Rabadash Recording Artists CDs here.
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Booking Live Entertainment, Large Venue Production, Recording Studio, Rabadash Records
The right sound & video equipment for any event
Where Dreams are Born
Our Featured Entertainers
2 baby grand pianos & 2 amazing piano entertainers
Dueling Pianos was invented at Pat O'Briens in New Orleans in 1933 and has been popularized with hundreds of dueling piano bars all over the US. We bring the dueling piano show to your event. We can provide outstanding entertainment for the following events:
The Matherne Brothers
The Matherne Brothers, Robbie and Shane, stumbled into the music scene in 1969. They’ve both had much success with their bands; The Young Dreamers and Spectrum. As the Young Dreamers, they played teen dances, weddings and private parties and Robbie was considered the local “Donny Osmond” with a large female following.
Their band Spectrum went on to evolve into one of the most popular variety bands in the New Orleans area and still holding the attendance record on the Saturday Night dances on the Riverboat President. In both bands, The Young Dreamers and Spectrum, they played for 2 sitting US Presidents, several Governors, The Jerry Lewis Telethon on WGNO TV, had numerous original songs with 2 playing regularly on local radios stations “back in the day”, along with covering the local music scene throughout the Gulf Coast playing clubs, private parties, and weddings giving Robbie & Shane years of experience to still entertain today.
The Brothers split in 1976 where Robbie went on to do solo shows playing weddings, private parties, and restaurants. Shane was offered to join the extremely popular band Kolour and toured regionally playing clubs, private parties, festivals and opening for numerous national acts until 1984. Shane has since worked with numerous New Orleans musicians until Robbie recently approached him to work together again musically. It’s been a very good reincarnation of the Matherne Brothers Entertainment together again after a 40-year break. They will entertain you with popular songs from pop, rock, and a touch of country genres.
When you think New Orleans Music for your event - We've got all the greats!
The Matt Wilson Band
Not your average "all sound alike" Party Band!
For over 20 years, The Matt Wilson Band has brought sizzling live performances to stages across Texas and Louisiana. Wilson, an acclaimed keyboard player and songwriter who's been honored by the State of Texas for his achievements in Fine Arts and is part of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, first gained national exposure wowing sold-out audiences as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp Tony-award winning musical “Movin’ Out.” In his own group, he leads a collection of some of Austin's finest musicians through a constantly changing musical journey that seamlessly spans decades and styles. The MWB seamlessly blends a vast catalog of pop, rock, country, jazz, and just about every other genre, into performances that go beyond an evening's entertainment and become an event to remember.
Stunning Jazz Vocalist
Vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Kass has carved her own unique niche in the New Orleans music world. Whether accompanying herself on upright bass, guitar, or djembe (an African hand drum), her captivating voice and diverse repertoire are what make her a lightning rod for attention. “I follow good songs and stories more so than any particular genre of music,” she says, “and the songs I choose are as varied as my audience.” Born in NOLA and influenced by the city's diverse musical and cultural heritage, she is a captivating vocalist equally at home singing jazz standards as she is putting her own spin on songs by blues, country, americana and pop icons like Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell as well as unknown classics by New Orleans natives.
Michael J. O’Hara/The Torch Singer
Michael's got a NEW CD: "It's My Turn"
Michael O'Hara is a multi-faceted performer beyond compare. His long and storied career has seen everything from having his band open for The Rolling Stones (in 1981) to collaborations with everyone from Allen Toussaint to Judy Collins to Sting. An accomplished songwriter at the very top tier of the music world, his songs have garnered four Grammy Award nominations, two American Music Award nominations, and two BMI Awards.
As a musician, he's been known to play every instrument on his albums (except guitar), and his live performances are part rock and soul revue, part R&B tent revival, and all non-stop entertainment. O'Hara recently completed a theatrical run of a one-man show in Branson, MO, where he played a half-dozen off-the-wall members of one hilarious family, and is now back in New Orleans bringing the Sheik magic to adoring fans.
He's based in New Orleans and is recording at Rabadash Studios. His new CD is now available to buy, click the button!
Waylon "T" Thibodeaux
Louisiana's Rockin Fiddler
Born in Louisiana’s ‘Bayou Country’ just a few miles southwest of New Orleans, Houma native Waylon Thibodeaux is known around the world as “Louisiana’s Rockin Fiddler.” This self-taught Cajun musician enjoys a reputation as one of Louisiana’s best known recording artists with over a dozen albums in a nearly 30-year career that began as a teenager. His musical style puts the jam in jambalaya, pulling diverse elements into a sizzling, spicy groove you remember for a long, long time.
Thibodeaux describes it as “Cajun, but not too traditional; Zydeco, but with a punch of that classic New Orleans’ groove, plus a small pinch of south Louisiana swamp pop, a taste of country and a little rock n’ roll that’s sure to get you on your feet and dancing.”
Big Daddy 'O'
Lousiana/Mississippi Roadhouse Blues
Rabadash Records "discovered" Big Daddy 'O' playing at Betty’s Bar in Amite, Louisiana in 2000. Now, nearly two decades and four critically acclaimed CDs later, Big Daddy ‘O’ is a roadhouse legend with a national reputation. His dynamic vocals make for an original approach to performing that make every song sound like his own. For the bulk of his 30+ year career, Big Daddy ‘O’ has been playing in roadhouses and bars in the deep south, with the occasional national tour.
Whether he's wrangling leads from a vintage Les Paul and fronting a full electric blues band or delicately coaxing the most from a humble acoustic guitar in a solo setting his impressive six-foot-six frame dominates any stage, but his dynamic vocal skills are what makes him a truly captivating performer.
The Piano Maniacs
Dueling Pianos - The best in the biz!
Piano Maniacs Dueling Pianos is a high energy show in the style of the dueling pianos at world famous Pat O'Briens in the French Quarter, and utilizes the same pianists featured at this and other famous piano spots on Bourbon Street. The show can be completely tailored to you, featuring songs in whatever musical style and from whatever era you prefer -- from Ragtime to Prince to Elton John, and from Adele to Sinatra. Our pianists can serve a double function at an event by playing background music as the event begins and then ramping up to a higher energy show when desired. The show is as interactive as the guests want it to be; we can take requests, or not, and can add in calling guests up to the stage for awards (or just for fun) or not. It's completely customizable to your group and a classic New Orleans experience!
The Original New Orleans Piano Man
New Orleans native John Autin formed his first band at age 12 and never looked back. A multi-instrumentalist with a Master's Degree in Jazz, who's toured all over the globe, Autin's true love is piano and he has become known as “The Original New Orleans Piano Man” since emerging as a fixture on the city's musical landscape in the early 1980s.
His CDs seamlessly blend traditional New Orleans Jazz of the '20s and '30s with Rock, Funk, Pop and more. Autin co-founded Rabadash Records in 1984 with a mission to preserve the music of New Orleans and southern Louisiana. 35 years in, that commitment is stronger than ever as the label continues to release works by legacy artists and new performers who embody the Crescent City's rich musical traditions.
John spends most of his nights performing at clubs, casinos, convention events, weddings, and private parties, spending days at his Recording Studios, Rabadash Records, playing behind and producing other great New Orleans artists. Owner and Operator of Rabadash Entertainment.
2009 Slim Harpo Blues Pioneer Award winner John Lisi is one of New Orleans' finest guitarists. With a style hallmarked by muddy, stanky, swampy blues roots and an undeniable booty-shakin' groove, he's released seven albums either as a solo artist or under the Delta Funk! moniker and appeared on dozens more.
Lisi's worked with everyone from Rockin' Tabby Thomas' to Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. His songs continually span the wide world of funk while still giving everyone from blues heads to guitar nerds something to sink their teeth into. Be it Dobro, mandolin, resonator, Stratocaster or a plain old acoustic guitar, he has it locked down. His signature sound features stellar guitar riffs and funky leads layered in with sassy female backing vocals, horns that kick brass, and an in-the-pocket rhythm section.
90 Degrees West
7-piece high energy modern country band
Somebody once said, "If you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life." 90 Degrees West brings high-energy, modern country to the New Orleans musical melting pot. This seven-piece array of talented musicians, with collective decades of experience, has turned the Crescent City on its ear with an array of covers by legends like Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, and many more, as well as their own deep well of originals. Whether they're opening for superstars like Big and Rich at an arena or casino, or playing in a small club or in intimate setting to a private crowd, 90 Degrees West own the stage from start to finish and leave audiences wanting more.
Jim Lockwood was born into a musical family. His father was a big band sax and clarinetist and his mother was a country singer and songwriter. He began performing at the age of 15 with a high school friend playing talent shows, fairs, and private parties. His first instrument was guitar. After breaking his left index finger at the age of 21, Jim began teaching himself piano. Throughout the 80's and 90's Jim toured the US with several bands as lead vocalist and front man. Tiring of the road, Jim opened Rocket Recording Studio with partners and began writing and recording numerous songs which resulted in his first solo CD “High Note”. He continued to perform regionally with several bands until his friend John Autin offered him an opportunity to become a piano entertainer. He began performing at Spirits On Bourbon for several years and now performs at Tickler’s @ MyBar on Bourbon street and many other venues. He also performs a very high energy show dueling pianos act called Piano Maniacs, currently at the Treasure Chest Casino on Sunday nights.
Tom McDermott and Chloe Feoranzo
Premiere Piano Player and Composer and high energy Clarinetist
Pianist/composer Tom McDermott and clarinetist/saxophonist Chloe Feoranzo team up for a one-of-a-kind collaboration that could only be birthed in the Crescent City. McDermott, a fixture on the New Orleans music scene since 1984, is one of the city's most prolific musicians with 15 albums as a leader and over 75 original songs to his credit. Feoranzo has emerged as one of the city's most talented musicians. With a background in jazz and big bands, she's toured with Postmodern Jukebox, appeared on late night network television and played the Grand Ole Opry.
The duo combine McDermott's love of Brazilian grooves, 19th Century classical music and the compositional genius of Duke Ellington with Feoranzo's deep knowledge of jazz and big band from the '30s through the '60s, and the traditions of pop standards from that same timeframe, into a musical gumbo that's 100% steeped in New Orleans traditions.
Listen to this interview that’s not to be missed.
Authentic New Orleans Brass Band
Only in New Orleans!!!!
The Marching Brass Band, also known as the Second Line, is a fantastic experience. The tradition dates back to the late 1800's , Your entire party can hit the streets and have your own parade. Yes, it's unbelievable fun!
New Orleans born & bred rockers, get your event rockin'
The Ferrato, Autin, Sipos Trio are local music legends who have teamed up to put together a great combination of New Orleans Rock N Roll and familiar hits from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and a few hits of today and later decades. Depending on your budget they can be the perfect New Orleans band for your event playing either as a trio, or adding sax, female vocalist, or horn section for up to a 7 piece band.
Dave Ferrato and Tchoupazine
New Orleans Club rock & blues favorite
Dave Ferrato is a musician's musician who has been buried deep in the New Orleans club scene for the last 30 years. The guitarist/songwriter has developed a keen eye for the underside of the Crescent City and is able to share this world through simple and elegant tunes on his album, "Later, On Decatur". Several standout tunes include the "Tchoupazine Triangle," an area many residents and lovers of New Orleans will recognize as a location in the Uptown section of the city between Magazine and Tchoupitoulas Streets, known for its college bars and small music clubs. The title number, "Later, On Decatur," is a beautifully orchestrated tune about the late night after-hours scene on the street nearest to the Mississippi River. A slow bass line, electric guitar, violins, organ and a seductive trombone solo by Mullins all add to the sultry feel of this tune. Anyone who has had the energy and desire to stay up all night in the after-hours clubs and watch the sun come up in the French Quarter, as Ferrato and the musicians who play this song from the heart obviously have, will understand the beauty of this tune. Dave Ferrato and his Tchoupazine band is New Orleans gold.
Wally B. is the A to Z of piano stylists and has been playing piano since age ten. Although classically trained, Wally began his musical career playing Boogie Woogie, Blues and Ragtime in clubs on Bourbon Street.
Wally B.’s electrifying energy at the keys and range of music styles-which include Standards, Blues, Classical, Pop, Boogie Woogie, Ragtime, and Rock & Roll make him a real crowd pleaser no matter where he plays.
He begins each show performing magic with audience participation which really gets the crowd engaged all over the world. From Vegas to Calgary to Tahiti and the Mediterranean, Wally B's been rockin' New Orleans music everywhere!
Hit Me America
Let us rock your venue!
Why be a spectator when you can be part of the music?
HIT ME AMERICA JAM SESSIONS puts the audience together with gifted songwriter-musicians who have a passion for music and a drive for writing great songs. Hit Me America Jam Sessions is where audiences actually become a part of the songwriting process. Every Jam Session is an interactive music experience where fans feed the artist ideas, lyrics and melodies to co-create a great original song. Our mission is to take the best songwriters and challenge them to write a hit song along with the audience in the most unique and entertaining songwriting session ever. Part story-telling, part songwriting, and part concert, Hit Me America Jam Sessions are the ultimate music experience!
We put together a great CD that's a compilation of songs from various artists that were written with audience participation! Listen here.