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Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:12

Two weeks ago I had the good fortune of attending Amanda Shaw’s 18th birthday celebration along with over 800 foot-stompin’, hand clapping, dancing fans at the Mid-City Lanes Rock n’ Bowl on Carrolton Avenue,


New Orleans. The party was held in conjunction with a fundraiser for Tab Benoit’sVoice of the Wetlands non-profit organization for coastal restoration in Louisiana. Over $8,000 was raised that evening!

Amanda performed with great artists including Waylon Thibodeaux, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, and Irvin Mayfield. She enjoyed sharing the stage with everyone and her constantly smiling face energized the entire crowd. Needless to say, she had a ball; and so did everyone else.

I visited briefly with owner John Blancher and he couldn’t say enough about Shaw’s talents. He commented, “Amanda is one of the most exciting performers to ever appear at Mid-City Lanes”.

Following the performance, I walked up to the stage where Amanda was assisting with the dismantling of audio equipment; and despite what should have been an exhausting evening and opportunity for her to ignore me, she took the time to accept my compliments and comment that I was sorry she had to work so hard on her birthday! With a big smile, Amanda said it was the greatest birthday party she could ever remember. I have feeling, there will be many more!

Thousands have enjoyed the energy and outstanding talent of this young fiddler at Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival, various New Orleans and South Louisiana hot spots, and throughout the United States. She’s been featured in several films including the 2006 IMAX film Hurricane on the Bayou and Disney’s Now You See It on the Disney Channel. She’s a regular on New Orleans’ television and you may have seen her appearance on Emeril Lagasse’s Food Network cooking show.

Amanda has been fiddling her way into people’s hearts since age 7. She began studying classical violin three years earlier and once she began performing, fell in love with the rhythms and spirit of Cajun music. This musical prodigy became the youngest performer ever to solo with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra at seven.

Amanda will be entering Tulane University in just a few weeks and will try to balance her professional career with the demanding studies of this top-notch academic institution. Be sure to check out her home page at and schedule to attend one of her exciting live performances. You’ll not be disappointed!



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