New Orleans musician Shamarr Allen returning to Colonial Oak Music Park

New Orleans musician Shamarr Allen is returning to St. Augustine on Friday, April 8 to play a free concert at Colonial Oak Music Park, 21 St. George St.

Allen, who previously played the venue on Oct. 15, is about to start a 45-plus city tour for his new album "True Orleans 2." He opens the tour April 7 at Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, followed by his stop at Colonial Oak Music Park.

Allen also has Florida stops at High Dive in Gainesville (April 13), Guanabanas in Jupiter (April 14), Hooch and Hive in Tampa (April 15), Beer in the Bushes in Sanibel (April 16).

New Orleans musician Shamarr Allen will return to St. Augustine to perform at the Colonial Oak Music Park on April 8.
New Orleans musician Shamarr Allen will return to St. Augustine to perform at the Colonial Oak Music Park on April 8.

Also coming in April: Louisiana blues guitarist Tab Benoit returning to Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

More: Grammy Award winner Bon Iver's 23-stop tour heading to St. Augustine

"True Orleans 2," which shows the diverse musical styles of New Orleans, will be released May 6 under Allen’s own imprint POME Music Group. The official release will come May 7 when Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The single "Dance With Me" from "True Orleans 2" was released Monday.

His fourth studio album and first in four years was recorded and produced by Allen at his studio in New Orleans. It follows "Box Who In?" (2009), "504-799-8147" (2011) and True Orleans (2018).

Allen has worked with G. Love, Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Harry Connick, Lenny Kravitz and Galactic.

Since 2009, Allen has served as an official musical ambassador for the U.S. traveling to Brazil, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and the Congo.

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.

Shamarr Allen

When: 7 p.m. April 8. Doors open at 6:30.

Where: Colonial Oak Music Park

Tickets: Free. Find info at thecolonialoakmusicpark.com or shamarrallen.com or call 904-342-2857.

Upcoming shows

Sebastian Maniscalco will deliver his comedy Friday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Sebastian Maniscalco will deliver his comedy Friday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

Matt Fowler, 4:30 p.m. April 1, Embassy Suites, 300 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.

Ace Winn, 5 p.m. April 1, The Lodge & Club, 607 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach.

Yael & Gabriel, 6 p.m. April 1, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St.

Sebastian Maniscalco, 7 p.m. April 1, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $50.25-$153.74.

Blistur, 8:30 p.m. April 1, Trade Winds, 124 Charlotte St.

Yael & Gabriel, 7 p.m. April 2, Colonial Oak Music Park, 21 St. George St.

Matt O'Ree Band, 7 p.m. April 2, Dog Rose Brewing Company, 77 Bridge St.

Tim Rippey, 7 p.m. April 2, St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A South. $15.

Blistur, 9 p.m. April 2, Trade Winds, 124 Charlotte St.

Yael & Gabriel, 10 a.m. April 3, Casa Monica, 95 Cordova St.

Heather Craig, 1 p.m. April 4, Pierre's Place, 69 St. George St.

Bennett, Lane, Walker and Friends, 8 p.m. April 8, Cafe Eleven. $20/$25 day of show.

The Zombies, 7:30 p.m. April 6, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $59.50-$94.50

Joan Osborne, 8 p.m. April 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $40-$50. Note: Proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours is required. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry.

Yael & Gabriel, 6 p.m. April 8, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St.

Henry Rollins, 8 p.m. April 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $29.50-$49.50.

Shamarr Allen, 7 p.m. April 8, Colonial Oak Music Park, 21 St. George St.

Draucker, 10 p.m. April 8, Prohibition Kitchen, 119 St. George St.

The Music of Cream, 8 p.m. April 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $34.50-$54.50.

Samantha Fish with Django, 8 p.m. April 10, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $36–$41.

Heather Craig, 1 p.m. April 11, Pierre's Place, 69 St. George St.

Drive-By Truckers with Lydia Loveless, 8 p.m. April 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $35.

Empire Strikes Brass, 8 p.m. April 13, Cafe Eleven. $15/$20 day of show.

Dylan McDonie, 1 p.m. April 14, Bin 39, 4 St. George St.

Bon Iver with Dijon, 6 p.m. April 14, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $49.50-$99.50.

Tab Benoit, 7:30 p.m. April 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $40.50–$62.50.

Ace Winn, 10 a.m. April 17, Vernon's, 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach.

Yael & Gabriel, 10 a.m. April 17, Casa Monica, 95 Cordova St.

Heather Craig, 1 p.m. April 18, Pierre's Place, 69 St. George St.

Beartooth with Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada and ERRA, 6 p.m. April 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $37.50-$47.50.

NEW DATE: Steve Hackett, 7 p.m. April 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $53-$83. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

Don Felder, 8 p.m. April 20, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $57.50-$112.50.

Planet Band Camp with Three Days Grace, Black Veil Brides, Ice Nine Kills and Motionless in White, 6 p.m. April 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $38-$172.50.

Lance Rogers with Josh Ford, 6:30 p.m. April 21, Colonial Oak Music Park, 21 St. George St.

Jordan Tice of Hawktail, 8 p.m. April 22, Cafe Eleven. $15/$20 day of show.

Styx with Night Ranger, 8 p.m. April 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $42-$119.

Big Papa Fish, 7 p.m. April 23, Casa Maya, 22 Hypolita St.

David Oliver Willis, 10 p.m. April 23, Odd Birds, 33 Charlotte St.

Yael & Gabriel, 10 a.m. April 24, Casa Monica, 95 Cordova St.

Blistur, 2 p.m. April 24, Arnold's Lounge, 3912 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.

NEW DATE: Colin Hay of Men at Work, 8 p.m. April 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $39.50-$64.50. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

Heather Craig, 1 p.m. April 25, Pierre's Place, 69 St. George St.

Marbin, 8 p.m. April 26, Cafe Eleven. $15/$20 day of show.

Houndmouth with special guest Sam Filiatreau, 8 p.m. April 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $30.50.

Billy Strings, 7:30 p.m. April 29, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $39.50-$69.50.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 8 p.m. April 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $49.50-$79.50.

Billy Strings, 7:30 p.m. April 30, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $39.50-$69.50.

Billy Strings, 7:30 p.m. May 1, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $39.50-$69.50.

Victor Wainwright, 8 p.m. May 1, Cafe Eleven. $25/$30 day of show.

Heather Craig, 1 p.m. May 4, Pierre's Place, 69 St. George St.

Adam Lambert, 7 p.m. May 4, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $35–$124.50.

Rex Orange Country, 7 p.m. May 5, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $39-$64.

Koe Wetzel with Tim Montana and Dylan Wheeler, 7:30 p.m. May 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $28-$78.

Indigenous, 8 p.m. May 8, Cafe Eleven. $15/$20 day of show.

Primus with Battles, 8 p.m. May 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $35-$65.

John Fogerty, 8 p.m. May 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $64-$154.

Madeleine Peyroux, 8 p.m. May 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $49.50-$84.50.

Five for Fighting, 8 p.m. May 11, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $45.50-$65.50.

Yacht Rock Revue, 8 p.m. May 14, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $40–$70.

Tommy Emmanuel, 7:30 p.m. May 15, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $44.50-$69.50.

Dance Gavin Dance with special guest Memphis May Fire, Volumes and Moontooth, 6 p.m. May 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $40.

Leon Bridges with Chiiild, 6:30 p.m. May 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $39.50-$79.50.

Rob Schneider, 8 p.m. May 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $39.50-$125.

As If! North Florida's 90s Fest 2022: Montell Jordan and Eve 6 featuring Quad City DJs, noon May 21, Francis Field, 25 W. Castillo Drive. $20 for general admission.

NEW DATE: Ryan Hamilton, 8 p.m. May 21, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $39.50-$52.50. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

Heather Land, 7:30 p.m. May 22, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $35-$75.

Phobe Bridgers, 7 p.m. May 25, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $34-$52. Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours is required. Face masks are encouraged.

Wallows, 8 p.m. May 27, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $29-$125.

Bright Eyes, 7 p.m. May 28, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $41-$61. Note: Proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours is required.

Robert Earl Keen, 8 p.m. May 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $66-$96.

Robert Earl Keen, 8 p.m. May 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $66-$96.

Bikini Kill, 8 p.m. May 31, Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $40.

Good Vibes Summer Tour 2022: Rebelution with Steel Pulse, Denm and DJ Mackle, 5:30 p.m. June 1, St. Augustine Amphitheatre Backyard Stage. $17.93–$45.

Good Vibes Summer Tour 2022: Rebelution with Steel Pulse, Denm and DJ Mackle, 5:30 p.m. June 2, St. Augustine Amphitheatre Backyard Stage. $17.93-$45.

NEW DATE: Barenaked Ladies with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket, 6 p.m. June 3, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $44-$129. Rescheduled from June 5, 2021. All tickets will honored at the new date.

Fool's Paradise: Umphrey's McGee, Lettuce, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Isaiah Sharkey Band and Jennifer Hartswick and Nic Cassarino, June 4-5, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $126.50-$176.50.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Sheryl Crow with special guest Waxahatchee, 6 p.m. June 9, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Note: Proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours may be required.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Sheryl Crow and Waxahatchee, 6:30 p.m. June 10, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Note: Proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours may be required.

Flogging Molly & The Interrupters with special guest The Skints and Tiger Army, 5:30 p.m. June 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $49.50.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Zach Bryan, 7 p.m. June 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $52.50-$87.50.

American Aquarium, 8 p.m. June 21, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $30.50-$100.

NEW DATE: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band with Edgar Winter, 7:30 p.m. June 24, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $54-$154. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

Whiskey Myers with Shane Smith & The Saints and 49 Winchester, 6 p.m. July 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $25-$55.

Slightly Stoopid with Pepper, Common Kings and Fortunate Youth, 5 p.m. Aug. 4, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $39.50-$59.50.

Rick Springfield and Men At Work with special guest John Waite, 7 p.m. Aug. 5, The St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $39.50-$149.50.

Buddy Guy and John Hiatt & The Goners featuring Sonny Landreth, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $39.50-$97.50.

Lee Brice with special guest Michael Ray and Jackson Dean, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, The St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $30.50-$60.50.

Dispatch & O.A.R. with G. Love, 7 p.m. Sept. 4, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $26-$96.

NEW DATE: Todd Barry, 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $33.50. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

The War on Drugs, 7 p.m. Oct. 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $42.50-$72.50.

The Head and the Heart with Shakey Graves, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $34.50-$64.50.

NEW DATE: Bob Mould, 8 p.m. Oct. 14, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $30-$50. Rescheduled from Feb. 25. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

NEW DATE: Trace Adkins with Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, 7 p.m. Oct. 15, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. $33-$77. Rescheduled from Dec. 2. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

NEW DATE: Steve Vai, 8 p.m. Oct. 21, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $44.50-$89.50. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

NEW DATE: Steep Canyon Rangers, 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $54.50-$64.50. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

Joe Satriani, 8 p.m. Nov. 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $69.50-$124.50.

Paul Reiser, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $45.50-$63.50.

NEW DATE: Big Band of Brothers, 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 2023, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $62.50-$92.50. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

NEW DATE: Alan Doyle with Chris Trapper, 8 p.m. March 7, 2023, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $32-$40. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

NEW DATE: Eric Johnson, 8 p.m. March 14, 2023, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. $34.50-$59.50. All tickets will be honored at the new date.

Submit upcoming area shows to thinton@staugustine.com

This article originally appeared on St. Augustine Record: New Orleans trumpet player Shamarr Allen returning to St. Augustine