The Sheiks

The Sheiks at the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair

Photos by Mike Collins

The Sheiks

While technically hailing from St. Louis, The Sheiks played many New Orleans area venues often enough to be considered local. They often played at Jimmy's, Ole' Man Rivers, and the Riverboat President, as well as in Baton Rouge, Slidell, Thibodeaux, Gulfport, Destin, and more. The band often traveled up and down the "55 Highway," frequenting their hometown of St. Louis and making regular visits to Memphis and Chicago. Mike Collins captured and contributed the photo above. It's The Sheik's Michael O'Hara (keyboads & vocals) and Leslie (Marty) Martin on lead guitar performing at the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans. Get to more of Mike's shots with the links below. Or enjoy the video below of The Sheiks performing 55 Highway in Baton Rouge in August of 1982.

Michael O'Hara

Michael O'Hara of The Sheiks at the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair.

Mart Martin of The Sheiks

The Sheiks’ Leslie (Marty) Martin on lead guitar

Nick Ferber of The Sheiks

Nick Ferber of The Sheiks on bass

The Sheiks perform 55 Highway in Baton Rouge


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