Offbeat Cover for December, 2009

December 2009 Contents

Cover Story

What Will Santa Say?


A Homegrown Christmas

Keys to the City: OffBeat’s Top 40 CDs of 2009

Music from Thin Air

What’s in the Bag, Santa?


Harry Shearer

OffBeat Eats

Dining Out: Lakeview Harbor

Rik Slave Hits the Spot at Herbsaint

The Gravy: In the Kitchen with Sophie Lee

The Maestro: Patrick Van Hoorebeek, Maitre d’ of Restaurant August


Back to the Country

Con the Con

First HAMP Knowledge

Simien, the Mouse and the Frog

We Write the Songs

What Hall?


Clarinet Player Ralph Johnson Passes Away

RIP Ernest “Skipper” Skipper, Jr., Funeral Services to be held Friday, December 18, 2009


Ben Maygarden, Come On, If You’re Coming (Shortstack)

Bob Dylan, Christmas in the Heart (Columbia)

Bonerama, Hard Times (High Steppin’)

Carla Bley: “Carla’s Christmas Carols”

Charlie Miller, Christmas in New Orleans (Independent)

Chuck Carbo, Life’s Ups and Downs (504)

Corey Ledet, A Matter of Time (Independent)

David Greely, Sud de Sud (Give and Go)

Fred Anderson, 21st Century Chase (Live at Anderson’s 80th Birthday Bash at the Velvet Lounge) (Delmark)

Garage a Trois, Power Patriot (Royal Potato Family)

I, Octopus, I’d Rather Be a Lightning Rod Than a Seismograph (Independent)

Kermit Ruffins, Have a Crazy Cool Christmas (Basin Street)

Kristin Diable, Extended Play (Speakeasy)

Lindsay Mendez, Reaching Out (Rabadash)

Mia Borders, Southern Fried Soul (Independent)

Mike Zito, Pearl River (Electro Groove)

Neil Diamond, A Cherry Cherry Christmas (Columbia)

Onward Brass Band, The Tradition Continues (OBB)

Paul Sanchez, Farewell to Storyville (Threadhead)

Ray Charles, The Spirit of Christmas (Concord)

Shane Theriot, Dirty Power (Shose)

Sugarland, Gold and Green (Mercury)

Various Artists, A Family Christmas (Putumayo)

Various Artists, A Very Threadhead Holiday (Threadhead)

Various Artists, Christmas with Sinatra and Friends (Concord)

Various Artists, Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare and Other-Worldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007 (Tompkins Square)

Wayne Toups, Live 2009 (Swallow)


Thomas L. Morgan, Historic Photos of New Orleans Jazz (Turner Publishing)

Mojo Mouth

Vote for Culture

Plan A: Upcoming Shows

Christmas Concerts

John Prine


December 2009 Letters