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Music Museum Planned For Canal Street

Guess what? I just heard through the grapevine that the City of New Orleans is going to completely fund the building of a New Orleans Music Museum in the old […]

Who Cares About Money?

I’m in the process of reviewing CDs for the Jazz Fest issue, and as is often the case with local recordings, I can hear choices made for economic reasons. Corners […]

On Bunchy

This weekend, the funeral was held for Bunchy Johnson, and the comments on our site are a reminder of what a beloved figure he was. Here’s an email sent to […]

Line of the Day

“I’m in this for life like Vince Marinello.” – Truth Universal, from “Straight 48” on the new Guerilla Business.

Kermit Ruffins Gets the “Real” Treatment

Last night, I went to see Kermit Ruffins and made an unpleasant discovery: The Real World has found Vaughan’s. MTV’s The Real World is one of the pioneering reality shows, one […]

Computer Woes and Jazz Futures

The day we presented our Best of The Beat Business Awards, on January 20th, I was at my desk working like a madwoman to try to finish up guests lists, […]

Yellow Pocahontas TM

Yesterday’s New York Times has a story on an unusual approach by Mardi Gras Indians to monetizing their suits – they’re copyrighting them. An age-old thorn in Indians’ side has been […]

Blood and Feedback: a SXSW Diary

[OffBeat‘s Aaron LaFont continues his SXSW diary] Day 3: Friday at SXSW – the big day. I arrived downtown sometime in the mid-afternoon. Stop one: bratwurst. Stop two: 6th Street. I think I’m […]

Black and Gold (Again! and Again!)

If you liked K. Gates’ “Black and Gold” during this year’s Saints season, you’ll get a chance to enjoy it live not once but twice during Jazz Fest as he’s […]

Pizza, Parades and Texting MCs: a SXSW Diary

[OffBeat contributor Aaron LaFont was also at SXSW: here’s the first two days of his diary] Day 1: A sense of utter disbelief soon followed by a somber ache came […]