Offbeat Cover for January, 2012

January 2012 Contents

Cover Story

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Award: George Porter, Jr.


Best of the Beat Heartbeat Award: Mary Howell

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Business Award: Scott Billington

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Education Award: John Rankin

No Limit Forever: Dawn of the Don II?

The 40 Best Louisiana Albums of 2011


The Soul Rebels

Photo Op

J. Yuenger: Ship Captain

OffBeat Eats

Dining Out: Carmo

Nathan Allen of Luke Starkiller Hits the Spot at The Beach House

The Gravy: In the Kitchen with June Yamagishi


Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Hornets Put the “i” in Hive

New Orleans in New York

The Blues Music Awards: Who’s the Bluest?

The Grammy Awards: Everything vs. Everything Else

The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band: What’s in a Name?

Wizard World Comic Con: When Titans Clash


Six Degrees of Coco Robicheaux


Ani DiFranco, Which Side Are You On? (Righteous Babe Records)

James Booker, Blues and Ragtime from New Orleans (Black Sun Music)

James Booker, The Piano Prince of New Orleans (Black Sun Music)

Kathleen Lee, Coming Up For Air (MTT Records)

Kidd Jordan, On Fire (Engine Records)

Ratty Scurvics and the Black Market Butchers, In Time (Rookery Records)

Ruthie Foster, Live at Antone’s (Blue Corn Records)

Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition, Let the Groove Move Ya (CSP Records)

The Soul Rebels, Unlock Your Mind (Rounder Records)

The Wee Trio, Ashes to Ashes: A David Bowie Intraspective (Bionic Records)

Vin Bruce, Dans La Louisianne (Bear Family Records)


Sun Ra, This Planet is Doomed: The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra (Kicks Books)

Thomas W. Jacobsen, Traditional New Orleans Jazz: Conversations with the Men Who Make the Music (LSU Press)

Mojo Mouth

More Music, More Attention

Plan A: Upcoming Shows

The Kills at House of Blues January 26


January 2012 Letters