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Could Have Been Worse: Paul Sanchez Remembers Herman Ernest’s Final Recording Session

In the June issue of OffBeat the cover story was an account of the latest performance of the fascinating Paul Sanchez-directed production Nine Lives: The Musical. My research for the story ended […]

Newhouse Is People Too

In recent days, New Orleanians have been agonizing over the downsizing of the Times-Picayune by the parent Newhouse corporation. The loss of jobs in a town this closely knit has […]


Everyone needs inspiration. Sometimes when life gets tough, it’s that little bit of hope that keeps you going. Sometimes it comes from totally unexpected places. I learned this in spades […]

Future New Orleans Stars from Donald Harrison’s New Jazz School Play Free Concert

Many promising, young New Orleans jazz students will perform Friday at Isidore Newman School in a free concert organized by New Jazz School, Donald Harrison‘s high school jazz education program […]

Tell Us What You Want

The ongoing saga of the decimation of the Times-Picayune continues. Like many others in the city, I was glued to the Facebook page “Friends of the Times-Picayune Editorial Staff”. It […]

Harry Shearer Taps Dr. John, Nicholas Payton, Tommy Malone, On New Album

Comedian/musician Harry Shearer, in news recently after his spot-on editorial about the demise of the Times-Picayune, has a new album, Can’t Take a Hint, scheduled for release August 27. Guest […]

John Fogerty Re-Records “Proud Mary” at Piety Street Studios with Allen Toussaint

Bywater residents are used to checking out the folks emerging from 728 Piety Street in hopes of getting a glimpse at a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer or two. […]

Dead Papers?

When OffBeat came about, the music business was very different. There were musicians, recording studios, labels, distribution companies, and retail record stores. By the time OffBeat was first published, CDs […]

The Radiators: One Year After the Last Watusi

This coming weekend marks the approximate first anniversary of “The Last Watusi”, a weekend’s worth of of farewell shows at Tipitina’s by the Radiators. After 33 years, the band that […]