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Amanda Schurr joins OffBeat

Am wishing you, in advance, a happy Katrina Day. It’s been seven years to the day when we were almost wiped off the face of the earth by that lovely […]

Hurricane Anxiety

Am sitting in my (still) Katrina-damaged home thinking to myself: “Can we go through this again?” As of this writing, Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to strengthen and hit the […]

Oh, boo hoo.

Here we go again: this morning’s Time-Pic had another letter protesting live music. Published right at the top of the Letters page, it’s the same old complainers, the moneyed classes […]

How Ironic

When the last mayoral race took place, OffBeat Magazine, the Loyola Music Business Studies program and MusicSwingsVotes.org and several concerned members of the music community, including Reid Wick of the […]

Killing the Goose

Front page of the Times-Pic (counting down to semi-oblivion) today: “Live music permit crackdown unplugs two popular bars.” The Circle Bar on St. Charles Avenue and Siberia on St. Claude […]

Satchmo Summerfest: Much More Than I’ll Ever Know

I grew up believing that Louis Armstrong was born on the Fourth of July in the year 1900. I always thought it was appropriate for the great, American cultural hero […]

Satchmo and Big Ideas

Okay, I know I’m supposed to be a music nerd, but I’m less of a nerd than a fan. Music moves me. I don’t try to analyze it too much, […]