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Satchmo SummerFest is great,
with much potential

The press conference for the 13th annual Satchmo SummerFest is this Thursday morning , one of the unsung heroes of local festivals. You might think it’s a crazy idea to […]

Awards Sometimes
Need A Grain of Salt

Last Saturday night, much of the OffBeat staff and myself attended the New Orleans Press Club’s annual Awards Show and Party. Every March local “press” (which also includes anyone who’s involved […]

Hollywood South
Now Also Includes Music

New Orleans is nicknamed “Hollywood South” because of the numbers of film productions taking place here. This has only been a recent development and is almost entirely due to the […]

Voice of the Brand

I’m in Chicago this week attending a conference called “Voice of The Brand: Music.” It’s an intense two-day confab of companies looking to brand themselves by using music, giving music […]

Essence Night #3: Beyonce Brings Glitz, But Janelle Monae Takes The Night

On the last night of Essence Fest I fell in love…but no, not with Beyonce. That’s who the sold-out crowd was there for, but to these ears it was Janelle […]

Essence Night #2:
Uncle Charlie and Bad-Boy Bobby

Since the Essence Festival tends to run like a tightly scripted, expensively produced TV show, it’s a mild shock when someone delivers a set that’s a little loose and a […]

Essence Night #1: Jill Scott Triumphs, Maxwell Stays Cool

Friday’s Essence festivities kicked off at the Convention Center with a series of panels dubbed the “Empowerment Experience.” Since the target audience was female, black and upwardly mobile, I came […]

Trumpeting a Music Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame: it exists—but does it really? Currently, the organization is online only. There are no bricks and mortar or artifacts or an educational component to […]