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Super Sunday: Injuns Here Dey Come… Again

The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council is perhaps best recognized by the general population for presenting its spectacular Indian Super Sunday parade. It’s held annually Uptown on the third […]

Indian Secrets: Old and new Mardi Gras Indian traditions face off

“I’m not going to tell you my secrets now,” warns Clarence “Chief Delco” Delcour of the Creole Osceola Mardi Gras Indian gang. “I come from the old school of it; […]

Musicians’ Tattoos: Ink Tells the Tale

Musicians tell their stories through sound, but also on their skin.  OffBeat invited six Louisiana musicians to talk about their tattoos, why they got them and how their meanings and […]

Dennis Paul Williams: Zydeco’s Chordiologist in Residency

“I was never a zydeco guitar player,” explains Dennis Paul Williams, guitarist with Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas. “Back in the day, everybody was like, ‘You don’t sound like a […]

The Winners at Best of the Beat

The 22nd annual Best of the Beat Music Awards and party were held on January 19 at Generations Hall. The house was packed with the nominees, not only hoping to […]

Celebrating Louisiana Music: Best of the Beat in Photos

The Best of the Beat Awards enjoyed great support this year from many local sponsors and media partners: Generations Hall, the Orpheum Theater, WHIV, WWL-TV, WWNO, White Oak Productions, Positive […]

Marcus Roberts: New Orleans’ Adopted Son

“If you’re in any band and something goes wrong, you should assume that it’s your fault and try to fix it,” virtuosic pianist, composer and educator Marcus Roberts advises his […]

Author Alyn Shipton talks about working with Danny Barker

“The house was like a cardboard box full of paper,” Alyn Shipton says of his initial impression on stepping into the Sere Street home of Danny and Blue Lu Barker. […]

The 50 Best Albums of 2016

We’ve polled our writers and editorial staff and have gathered 50 of our most recommended albums of the year. We didn’t include reissues and only included releases reviewed by us […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award: Darryl Young/Dancing Man 504

“I was asked one time: ‘Dancing Man, what is your signature move?’ “I told them, ‘A smile.’” Darryl Young, known (literally) the world over as Dancing Man 504, says this […]