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Open-minded and Picky: Bubble Bath Records brings together a community of artists

Behind every major talent stands some invisible support system—or so the untrue saying goes. In reality, many New Orleans musical acts count only their band’s members as advocates. And most […]

The Nominations: The complete list of nominees for the Best of the Beat

  The OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation’s Best of the Beat Nominations are in. We solicited nominations from musicians and others in the music community. We then gave the […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Business: Doris Bastiansen of the Kerry Irish Pub

New Orleans has a long list of storied music venues known the world over for their timeless performances that connect musicians with the spirit of their audience members. And yet […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Herreast Harrison

Herreast Harrison’s life story sings of destiny. A soft-spoken yet sharp-witted and culturally astute and involved woman, Harrison, 81, took her cues from her mother, Mattie Johnson, in her love […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Dr. Michael White

Renowned and multiple-award-winning clarinetist, composer and educator Dr. Michael White came to learn that just performing New Orleans jazz was not enough. Part of the deal was carrying on the […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: John Snyder

When John Snyder joined the Loyola University faculty as the Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies, he brought decades of creativity and expertise to the job. “One […]

The Best Music of the Year: The 50 best albums of 2018

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 in 2018. […]

Music Is Freedom: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys celebrate 30 years

There was barely room to breathe November 3 at Fred’s Lounge in Mamou, a hole-in-the-wall world-famous for beer drinking and Cajun dancing at 8 a.m. (yes, 8 a.m.), Saturdays. A […]

The Fess Centennial: Professor Longhair’s 100th birthday

Henry Roeland Byrd was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana on December 19, 1918. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, the iconic pianist, vocalist and composer, affectionately called Fess, will be […]

I Did Every God Damned Thing Myself: The Dave Bartholomew Century

Dave Bartholomew celebrates his 100th birthday on Christmas Eve, just as New Orleans fetes its own 300th anniversary, a synchronicity that underscores Bartholomew’s indelible imprint on the music and culture […]