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Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Clarence Johnson III

“I’m not necessarily just trying to play music, I’m using music to imitate life,” says the ever-soulful and spiritual saxophonist Clarence Johnson III. “Guys like Wayne Shorter, they’ll go in […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Anders Osborne

When Anders Osborne started his Send Me a Friend foundation last year, he had a simple goal: He wanted musicians in recovery from substance addiction to continue working as musicians. […]

Bon Voyage!: Music on the High Seas

The coming months will find a few local favorites taking to the high seas. Concert cruises have become a big deal in recent years, one of the ultimate indulgences for […]

The complete list of nominees for Best of the Beat

The OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation’s Best of the Beat Awards 2017 nominations are in. We solicited nominations from musicians and others in the music community. We then gave […]

Simply the Best: The 50 Best Albums of 2017

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 2017. […]

Web Exclusive: Doin’ Something Different – Ivan Neville’s NOLA nites

Ivan Neville has reach. So there’s a good chance if he calls a musician up for a gig and they’re free they’ll say, “Yea, man.” That’s what the keyboardist, vocalist […]

Web Exclusive: Remembering Fats

I was friends with Fats for the last twenty and a half years of his life, and I am still amazed that I got to ride the tail end of […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder: A Louisiana Christmas with Loose Cattle

Rod Hodges walked into the Music Shed in mid-August to cut tracks for Loose Cattle’s Christmas album, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and a muggy New Orleans summer day suddenly transformed into […]

Tricky Repertoire: The Soul Rebels step out of the box

Since the late 1990s, the Soul Rebels brass band has forged its own brand of New Orleans music. The eight-piece outfit may look like a traditional brass band, but the […]

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr., arguably the greatest ambassador of New Orleans music, one of the founders of rhythm and blues, as well as rock ’n’ roll, died peacefully while in […]