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Brian Blade talks back

“Sometimes I think New Orleans might as well be Paris,” says Brian Blade, 46, a Shreveport native who moved back to his hometown some three and a half years ago. […]

Dining Out: The Delachaise

On New Orleans’ most famous avenue, at the confluence of Aline and Delachaise Streets, lies an oasis of Parisian life where the cheese boards are a-plenty and time passes slowly, […]

Marc Paradis hits the Spot at The Ruby Slipper

Are you a regular here? I’ve been here lots of times; I live just down the road. I love the food and they make great coffee. This is a good […]

In the Spirit: Lauren Holton at Turkey and the Wolf

“I love unusual ingredients. The basis behind all the cocktails I make is that I want there to be some kind of story behind each one. I think of a name […]

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 […]

Thomas W. Jacobsen (1935-2017)

Thomas W. Jacobsen, OffBeat contributor and author, died at home in St. Louis of lung cancer on January 15. Jacobsen was devoted to jazz music since he was a teenager, […]