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My Music: Jenna Guidry

“I was born in Raceland, Louisiana and have lived in New Orleans since I was a sophomore in high school; I’m 21 now. I had my first singing lessons when […]

The Difference Between New Orleans and Nashville

My friend John Snyder, attorney, producer, professor and visionary recently retired as the director of Loyola’s Music Industry Studies Program. A lot of students and colleagues (myself included) hated to […]

Letters to the Editor, November 2019

Subscription prices You evil bastards… you know you have me over a barrel with these price hikes. I can no more resist renewing my subscription to OffBeat than I can […]

Resistance & Existence: Brandan “Bmike” Odums’ Truth-telling Activism

“New Orleans is a place where you can just fall into art,” says Brandan “Bmike” Odums. “You can find it anywhere, without a cost of admission.” We’re sitting in his […]

We Are The Rhythm: Bamboula 2000 embraces Cuba as it turns 25

Bamboula 2000 — which is celebrating its 25th anniversary—and David D Omni, a Cuban multi-faceted artist, make the miles between New Orleans and the island nation vanish on their collaborative […]

Lower 9 Valentine: Esther Rose’s emotional resonance

It’s hard to imagine a place where people are more devoted to music than New Orleans, mainly because there isn’t one. Even so, a number of musicians who call the […]

Dining Out: Banana Blossom

Banana Blossom opened at its original location in an unassuming strip mall in Gretna a decade ago. It quickly became a word-of-mouth destination dining hot spot for some of the […]

Terence Blanchard talks back

In June, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it will stage an opera by an African-American composer for the first time in the company’s 163-year history. New Orleans jazz trumpeter Terence […]

Solid As A Rock: Roland Guerin is not waiting for a stamp of approval

Roland Guerin keeps good company. A master of six-string bass, he put the bottom in Allen Toussaint’s band during the composer-pianist-producer’s second act as a world-traveling concert artist. Guerin spent […]