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Bryan Lee: Behind Those Shaded Eyes

Bryan gets up from the bar, after his thirty minute break, and walks the familiar walk. His path to the stage has been trodden a thousand times but the journey […]

Cajun Capers: Lafayette’s Festivals Acadiens

Grab your dancing partner, pack up your dancing shoes and head over to Lafayette this month. Festivals Acadiens, the Cajun equivalent of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, takes […]

NewsBeat August 1989

The summer season, now steaming into oblivion, seems to be shaping up as a time of evolution and emergence for New Orleans music and musicians. Crescent City and Louisiana sounds […]

Egalitarian Gourmet, Part One

Eating in New Orleans is not something you do in order to be able to pursue other activities, but the reverse. Neither religion, sex, nor even politics can compete with […]

Obscure Wonders

Most visitors to New Orleans are quickly made aware of the standard sights and tourist fare. Beyond Bourbon Street there is the French Quarter, the Garden District, the streetcar, the […]

New Music-Progressive in Perspective: An OffBeat Primer

On a recent Saturday night, the variety of music available in New Orleans was enough to generate an Excedrin headache in even the most earnest of aficionados. The French Quarter, […]


Looking for a hot time over the Labor Day weekend? With South Louisiana’s sultry summer weather and a zydeco festival, you’ve got it! The seventh annual Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival […]

Save the Bones: A Conversation with Danny Barker

Danny Barker is a jazz legend. He has spent his life in the jazz hothouses of New Orleans and New York at times when these scenes were exploding in critical […]

Quintessential Louisiana Cool

In certain places and times there have been those among us who have been so proficient in expressing their unique inner fires that even while pushing everything to the edge […]

The Roots of Jazz, Part Two

While many people think of jazz strictly in terms of brilliant soloists, the heart of jazz remains essentially an ensemble music of collective improvisation that swings and employs “blue notes.” […]