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Ear to the Ground: Anders Osborne

After years spent as a globe-trotting, musician—including stints at an Israeli bar and a French ski resort—Swedish guitarist Anders Osborne finally settled down in New Orleans two years ago. And […]


Astral Project   Anyone who has truly experienced an Astral Project performance knows the outer limits of music’s transportive powers. The Jazz Fest Astral journey departs from the Fair Grounds […]

Club Scout

Let’s presume: you’re reading this issue of OffBeat so you’re probably in New Orleans and not, thankfully, somewhere ridiculous.  You are already aware of that massive smorgasbord of music in […]

A Jazz (and More) Fest Welcome

Numerous local music aficionados often describe various musical events and gatherings around the state as “what The Jazz Fest used to be”—the implication being that the Jazz & Heritage Festival […]

The Real Roots

Between the strong lineups for Festival International de Louisiane and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1992 is shaping up to be quite a year for lovers of African […]

Spring Is Upon Us; Start It With Spare Parts

Springtime in New Orleans means festival time with the French Quarter Festival (April 10-12) and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the end of the month. Roadtrippers will be […]

Acadian Allons Au Video

Before you pass a real good time this month, you might want to sample a few Cajun concoctions on video just to set your mood straight some, cher. The 1989 […]

Steve Riley: Cajun Crusader

Mardi Gras night in Mamou, Louisiana, and the main street stage is being broken down. The riders who were triumphantly dancing on horseback this afternon have all gone home to […]

Festival Exotique: Festival International de Louisiane Brings Cultural Tidbits from Around the Globe to Cajun Country

As April rolls around and the thoughts of most New Orleanians turn to Jazz Fest, another wonderful music and arts celebration—Festival International de Louisiane—is also shifting into gear. One of […]

Take A Chaw on These Mardi Gras Tidbits

Get out your new suits, gang, ’cause Mardi Gras is just a few days away. But meanwhile, take a chaw from our latest batch of plugs… DIAMOND DATES DEPT… Just […]