Author Archives: Alex Oliver

From the Archive: Bela Fleck

In 1989, Béla Fleck was in a bit of a predicament: He found himself scrambling to find a band to back him for a PBS Lonesome Pine television special. Given the short time Fleck had to assemble the Flecktones, the outcome is amazing. Since their formation, Béla and the Flecktones have recorded five records, one [...]

Comments (0) | Posted in Features

Galactic Blasts Off

We’re sorry, but this article is currently unavailable online. We are going to gradually add more and more to the online archives. For now, you can purchase the back issue containing this article from our Store.

Comments (0) | Posted in Features

Various Artists, Ain’t No Funk Like N.O. Funk (Bullseye Blues & Jazz

We’re sorry, but this article is currently unavailable online. We are going to gradually add more and more to the online archives. For now, you can purchase the back issue containing this article from our Store.

Comments (0) | Posted in Reviews

Unplugged: A Brief History and Goodbye

This marks the last installment of my column, and August will be the first month since June of 1993 that I won’t be working at OffBeat in some capacity — from intern, to Louisiana Music Directory Coordinator, to New Media Manager, and a contributing writer throughout. While I’m sorry not to be working with OffBeat [...]

Local Roots Music On-Line; New Music Scoring Software

The World Wide Web just got a big dose of funk, blues, greazy Fishhead rock, and New Orleans by-way-of Sweden funky blues/rock thanks to new sites by local veteran musicians George Porter, Jr., Brint Anderson, Camile Baudoin and Anders Osborne, respectively. Once the domain of primarily younger bands, this latest crop of sites from New [...]

Chocolate Milk, Ice Cold Funk: The Greatest Grooves of Chocolate Milk (Razor & Tie)

We’re sorry, but this article is currently unavailable online. We are going to gradually add more and more to the online archives. For now, you can purchase the back issue containing this article from our Store. lizmoneywho’s gonna take this challenge?! RT @Johnnyevans: RT @OffBeatMagazine: take out a full page print ad as your tweet [...]

Comments (0) | Posted in Reviews

Best and Worst of Jazz Fest 1998, The Fans’ Perspective

Once again this year, the Internet and, especially, the World Wide Web proved an invaluable tool for Jazz Fest visitors as well as an open forum for music fans to discuss highlights and disappointments of the 1998 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Even local television media finally caught on to the frenzy of pre-Jazz [...]

Fest Feedback, Take Two

What a topic this Jazz Fest booking question is. After posting the question, “What do you think about this year’s Jazz Fest line-up” to our Web site, our mailbox has been flooded with responses. Last month’s “Plugged In” included just the beginning of the interesting comments we’ve received, so this month we’ll try to cram [...]

Fest Focus: The Skatalites

Comments (0) | Posted in Features

Fest Focus: Ronnie Dawson

Of all the artists playing Jazz Fest this year, Ronnie Dawson certainly has the strangest career trajectory. Rather than hitting it big with a record when starting out and building a career on that, the 59-year-old Texas guitarist insists he’s only just gotten started in the last ten years, despite playing in the early days [...]

Comments (0) | Posted in Features