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In Memoriam: Charles Neville (1938-2018)

Saxophonist Charles Neville — forever known to fans as “Charlie, the horn man”—was the secret ingredient in the Neville Brothers’ mix, the brother whose jazz instincts took them to another […]

Fest Focus: Banu Gibson

THURSDAY, MAY 3—ECONOMY HALL TENT, 4:25 P.M.   There aren’t many musicians who can match singer Banu Gibson’s knowledge of and passion for the vocal jazz of the ’20s and […]

Interpreting the Blues: John Mayall’s continued influence

What John Mayall did from 1964–66 probably couldn’t be attempted today: He launched a band of mostly-younger players, each of whom became a major force in English music over the […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: Louisiana roots

Festival time is upon us, which makes this an appropriate time to deal some of the most timeless New Orleans music. For this month’s 300 Songs installment, we go back […]

Zoukeys, “Senzorga” (Speak Jolly)

You’d expect a New Orleans fusion band to be eclectic, and Zoukeys are just a little more so. The five songs on their debut EP include a taste of progressive […]

DiNola, “Up High” (Saustex)

You can’t say too much about a disc whose best song is called “Shut Up,” and DiNola are the type of band that you’d rather just play really loud. Led […]

Raw and Nervy: Sonia Tetlow’s sense of optimism

When Sonia Tetlow started playing around town, doing raw and nervy songs with an acoustic guitar, she got told she was too rock for folk and too folk for rock. […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: Mardi Gras songs

Welcome to what may be the most ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken here at OffBeat. As promised last month, in honor of the 300th birthday of New Orleans, we’re going […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Anders Osborne

When Anders Osborne started his Send Me a Friend foundation last year, he had a simple goal: He wanted musicians in recovery from substance addiction to continue working as musicians. […]

Bon Voyage!: Music on the High Seas

The coming months will find a few local favorites taking to the high seas. Concert cruises have become a big deal in recent years, one of the ultimate indulgences for […]