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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 […]

Hot Like the Sun: The Revivalists celebrate at home

When do you know that your band is really making it? When strangers at the airport start pointing you out? When half the radio stations in the country seem to […]

The Fats Domino Starter Mix

Nobody should have to settle for ten Fats Domino songs, since the man left us such an embarrassment of riches (and the last we checked, the hundred-song Imperial box could […]

Echoes of Laurel Canyon: Susan Cowsill’s new series

Susan Cowsill is usually associated with two cities: Newport, Rhode Island, the original home of her singing family, and New Orleans, her home for the past two decades. But some […]

Online Exclusive: The Big Cheezy – NOLA Mac N Cheese Fest Debuts

So you thought that New Orleans had a festival for every kind of food? Not quite, since macaroni and cheese somehow fell through the cracks. That will be remedied on […]

Lost Bayou Ramblers, “Kalenda” (Rice Pump)

When Cajun music gets progressive—and we’re thinking of a couple landmark albums that the Bluerunners and Steve Riley made in the late ’90s—that usually means adding some rock influence and […]

Jenna Guidry, “Back to Me” (Independent)

Jenna Guidry was 11 when she released “Cajun Angel,” her first song to make a local impression. At the time she already had a voice that sounded a good decade […]

A Pop Masterpiece: For Evie Sands, Making Music is Like Breathing

As any Ponderosa Stomp-goer knows, there are certain records that you need enlightened ears to appreciate. Evie Sands’ 1965 near-hit, “Take Me for a Little While,” isn’t one of those. […]