Author Archives: Jan Ramsey

Publisher, Editor-In-Chief, Ranter of New Orleans Music and Culture Magazine and publisher of the Louisiana Music Directory. Music activist and continuing pot-stirrer.

Meeting Ellis Marsalis in Paris

It was 1987 (pre-OffBeat), and I was really just getting into the New Orleans music scene, not really as a fan, but from a business standpoint. I had always been blown away by the wealth of talent here, and I was trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together: What makes New Orleans music [...]

What is Success?

This song by Allen Toussaint has always been a big favorite of mine. It clearly questions the meaning of a successful life: the pursuit of money, or doing the right thing, even if it doesn’t bring in cash. The words to this song resonate because most people who are involved in creative pursuits aren’t in [...]

Mannie Fresh Honored at Red Bull Tribute

On Saturday August 16 at Maison on Frenchmen Street, Red Bull Music Academy honors the career of Mannie Fresh, the pioneer of New Orleans bounce and hip-hop music, for the first time ever. The tribute, called “The Mind of Mannie Fresh,” will showcase artists who have influenced Mannie’s creativity, as well as producers who cite Mannie as a personal influence. “It [...]

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An Opportunity Awaits Someone with Vision in New Orleans

Just today, we got the news that New Orleans was passed over for the Super Bowl in 2018. That’s too bad, and not that smart on the part of the NFL. Of course, I’m not privy to the inner workings of the football mafia’s marketing strategy but I’m assuming that they are interested in spreading [...]

Welcome to the Church of New Orleans

I recently had dinner with friends I’ve known since I was in grammar school, two people who became a couple in grammar school, got married and are still together. Pretty amazing to have known friends that long who still have a relationship that lasted. Phil and Cathy love the Jazz Fest and were thrilled to [...]

Jazz Fest 1994

Guess who’s at Jazz Fest? Think I’ve changed since 1994? Well, chunkier and older for sure, and my hair got a lot more red, a little wiser, a lot deeper in debt, but I still enjoy Jazz Fest just as much as I did 20 years ago. I found this photo one night a few [...]

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Music Party Central

Years ago, OffBeat, the Louisiana Music Factory and WWOZ proclaimed themselves to be the “Louisiana Music Collective.” We all promote, market and love local music. We’re about to kick off a new phase of that collective. Post-Katrina, WWOZ moved to North Peters Street, a mere five blocks from our office on Frenchmen. And on March [...]

Mojo Mouth: Selfies Galore

I saw a piece on morning television today that was promoting the sale of charm necklaces that you could mix and match or wear all together. Each “wish necklace” had a charm with an icon representing a wish: love (symbolized by a heart), luck (symbolized by a four-leaf clover or horseshoe), success (symbolized by a [...]

Louisiana Music Factory Relocates to Frenchmen Street

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Mojo Mouth: Simply the Best

Twenty years ago, we decided to break the mold and do something that had never been done in New Orleans before: we put together awards to honor local musicians—and only local musicians. So that’s what we did. There’s a lot more to local music than “headliners” and the classic R&B performers and jazzmen, and we [...]