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Who Speaks For Music?

Who speaks for music? Is music in this city really that important? Is it credible enough as an economic and cultural force so that there is a “spokesperson” that can […]

Splintering Music Choices

Some 30 years ago before there was an OffBeat, there was no music writer at the daily newspaper (back then the Times-Picayune in its old “real” newspaper incarnation) was the […]

Anime Euphonium

One of the things I so love about this job is that I not only get to meet so many great people, I learn something every day. First those great […]

Continuing OffBeat’s Legacy?

This is probably a weird time to talk about this, but in the last few months, so many people have passed away that my own mortality has kind of slapped […]

A Tale of Maple Syrup

Let me tell you why I have such a great job. Today was kind of a rough morning for me. It was the day I had to travel to my […]

Music as Community

Today our first Jazz Fest visitors wandered into the office, and if this year is like any other, this is the tip of the iceberg. For the next couple of […]

Mission Accomplished?

Spring in New Orleans is the best time ever: lots of music, festivals, new beginnings. If you’re a visitor, we welcome you; and if you’re a local, we remind you… […]

The Importance of Rampart

There are many “cultural products” districts in New Orleans, and several unofficial music districts throughout the city, the most famous ones are Frenchmen Street and Bourbon Street. St. Claude is […]

Long Live WWOZ

After OffBeat published a letter by a recently-departed WWOZ staff member, the powers-that-be who own and oversee the station—the board of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation—finally took a […]

A True Family

Festivals are a tribute to our music and culture. They remind us of our visceral connection to each other through the simple magic of music and food—art forms, if you […]