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Close Down Frenchmen Street

The OffBeat office has been located on Frenchmen Street for almost 20 years. The only other club that was around back then that still exists is Snug Harbor—others have changed […]

Satchmo and Katrina

Satchmo SummerFest is back, celebrating the life of Louis Armstrong. It’s good to continue to call attention to the genius that was Armstrong, and to keep reminding the public that […]

The Devil’s In The Details

One of my favorite all-time songs is Todd Rundgren’s “Want of a Nail,” because its lyrics tell the story of how the devil’s in the details. If you don’t focus, then everything, […]

Irvin Mayfield Saga Continues

In this issue of OffBeat, we published a couple of letters we received regarding Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Library Foundation scandal, and OffBeat’s editorial response to the letters. […]

Independence Day

Independence Day, aka the “Fourth,” is hitting us on Saturday, concurrent, as usual, with the annual Essence Festival. Personally, I really like the Essence lineup this year, but if I […]

Thank You Harold Battiste

I met Harold Battiste, Jr. for the first time when he first moved back to New Orleans, around 1992. We were still in our offices in the Masonic Temple Building […]

Harold and Bunny

This week was one that threw me for a loop. When people you know well start passing away, or get really sick, you start thinking more about your own mortality. […]

Jazz Exhibit Coming, A Real Museum Next?

I’m hopeful again. The Louisiana State Museum (LSM) has 6000-square-foot exhibit planned focusing on New Orleans jazz that will be housed on the riverside second floor of the Old U.S. Mint. […]

Only in Louisiana

As a long-time advocate of legalized marijuana, I was glad to see that our backwards state was considering passing a very cautious bill towards the legalization of marijuana for medicinal […]

Jazz Memorabilia Exhibit in the Works

The Louisiana State Museum in the Old U.S. Mint at the foot of Esplanade Avenue has the most extensive collection of New Orleans jazz memorabilia in the city, and for years, […]