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Educate Yourself Before You Vote

Please carefully consider the qualifications and direct experience of all the candidates before you vote this Saturday. This issue of OffBeat’s Weekly Beat has links to pertinent questions asked to […]

In The Crosshairs?

In the wake of the beyond-horrific slaughter of concert-goers in Las Vegas this week, as live music lovers, and festival and concert attendees, we may be in for not only […]

Homeless Musicians?

I recently read a post on NOLA.com about a homeless man who was removed by the New Orleans Police Department. He was panhandling and “playing” a drum on the neutral […]

Blasted Festivals

The weather will have turned a bit cooler, hopefully, by the time this October issue hits the street. At least it will officially be fall. Fall means festival season hereabouts, […]

And The Poll Says

Last week we asked our readers in our Weekly Poll to weigh in on the most important issues our new mayor could address–and actually implement–for the music community of New […]

Mayor, Mayor, Mayor.
What To Do?

I was on the panel for the Mayoral Forum at the Carver Theater on Monday earlier this week. As I’ve written, this is the third such forum that I’ve helped […]

Get Busy, Get Educated

If you’re not educated about who’s the best mayoral candidate for New Orleans music community, here’s your chance. With all the problems we have in New Orleans—crime, educational issues, corruption, […]


God help the poor people of Houston (and Port Arthur, Beaumont, Lake Charles, and more at this writing. All I could do was think about them yesterday on the anniversary […]

Redheads and Mayors

Notice anything different? Do I look my age? Got tired of the flaming red and decided to go platinum, which is closer to what my hair really looks like. But […]

New Mayor Needs To Know More About Music

It’s been almost eight years since we elected a mayor. The last two mayors, Mitch Landrieu and Ray Nagin, participated in a forum organized and sponsored by OffBeat ) in […]