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Boy Is It Hot…

When OffBeat first started, I was much younger, full of a lot more ambition than now, and I could never understand why things in New Orleans slowed down to a […]

New Orleans 2.0, or Tell Me Why You Live Here

New Orleans used to be a pretty cheap and affordable place to live. But that’s changed a lot over the past three to five years. You can’t find a decent […]

Everybody’s Money is Green

The 2016 edition of Essence Festival is behind us, and promoters claim that numbers increased this year to 450,000 attendees. Clearly, Essence has a major impact on the city’s economy […]

Making A Living Making Music

I doubt if most readers of OffBeat who don’t make their a living as a musician understand what it’s really like to be a musician, or a songwriter, or in a […]

Free To Be You & Me

I’m writing this now as my puppy is sleeping on the sofa in my office, the AC is on and I’m comfortable at work, and in my own skin; at […]

Satchmo, Not in Armstrong Park. Again.

It’s just been announced that Satchmo SummerFest event in early August is leaving its home of the last 15 years at the Old U.S. Mint, and is moving to Jackson […]

Crescent Park, A Hidden Gem in Plain Sight

In February of this year, Crescent Park opened. The park—a 1.4 mile, 20-acre stretch of linear park—hugs the shore of the Mississippi River and runs through the Bywater. The park […]

Go-Cups Here, There and Everywhere

One of our distinct local pleasures is the ability to carry our beverages—including alcoholic—with us as we party in the streets in the so-called go-cup. It’s a New Orleans tradition, […]

New Orleans Needs More Teamwork

If you’re reading this, you love New Orleans, especially New Orleans music. What’s the best thing about living here? My answer would be the people and the way we interact. […]

Skeptics Abound—Will The Eagle Saloon Rebound?

In January 2015, OffBeat published a story by David Kunian about how many of the landmarks that mark this city as the birthplace of jazz have either been destroyed or […]