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What Does A New Orleans Music Industry Actually Mean? Guest Editorial

Is New Orleans ready for a music industry in the “Nashville” sense? Producer, A&R Director, musician and Loyola University Music Indsutry instructor Scott Billington gives his perspective.

We Got A Good Thing

For a number of years, actually since after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, the character of both the French Quarter Festival (FQF) and the New Orleans Jazz & […]

Mardi Gras Mixed Emotions

Get out the face paint, the masks, the lewd costumes, the ladders, the beer and alcoholic beverages with a side of red beans and rice and fried chicken: Mardi Gras […]


Happy Mardi Gras, St. Paddy’s Day, Super Sunday and all the other big New Orleans parties. We have a unique way of celebrating here, from parades and debutantes and meetings […]

Mandatory Music Surcharges Could Pay Musicians More

One of the ways we use the Weekly Beat is to get our readers’ opinions on a variety of topics. Some months ago, our poll asked our readers—arguably a group […]

Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Once again, New Orleans is amking a push to improve and develop its music industry infrastructure.

Mojo Mouth, February 2019: Pushy Broads

This is another “year of the woman”—I mean, women. There are so many talented women in this world, it’s time that we females put our heads together to come up […]

Throw Us Some Money, Mister.

New Orleans lives and dies by its culture. That’s why we have such a thriving hospitality industry.  We’re not Nashville. We’re not Charleston, we’re not Dallas or Memphis. Certainly not Las […]

New Orleans Is Not Coachella:
Guest Editorial

Whenever Jazz Fest announces its upcoming lineup, there are always people who dislike and like to dispute the choices made for booking and managing the Fest. The 2019 complete lineup […]

Best of the Beat Is a Labor of Love

Publishing a print magazine in this day and time—a website, the Weekly Beat newsletter, social media, videos… well, it’s a lot of work for a small company. It is definitely […]