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A Very Violent New Orleans

Last weekend, Thanksgiving, was unfortunately a very violent holiday for New Orleans. Of course, an incident on Bourbon Street (where one man was killed and nine others wounded) dominated all […]

Giving thanks

It’s time to wish all our readers and our community a heartfelt thanks for supporting New Orleans and Louisiana music and culture. Of course, you enjoy and love our art, […]

Magical Thinking

I heard early this morning from a staff member that Mose Allison, one of jazz’s great players, had passed away. Of course, we check information before we post or publish it, […]

How Bad Can The Future Be For Musicians?

How bad could the future be for our local musicians with the new president and his policies? Since last Tuesday’s election, many have been stunned by the results that selected […]

The allure, the charm, the relevance of the old

I’m not going to go into the political upheaval that struck us on Election Day. I’m way too shocked. I did hear that our illustrious former governor, Bobby Jindal, is […]

Women as Bitches, Uh, Leaders

Last week I listened to Episode 48 0f “Hidden Brain,” a podcast that regularly appears on NPR, and you should too, especially to this podcast on the catch-22 that most strong women […]

The Real and The Fake

As I write this, I’m looking out of my Frenchmen Street window watching a “Skull and Bones gang” and a “Mardi Gras Indian” prepare to parade down Frenchmen to Decatur. […]

Gone Pecan?

We have a warehouse filled with OffBeat print archives, going back to 1988, from the time the magazine was printed on newsprint, pre-internet and pre-digital age. It’s entertaining and humbling […]

Is New Orleans A Music City?

We at OffBeat are pretty biased (well, probably more than a little biased) towards calling New Orleans a music city. In fact, we’ve even dubbed it the “most musical city […]

Save Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park is still not where it could be. It contains the birthplace of New Orleans music: Congo Square, arguably the most sacred music-related site in this city. Armstrong Park—once […]