Author Archives: Jan Ramsey

Publisher, Editor-In-Chief, Ranter of New Orleans Music and Culture Magazine and publisher of the Louisiana Music Directory. Music activist and continuing pot-stirrer.

Music Party Central

Years ago, OffBeat, the Louisiana Music Factory and WWOZ proclaimed themselves to be the “Louisiana Music Collective.” We all promote, market and love local music. We’re about to kick off a new phase of that collective. Post-Katrina, WWOZ moved to North Peters Street, a mere five blocks from our office on Frenchmen. And on March [...]

Mojo Mouth: Selfies Galore

I saw a piece on morning television today that was promoting the sale of charm necklaces that you could mix and match or wear all together. Each “wish necklace” had a charm with an icon representing a wish: love (symbolized by a heart), luck (symbolized by a four-leaf clover or horseshoe), success (symbolized by a [...]

Louisiana Music Factory Relocates to Frenchmen Street

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Mojo Mouth: Simply the Best

Twenty years ago, we decided to break the mold and do something that had never been done in New Orleans before: we put together awards to honor local musicians—and only local musicians. So that’s what we did. There’s a lot more to local music than “headliners” and the classic R&B performers and jazzmen, and we [...]

The Palm Court Jazz Cafe’s George H. Buck Dead at Age 84, Funeral Services Announced

George H. Buck, jazz pioneer and advocate, has died at the age of 84 after suffering a heart attack. Buck was born in New Jersey, but moved with his wife Nina to New Orleans in the late 1980s. He was a New Orleans-based entrepreneur who devoted his life to jazz. He acquired record company labels and [...]

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2013 Blues Awards Nominees Announced

Several Louisiana artists are inlcuded in the annual Blues Awards that are awarded each year by the Blues Foundation.  The Blues Foundation  produces the annual Blues Music Awards, which will be presented this year at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The Blues Music Awards, now in their [...]

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Louisiana Music Factory Moves To Frenchmen Street

I’ve kept it to myself for long enough: the Louisiana Music Factory, the city’s most comprehensive source for New Orleans and Louisiana music, will move from its current and second location at 210 Decatur Street to the first floor of 421 Frenchmen Street at the corner of Decatur in early 2014. The location was most [...]

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Mojo Mouth: ‘Tis the Season

As I write this, it’s sunny and beautiful outside, in mid-November; pre-Thanksgiving and way, way before Christmas. And yet I do have the Christmas spirit. I’m especially grateful to my dear husband and partner who’s my anchor as well as my ballast, and who puts a lot more work into OffBeat and into taking care [...]

Nicholas Payton Subject of “Legends Series” at the Little Gem

It’s a tribute to New Orleans’ musicians that they continually honor their ancestors and take evolution of our musical traditions seriously. Music is nothing if it doesn’t change and flow into the future. Pianist and singer Davell Crawford came up with a concept that would include both an investigation of the creative process via an [...]

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Mojo Mouth: Legacies

I am grateful every day that I get to have a job doing what I like to do. Music and the arts have always been much more important to me than making a buck, and lucky me, I created a gig for myself that allows us to pay our living expenses, compensate our staff and [...]