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What Do We Want to be when we grow up?

What do we want to be when we grow up? How does New Orleans begin to capitalize on its music and actually become a bona fide music city? GNO, Inc., the econmic development arm of city government, is funding a study and has sent out an RFP to find out.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I had the pleasure this week of speaking to a small class of teenaged musicians, led by local clarinetist Gregory Agid. Agid is the Artistic Director of the Second Line […]

Pick Up A Book, Put Down The Gun

I just polled the OffBeat staff to see how many of us are actually reading books these days. I’m relieved to say that almost all of our staff are big […]

A Modest Proposal

New Orleans summer doldrums are officially here. Hurricane season, too. As I write this, there’s a possible tropical storm brewing in the Gulf—or is it a subtropical depression? One never […]

How things change. Or not.

In 1984, almost two generations ago, the 1984 World’s  Fair  took over New Orleans, and there was a ton of attention that was focused on the city. Back then, I […]

Keep your mind open

As a veteran festival-goer, my routine usually involves staying away from the “big names.” I know that the headliners at the big fests are the ones who are the big […]

Are free festivals a thing of the past?

The upcoming (and always free) Bayou Boogaloo will be forced to charge a $5.00 admission on Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday a $10.00 admission fee after 3 p.m. The […]

We Need More

As I work and write this, I’m listening to Bonerama pump out an in-store at the Louisiana Music Factory downstairs. How lucky are we OffBeaters that we get to listen […]

Back to Bourbon

If you’re familiar with our fair city, you know we tend to get stuck in our ways. We’ve never been a city for stretching its neck out to try something […]

Mojo Mouth: God Bless George

With the seemingly growing animosity between the generations (mainly Baby Boomers vs. Millennials—though I don’t know how the Gen X generation got left out of the mix), we need to […]