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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 […]

Does less beer mean happier musicians?

…and the poll says….that our readers would overwhelmingly not mind paying a cover to see bands on Frenchmen Street if doors on Frenchmen Street clubs were required to be closed. […]

Would You Be Willing To Pay?

My blog last week rubbed at least one person the wrong way, but it wasn’t so much a commentary on the history of OffBeat as it was someone who spewed […]

Frankenstein

Thirty years ago, when OffBeat was born, there was very little coverage of music in New Orleans. This is hard to believe, in a city where Jazz was born and […]

Needed: A Different Type of Business Leader

I live in different  world, populated by musicians, bands, managers, bar and club owners, publicity peeps, sound guys, promoters, artists, photographers, festival producers, whatever. But it’s still a business world. […]

Commitment Needed

I love music and our unique culture. There’s nothing else like it in the world. There are no people like New Orleans people. We are more of a big family than […]