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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 […]

Where’s The Vision?

The title of a recent article in the Times-Picayune: “Can New Orleans Become A Thriving Music Industry Hub Like Nashville?” Wait. Have I heard this question posed before?? At least a […]

Adopt vs Co-opt

Right after the March issue that features Dancing Man 504 (Darryl Young) on the cover hit the street, we received a letter from the chief of a local Mardi Gras […]

The Return of the ’60s, Let’s Hope

One of the most difficult things to come to terms with is the inevitability of change, especially change over a period of a lifetime. As the world turns and things […]

Visual Overload

Mardi Gras is over, and spring festivals are on everybody’s agenda: from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to the Top Taco festival, Bourbon Fest and Bean Madness. I’m kind of […]

Party Like You’re Local—
With Somewhat of a Brain

Coming to your Mardi Gras soon: Biodegradable beads in; plastic beads out. No more clogged city drains, no more seemingly immortal beads on oak trees throughout the year. Ditto offensive throws. […]