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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 […]

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. […]