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Music Districts Needed

Currently, New Orleans has very few real music and entertainment districts. Locals know where the hip bars are, and where there’s some music in places “where locals go” (that used […]

The Song’s the Thing: Can more New Orleans songwriters capitalize?

I just read an article in New York magazine about songwriters and their process and it got me thinking about New Orleans’ music industry, especially as it has to do with […]

Musicians Need To Make A Living Wage

Bars and clubs that have music don’t really have the clout they used to in influencing locals because they advertise and promote their music much less than they used to. […]

Elephant in The Room

This morning’s news coverage in both local newspapers was dominated by the shooting on South Claiborne of 10 people, three of whom died. Gang members were chasing someone they had […]

Mojo Mouth: Changing Venues [August 2018]

It’s awfully interesting to observe the changes that have occurred in the music scene since OffBeat opened its doors in 1988. I’m a little concerned that the market for live […]

Making Music For A Living is Harder Than Ever

Playing music in New Orleans is hard work. Who wants to play for tips?

Laissez-Faire Not Always What We Need

More and more often, the issues you hear concerning music in New Orleans have to do with two things: the inability of the city to enforce regulations that are set […]

Frenchmen Street, Again

Frenchmen Street continues to develop as the alternative-to-Bourbon party street of New Orleans, but there are still no police in the area to make sure the partying is safe.

New Orleans: A Music City Like No Other

Greater New Orleans (GNO), Inc.—the organization that’s concerned with economic development in New Orleans—has issued a request for proposal for a consultant to study and recommend how our metro area […]

Education, yes!

Last week’s blog described the efforts that GNO, Inc. (economic development arm of the city) is taking to address music as an economic driver in the city. I am 150% […]