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Johnny Sansone, Hopeland (Shortstack Records)

If you don’t already know who Johnny Sansone is, it’s high time you found out about him. Long known for his instrumental prowess, particularly on harmonica and accordion, Sansone has […]

Steve Miller talks back

STEVE MILLER BAND: SUNDAY, MAY 6—GENTILLY STAGE, 5:20 P.M.   You might think you know Steve Miller from the hits—“Fly Like an Eagle,” “Abracadabra,” “The Joker,” “Take the Money and […]

Fest Focus: Marcia Ball

FRIDAY, MAY 4—GENTILLY STAGE, 1:35 P.M.   Marcia Ball fans will be thrilled this Jazz Fest by the material from her great new record, Shine Bright. “We’re going to be […]

Fats Domino, The Quintessential New Orleanian

The Once and Future King Fats Domino passed last October, but he remains an animate force in New Orleans life through his music. Domino’s spirit is not just the sound […]

Hey Pocky Way: A Mardi Gras Indian Jazz Fest guide

If you go to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, you gotta go see the Mardi Gras Indians at the Heritage Stage. It’s the perfect place to hear this […]

High Spirits: The Radiators’ 40th family reunion

The Radiators are back at Jazz Fest this year, celebrating their 40th anniversary at the scene of many memorable shows, the Gentilly stage on the final day of the fest. […]

No Monkeying Around: The Radiators celebrate their 40th anniversary with a new album

Forty years now of Radiators. From playing with Fess, from backing up Earl King, to a major label recording deal, national tours and closing out Jazz Fest, to losing the […]

May 2005: “The Meters Are Right On Time”

OffBeat Magazine is celebrating 30 years and reached that milestone with our November 2017 issue. To mark the anniversary, over the next 12 months OffBeat will re-publish excerpts from features […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music: The Poet Laureate of Mardi Gras Indians, Monk Boudreaux

Monk Boudreaux was born to be a Mardi Gras Indian. It is not a career, a craft or a profession, though one needs to go through an apprenticeship to become […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder: A Louisiana Christmas with Loose Cattle

Rod Hodges walked into the Music Shed in mid-August to cut tracks for Loose Cattle’s Christmas album, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and a muggy New Orleans summer day suddenly transformed into […]