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We Write the Songs

“We give people an opportunity to hear the stories behind the song,” says Bud Tower, a professional songwriter and the founder of the New Orleans Songwriter Festival, which returns for […]

Bringing Burlesque Back One G-String at a Time

New Orleans traffics in titillation, and though tastes change, the compulsion to see a little skin is the same as it was 60 years ago. “If tourists go down bourbon […]

Nova NOLA: A Family Affair

A “new” New Orleans is a reality we all confront and construct for ourselves. Nova Nola, founded by Astral Project’s Steve Masakowski, is one attempt to address New Orleans’ evolving […]

Essence’s Changing of the Guard

In early 2008, Stephen Rehage received a surprising message. “I randomly got an email asking if I could go to the Essence offices for a meeting. I did, and that’s […]