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Jazz Fest Redux

“Happy Fest” is a springtime greeting in New Orleans, our own kind of “Aloha.” People say it to start a conversation and again to depart. I heard this greeting a […]

Jazz Fest A to Z: Your guide to every artist at Jazz Fest 2017

How do you choose from the variety of cultures, rhythms and sounds available at Jazz Fest? Our guide should help. Happy Jazz Fest! Remember that performance information is subject to […]

20 in 20: A selection of Basin Street releases since 1999

Irvin Mayfield: Irvin Mayfield “Mayfield proves that he is more interested in pushing boundaries than establishing a commercial persona.” —Jonathan Tabak (released April 1, 1999; BSR 0401-2)     Jason […]

French Quarter Festival from A to Z: Your guide to every act at this year’s FQF

French Quarter Fest 2017 will feature more than 1,700 local artists on 24 stages spread throughout the Quarter. Our comprehensive and definitive guide to this year’s festival will help you […]

House of Bourbon

The Royal House of Bourbon originated in 1268 when the heiress of the lordship of Bourbon married French King Louis IX’s younger son. The name for the spirit made in […]

Top Taco Festival

The Top Taco festival started in Denver four years ago and quickly became one of the largest food festivals in Colorado. The New Orleans version, which premieres on March 23, […]

Letters to the Editor

True Believer It feels good to be recognized and acknowledged by OffBeat, [True Believers by Laura DeFazio, November 2016] especially as I begin such an important musical journey. This new […]

Party of the Year: The Best of the Beat Nominees

OffBeat’s annual Best of the Beat Awards started 22 years ago, in 1995. Better Than Ezra was the big winner and took home Artist of the Year, Album of the […]

Five Questions with Steve Rivera

Steve Rivera is the Executive Director of Project Lazarus, a New Orleans–based organization which cares for people living with HIV and AIDS that has been operating for more than three […]

10th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival Moves to October

No longer held in November, the 10th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival will take place on October 23. The festival is free and open to the public and pets are […]