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Lean On Him: Bill Withers at Carnegie Hall

Bill Withers tried to fit his life into the rough-and-tumble business of music. But in 1985, the poet laureate decided that his life didn’t fit. Last April, he was inducted […]

“Blood, Sweat And Hair” Art Show

Whether across the ocean or across the street, New Orleans music photographers Elsa Hahne (OffBeat Art Director) and Golden G. Richard, III (Professor of Computer Science and University Research Professor […]

Obituary: Joe Barry

(1939-2004) After many years of failing health, swamp pop singer/songwriter Joe Barry died Tuesday, August 31. Born Joseph Barrios in Cut Off, Louisiana, Barry was best known for his 1961 […]

Jazz Fest Redux

Contributors: Laura DeFazio (LD); Frank Etheridge (FE); Stephen Maloney (SM); Brett Milano (BM); David Kunian (DK); Jennifer Odell (JO); John Swenson (JS) Jazz Fest 2015 had the highest attendance since […]

Top 10 Biggest Selling Albums of Jazz Fest 2015

Louisiana Music Factory 1. Eric Lindell: The Sun and the Sea (Sparco) 2. Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers: #imsoneworleans (Basin Street) 3. Royal Southern Brotherhood: Don’t Look Back: The […]

Shuckin’ and Jivin’ at the Oyster Festival

On May 30 and 31, at the height of oyster season, comes the annual Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. This free two-day event features music, eating contests, shucking contests […]

It’s All Greek to Me

The 42nd annual New Orleans Greek Festival is set to take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24, bringing three days of Greek food, music and entertainment to the scenic […]

WHIV: A New Kind of Radio Station

One of the first songs played on New Orleans’ new station, 102.3 WHIV, was Vince Vance’s “I Am New Orleans.” Self-described as ‘progressive, liberal, unapologetic talk radio,’ WHIV just launched, […]

All I Want for Christmas

OffBeat approached a variety of local musicians and asked them: If you had to choose just one album—by any artist of any genre from any time period—to give as a Christmas […]