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Who Speaks For Music?

Who speaks for music? Is music in this city really that important? Is it credible enough as an economic and cultural force so that there is a “spokesperson” that can […]

Splintering Music Choices

Some 30 years ago before there was an OffBeat, there was no music writer at the daily newspaper (back then the Times-Picayune in its old “real” newspaper incarnation) was the […]

Anime Euphonium

One of the things I so love about this job is that I not only get to meet so many great people, I learn something every day. First those great […]

A Tale of Maple Syrup

Let me tell you why I have such a great job. Today was kind of a rough morning for me. It was the day I had to travel to my […]

Music as Community

Today our first Jazz Fest visitors wandered into the office, and if this year is like any other, this is the tip of the iceberg. For the next couple of […]

The Importance of Rampart

There are many “cultural products” districts in New Orleans, and several unofficial music districts throughout the city, the most famous ones are Frenchmen Street and Bourbon Street. St. Claude is […]

Long Live WWOZ

After OffBeat published a letter by a recently-departed WWOZ staff member, the powers-that-be who own and oversee the station—the board of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation—finally took a […]

Yeah, you right.

All of sudden, and all at once, some massive changes are taking place in New Orleans’ music scene. Why this confluence of changes are happening now is a mystery, but here’s […]

WWOZ, Where Does It End?

OffBeat’s short post on the departure of Dwayne Breashears (long-time WWOZ Programming Director) as of April 1 created a storm of controversy in the media. The New Orleans Advocate picked […]

Fixing Frenchmen Street

Up until maybe three or four years ago, Frenchmen Street was the place where “the locals went to hear great music.” Back then the ratios of locals to tourists was […]