Playing music in New Orleans is hard work. Who wants to play for tips?
More and more often, the issues you hear concerning music in New Orleans have to do with two things: the inability of the city to enforce regulations that are set […]
Frenchmen Street continues to develop as the alternative-to-Bourbon party street of New Orleans, but there are still no police in the area to make sure the partying is safe.
Last week’s blog described the efforts that GNO, Inc. (economic development arm of the city) is taking to address music as an economic driver in the city. I am 150% […]
What do we want to be when we grow up? How does New Orleans begin to capitalize on its music and actually become a bona fide music city? GNO, Inc., the econmic development arm of city government, is funding a study and has sent out an RFP to find out.
I had the pleasure this week of speaking to a small class of teenaged musicians, led by local clarinetist Gregory Agid. Agid is the Artistic Director of the Second Line […]
I just polled the OffBeat staff to see how many of us are actually reading books these days. I’m relieved to say that almost all of our staff are big […]
It’s easy to be cynical about what’s happening with our Federal government in Washington, DC. Between the antagonism, gridlock and overall messiness of Congress, we sometimes lose sight of positive […]
In 1984, almost two generations ago, the 1984 World’s Fair took over New Orleans, and there was a ton of attention that was focused on the city. Back then, I […]
As a veteran festival-goer, my routine usually involves staying away from the “big names.” I know that the headliners at the big fests are the ones who are the big […]