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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 […]

Music’s El Sistema,
New Orleans-Style

The historic nature of New Orleans music needs representation so that visitors as well as locals can understand, appreciate and hopefully can lead to more veneration of our music (that’s […]

Is Jazz The Brand

As readers of OffBeat, OffBeat.com and the Weekly Beat know, New Orleans is a musical city. But—let’s say the CVB was going to use music to “brand” the city, what […]

What Could Be A Better Idea Than This?

For a long time, I thought that Louisiana wasn’t too innovative. We put all of our eggs in the oil revenue basket (we’ve certainly been on the skids since the […]