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Making A Living Making Music

I doubt if most readers of OffBeat who don’t make their a living as a musician understand what it’s really like to be a musician, or a songwriter, or in a […]

Satchmo, Not in Armstrong Park. Again.

It’s just been announced that Satchmo SummerFest event in early August is leaving its home of the last 15 years at the Old U.S. Mint, and is moving to Jackson […]

Crescent Park, A Hidden Gem in Plain Sight

In February of this year, Crescent Park opened. The park—a 1.4 mile, 20-acre stretch of linear park—hugs the shore of the Mississippi River and runs through the Bywater. The park […]

Go-Cups Here, There and Everywhere

One of our distinct local pleasures is the ability to carry our beverages—including alcoholic—with us as we party in the streets in the so-called go-cup. It’s a New Orleans tradition, […]

New Orleans Needs More Teamwork

If you’re reading this, you love New Orleans, especially New Orleans music. What’s the best thing about living here? My answer would be the people and the way we interact. […]

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 […]