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Where’s The Vision?

The title of a recent article in the Times-Picayune: “Can New Orleans Become A Thriving Music Industry Hub Like Nashville?” Wait. Have I heard this question posed before?? At least a […]

Adopt vs Co-opt

Right after the March issue that features Dancing Man 504 (Darryl Young) on the cover hit the street, we received a letter from the chief of a local Mardi Gras […]

The Return of the ’60s, Let’s Hope

One of the most difficult things to come to terms with is the inevitability of change, especially change over a period of a lifetime. As the world turns and things […]

Party Like You’re Local—
With Somewhat of a Brain

Coming to your Mardi Gras soon: Biodegradable beads in; plastic beads out. No more clogged city drains, no more seemingly immortal beads on oak trees throughout the year. Ditto offensive throws. […]

Bring Back Storyville

Hey, I’m a local. That means the last time I went to Bourbon Street to an “adult-oriented” venue (a euphemism for a strip club) was quite a while ago, and […]

Practice Required

If you think you can inspire kids to be musicians by providing music lessons and education in schools, and also improve their math and academic scores—well, you’re right. It’s a […]

Musicians Out In The Cold?

The last few weeks of extremely frigid weather in our part of the world exposed us to some really harsh realities regarding New Orleans: first, our dwellings sure aren’t built for […]

The Dewey Decimal Theory

Oh, the trouble with kids today! Is that the lament of an old curmudgeon, or what? There has been a ton of controversy about so-called millennials’ and baby boomers’ antagonisms […]

Talk To Me

Over the past 25 years, I’ve heard a lot of bitching by local musicians and bands about OffBeat’s Best of The Beat Awards, because they aren’t nominated for an award. I’ll […]

New Music Year Awaits

This year has brought a lot of changes to New Orleans. We have a new woman mayor, for the first time in the history of the City. Ms. Cantrell has […]