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God help the poor people of Houston (and Port Arthur, Beaumont, Lake Charles, and more at this writing. All I could do was think about them yesterday on the anniversary […]

New Mayor Needs To Know More About Music

It’s been almost eight years since we elected a mayor. The last two mayors, Mitch Landrieu and Ray Nagin, participated in a forum organized and sponsored by OffBeat ) in […]

Vision Quest

A couple of weeks ago Mojo Mouth described a small conference, organized by the ELLA Project. This forum brought in music-involved people from all over the US and Canada to […]

Fake News

How many restaurants are there in New Orleans now? New restaurants bloomed five years out from Katrina, as did the overall population, but all at once it seems that restaurants […]

Learning from others to improve our lot

New Orleans is a unique city in many respects. But it doesn’t mean that we don’t have a lot to learn from other cities in the US. We all have […]

Co-opting Culture

New Orleans has an immense appeal for artists, always has: visual artists, writers, actors, and especially musicians. There something about the city that stimulates creativity. Maybe it’s the history, the […]

Guest Editorial: Louisiana Legislature Passes Favorable Music Industry Law

The following guest editorial was submitted by Reid Wick, who works for the Recording Academy. Also contributing to the article were Academy members Jay Weigel, Tim Kappel, Ken Shepherd and […]

Feet to the fire

It’s time that we hold our city leaders’ feet to the fire on their policies regarding music and culture. Now that Mitch Landrieu has almost officially finished his two terms […]

Learn a musical lesson from Bourbon and Frenchmen

Bourbon Street—in my lifetime—was New Orleans’ “music street” until it turned into more of a place for visitors and tourists to hear live music. For a decade, Frenchmen was the […]

Word To The Wise

OffBeat is dedicated to musicians and other artists. Thus, we support the rights of musicians, photographers, visual artists, writers and other performers to their Intellectual Property rights. Not to be […]