Unplugged: A Brief History and Goodbye

This marks the last installment of my column, and August will be the first month since June of 1993 that I won’t be working at OffBeat in some capacity — from intern, to Louisiana Music Directory Coordinator, to New Media Manager, and a contributing writer throughout. While I’m sorry not to be working with OffBeat [...]

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Local Roots Music On-Line; New Music Scoring Software

The World Wide Web just got a big dose of funk, blues, greazy Fishhead rock, and New Orleans by-way-of Sweden funky blues/rock thanks to new sites by local veteran musicians George Porter, Jr., Brint Anderson, Camile Baudoin and Anders Osborne, respectively. Once the domain of primarily younger bands, this latest crop of sites from New [...]

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Best and Worst of Jazz Fest 1998, The Fans’ Perspective

Once again this year, the Internet and, especially, the World Wide Web proved an invaluable tool for Jazz Fest visitors as well as an open forum for music fans to discuss highlights and disappointments of the 1998 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Even local television media finally caught on to the frenzy of pre-Jazz [...]

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Fest Feedback, Take Two

What a topic this Jazz Fest booking question is. After posting the question, “What do you think about this year’s Jazz Fest line-up” to our Web site, our mailbox has been flooded with responses. Last month’s “Plugged In” included just the beginning of the interesting comments we’ve received, so this month we’ll try to cram [...]

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Feedback on the Fest

Ah, Jazz Fest. With the annual announcement of performers at the Fair Grounds comes the usual outpouring of praise and adulation — as well as the surfeit of gripes and complaints — about the line-up. Always interested in public opinion of the local music scene, we here at OffBeat posted a question to the message [...]

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Resources for Songwriters and Indie Bands; NOPD On-Line Chat Report

With the South by Southwest Music Conference happening in Austin this month and the LMNOP Conference slated for its second year in New Orleans in April, March seemed an appropriate time to devote this column to Internet resources for musicians. Through the ‘net, and particularly the World Wide Web, songwriters and bands have a huge [...]

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Mardi Gras Tradition in a New Medium

In the long history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, many developments have come along to improve the celebration while preserving the wonderful traditions that make it such a unique event. Most nighttime floats are now lit with electric lights, for example, but krewes still incorporate the torch-bearers and flambeaux — once responsible for lighting [...]

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Second Annual Best of the Web

While the amount of growth in Web presence among local bands, businesses and organizations seemed to taper a bit in 1997, the overall quality of sites improved dramatically. Apparently, as the medium continues its rapid development, smaller, less-interesting and (especially) static sites are being overlooked in favor of those with a large amount of content, [...]

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Shopping for Local CDs On-Line; NOPD Gets Interactive

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It’s a Mean Ol’ World (Wide Web)

To keep all the blues lovers occupied after they’ve finished our chock full o’ blues November issue, here are some of the top blues Web sites and resources on the Internet. Interestingly, unlike a few of the jazz sites mentioned in last month’s column, the larger blues sites are almost exclusively non-commercial, a testament to [...]

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