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Irish House, musicians, photo, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Not Fade Away: Traditional Irish Music in New Orleans

As early as the late 18th century, Irish immigrants arrived in New Orleans, setting up shops and integrating into the city’s world-famous melting-pot culture. While much of the music that can be heard in the streets of New Orleans today can be traced back to early African influences emanating from Congo Square, the upbeat rhythms [...]

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Robert Plant, press photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Jazz Fest 2014 Top Fives

    Brian Boyles Public Enemy: Probably the most popular band among my friends in 7th grade, I missed them when they came around with Anthrax. My buddy Jyp cut their logo in his hair and I’m considering it this time. Pharoah Sanders: I didn’t have the money to see his night show in 1999. [...]

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Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Krewe of Red Beans and Rice, photo, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Krewe of Red Beans & Rice Show Off Mardi Gras Costumes

Krewe of Red Beans & Rice parades with the Treme Brass Band from Port and Royal through the Marigny and Treme neighborhoods to the Backstreet Cultural Museum on Lundi Gras at 2 p.m. The Krewe first paraded in 2009 after founder Devin De Wulf had great success with a suit he’d decorated with Camellia red [...]

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Mardi Gras Mambo, record, photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

How “Mardi Gras Mambo” Became an Unlikely Carnival Anthem

Down in New Orleans where the blues was born, It takes a cool cat to blow a horn On LaSalle and Rampart Street, the combos play with a mambo beat Mardi Gras mambo, mambo, mambo Mardi Gras mambo, mambo, mambo Mardi Gras mambo… Down in New Orleans — “Mardi Gras Mambo” by Adams, Welch, Elliot [...]

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Nancy Joynt, Mardi Gras, 2014, photo, OffBeat Magazine

Happy Mardi Gras 2014 from OffBeat Readers

In mid-February, we asked our readers to send us their best, worst, craziest, goofiest, most beautiful or most favorite Mardi Gras photos for a spread in our March 2014 issue. Here’s the creme de la creme…          

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Christian Scott, photo, Erika Goldring, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

Coming Home: New Orleans Trumpeter Christian Scott’s Roots Run Deep

Christian Scott, now also known as Christian aTunde Adjuah, left New Orleans as a teenager eager to experience the world and broaden his education and career. Having fulfilled much of that aim after 12 years, in October 2013 the jazz trumpeter returned home as an accomplished, Grammy-nominated, in-demand musician who is equally eager to share [...]

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Truth Universal, photo, Elsa Hahne, February 2014

Truth Universal: Grinding and Rhyming

If you had the time and the patience, you could find everything you need to know about life inside Jim Russell Records on Magazine Street. Racks and shelves brim with 45s, LPs, cassettes, and CDs. Concert posters and photos climb every horizontal surface. The Complete Riverside Recordings of Thelonious Monk stand atop an old speaker [...]

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Caddywhompus, press photo, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

Indie Rockers Caddywhompus’ Two Man Army

Fierce punk. Skittish math rock. 1960s pop. Dreamy New Wave. This is a typical journey through a song from local indie duo Caddywhompus. The band’s abandonment of traditional song structures is akin to flipping through a radio dial and catching pieces of various songs, which is a wholly intentional part of their songwriting process. “I [...]

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Paul McCartney, Mardi Gras, photo, Sidney Smith, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

Paul McCartney Goes to Mardi Gras

It’s Mardi Gras 1975 as Paul and Linda McCartney arrive in New Orleans to celebrate the New Year and record a new album—Venus & Mars—at Allen Toussaint’s Sea-Saint Studios. Just a few weeks earlier, London’s High Court presided over the final dissolution of the Beatles partnership and the McCartneys decide that New Orleans at Carnival [...]

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Best of the Beat 2013 Award Winners

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