Subscribe to the Weekly Beat
NOLA Bulls, Running of the Bulls, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

The NOLA Bulls Roll Through for San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

It’s not often that New Orleans draws comparisons to the quaint medieval cities that dot the Pyrenees Mountains, but that changes for one weekend each July as thousands of people flock to the Crescent City to celebrate one of the newest festivals to grace the New Orleans calendar—San Fermin in Nueva Orleans. Also known as [...]

Continue reading
Big Sam Williams, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

It’s Five Somewhere: Big Sam Williams

Tell me a little bit about your new record, Evolution. I’m really happy with the way the album came out. It brought me in a direction that I’ve been looking to go in. A lot of people think that Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a brass band, and that’s not necessarily the case. My background [...]

Continue reading
Grayson Capps, Chad Edwards, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

My Music: Grayson Capps

“Willie Sugarcapps came about as a result of everybody just saying yes, as opposed to, you know, the ol’ just-say-no thing. Nobody said anything like, ‘You do this here’ or ‘You do that there.’ When we got together, the full spectrum of making music came together just naturally. We’re all used to being the front-person [...]

Continue reading
Kid Ory Band, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

Keeping Time at the Louisiana State Museum’s Jazz Collection

Once a key feature of the Old U.S. Mint’s exhibition space, the Louisiana State Museum’s internationally renowned Jazz Collection sustained damage during Hurricane Katrina. It was the exhibit’s partial destruction, however, that inspired plans for a much more comprehensive presentation of the museum’s music-related holdings. “We thought, ‘Do we replace it and make it only [...]

Continue reading

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Launches Catapult Fund

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Jazz Fest’s non-profit arm, looks to expand and enhance its tradition of locally awarded community-partnership grants with two new initiatives that foster new funding opportunities and business-development training for area arts educators and arts entrepreneurs. The broad umbrella of “arts entrepreneurs” covers small businesses and sole proprietorships working [...]

Continue reading
Tales of the Cocktail, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Stirs up a Good Time

Do you need a good drink? That’s one thing this year’s edition of Tales of the Cocktail has in spades. The annual event will take over bars, clubs, restaurants, and pretty much every drinking establishment in the French Quarter and downtown area from July 16-20. If you’re a bartender, if you own a bar, or [...]

Continue reading

Top Selling Albums During Jazz Fest 2014

LOUISIANA MUSIC FACTORY 1. Rebirth Brass Band: Move Your Body (Basin Street) 2. Eric Lindell and Co.: Indian Summer (Ind.) 3. Glen David Andrews: Redemption (Louisiana Red Hot Records) 4. Trombone Shorty: Say That To Say This (Verve) 5. Stanton Moore: Conversations (Royal Potato Family) 6. John Mooney: Son & Moon (Fatback) 7. Aurora Nealand [...]

Continue reading
Tomatoes, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

Get Ready for the French Market’s 28th Annual Creole Tomato Festival

The two-day, two-stage French Market 28th Annual Creole Tomato Festival is held in the French Market, between Dumaine Street and Barracks Street on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. The festival has expanded its activities and kicks off with a “first bite” (50 Creole tomatoes will be given out for free) followed by a [...]

Continue reading
Tom McDermott, photo, Stephane Peniguel, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

Tom McDermott Writes Music for Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick”

In 1900—decades before the advent of antibiotics and blood banks—surgery was still an evolving, experimental field defined by high mortality rates and less-than-scientific forays into the unknown. Hence the tagline for Steven Soderbergh’s forthcoming hospital drama, “The Knick”: “Surgery wasn’t always science.” Set in downtown New York at the turn of the century, the 10-episode [...]

Continue reading
WYES Beer Tasting

Beer Tastings on Tap

This month, WYES hosts two fundraisers, a private beer sampling and an international beer-tasting event, that together offer an excellent opportunity to taste some of the best new brews as well as support the local public-broadcasting station. Both take place at Mardi Gras World; the sixth-annual Private Beer Sampling is on Friday, June 13 (7-10 p.m.) [...]

Continue reading