The Roots of Music Raise the Roof

While on break from touring with Rebirth Brass Band, drummer Derrick Tabb discusses his vision for The Roots of Music in the lead-up to their annual benefit: “Our city was not prepared to heal our children after Katrina. The effects are still here now and we’re paying for it … the violence we deal with [...]

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LadyFest 2014 Brings Together Female Performers of New Orleans

Roselyn Lionhart is a Michigan-born songstress in her mid-’70s with long, fierce braids drawn back from her face. When we connect for the first time, she laughs and recalls stories of her hero, Margaret Mead, of train trips through the Jim Crow South with her grandmother, of the coffeehouse jazz scene in ’50s Michigan, and [...]

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Hell Yes Fest, Photo by Brian Tarney, OffBeat Magazine, November 2014

The New Movement Gets Set for Hell Yes Fest 2014

It is a dream house: A converted two-story shotgun on St. Claude Avenue down the block from Hank’s Seafood complete with a recording studio, green room, plush back patio, second-story classroom and first-floor theater with two bathrooms. In mid-October, Tami Nelson and Chris Trew, the husband-and-wife team behind comedy venue and conservatory The New Movement, [...]

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504 Rock Art Circus, OffBeat Magazine, November 2014

504 Rock Art Circus

504 Rock Art Circus returns this month with a six-foot troll, tattooed pin-up girls, burlesque dancers and hot rods to Oblique Place, a co-op gallery at 900 Franklin Avenue at Music Street in the Marigny. In years prior, the Rock Art Circus has showcased much of the local and national underground rock art community, including [...]

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Jay Nix, Parkway Bakery, Photo by Frank Etheridge, OffBeat Magazine, November 2014

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Parkway Bakery Owner Jay Nix

So, which is it: po-boy or poor boy? It’s poor boy. And you know why? If we’re going to be real and go back to the beginning and honor the streetcar conductors that went on strike [in 1929] and didn’t have much to eat, then it’s poor boy. They made up a poor boy sandwich [...]

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Hot Vegan, in From The Cold

Barbara Menendez set New Orleans on fire in the ’80s with her punk-rock band The Cold. She’s now back with another high-energy project—the “Vegan Dawlin’” cookbook. When her husband, guitarist Ray Ganucheau, was diagnosed with a rare, genetic heart disorder two years ago and went on a no-fat, no-animal diet, Menendez took it upon herself [...]

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10 Songs for Thanksgiving

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this month’s playlist features 10 lesser-known culinary gems. No surprise that it’s slanted toward Cajun and zydeco, since you find a lot of the best cooking out in the country. But in the interest of not doing the obvious, we’ve left off that Hank Williams one about the rice dish. [...]

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Quintron, OffBeat Magazine, November 2014

My Music: Quintron

As a downriver dawn casts first light over the Ninth Ward on a clear and calm October morning, Quintron stands on the balcony at Spellcaster pointing out components in his new invention—the world’s first weather-controlled synthesizer—before walking inside moments later when his living room begins to fill with the blissful low-end reverb of sunrise. “Here’s [...]

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One Song’s Story: “Get You a Healin’”

Carlo Ditta, owner of Orleans Records and long-time New Orleans musician/producer/raconteur, got on the phone to the OffBeat offices last month. He had seen the Backtalk interview that Brett Milano had done with Paul Thorn and wanted to make a point about the great version that Paul did of his song, “Get You a Healin’.” [...]

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The OffBeat Guide to Halloween 2014

HALLOWEEN 2014 EVENTS OCTOBER 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-26, 29-31 The House of Shock haunted house is open throughout October and features live bands. HouseOfShock.com   OCTOBER 4 Zephyr Field hosts a nighttime Vampire 5k run. Vampire5k.com   OCTOBER 17-18, 24-25 Aududon’s annual Boo at the Zoo for kids 12-under features a haunted house, trick-or-treat and [...]

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