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Clifton Chenier, press photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Zydeco Comes Out on Top at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Move over Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Johnny Cash. Make room for the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. Chenier moved his throne in with music’s elite when the Recording Academy posthumously honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award January 25 during a Special Merit Awards Ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. Chenier [...]

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Musicians Make Money

In Money from Music, a survey of 5,000 musicians nationwide, Peter DiCola at Northwestern University School of Law found that recording and composing, including music sales, account for a surprisingly small share of music income: 12 percent. The number might be even lower, as high-earning musicians tend to make more money from copyright-related sources and [...]

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Lester Pollard, Zulu, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

It’s Five Somewhere with Zulu Chairman Lester Pollard

The Zulu Parade is one of New Orleans’ most beloved Mardi Gras traditions. But the Zulu organization also produces the Monday-before-Mardi Gras Lundi Gras event in downtown New Orleans, when the King and Queen Zulu arrives, with the Zulu “characters.” Lester Pollard is Zulu’s chairman of the Lundi Gras festivities this year. This year, the [...]

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Mardi Gras 2014 Concert Series at the Howlin’ Wolf

There are a tremendous amount of variables which factor into the planning of a successful pre-Mardi Gras weekend, especially when trying to coordinate between numerous parties. Whether entertaining guests from out of town who want to see a little bit of everything, to finding fiscally responsible (read: cheap) alternatives for going out, it can be [...]

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Big Freedia, photo, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

All GLAAD About Big Freedia

National audiences and leading media-industry figures seem to be figuring out what OffBeat readers—who voted Big Freedia as Best Bounce Artist for January’s Best of the Beat Awards—that the undisputed, self-described “queen of bounce” is a big-time star. Last month, FUSE-TV announced plans for a second-season of reality program Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” which [...]

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Spring Quartet, press photo, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

Jazz Journeys: Jazz Supergroup the Spring Quartet Comes to New Orleans

“Connecting and playing with the magical and mystical aspects of the season.” That’s how pianist Leo Genovese describes the connection between the name of modern jazz supergroup the Spring Quartet and its music. Featuring National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Esperanza Spalding and Genovese, the Spring Quartet [...]

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John Barry, Restore Louisiana Now, photo, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

It’s Five Somewhere with Restore Louisiana Now’s John Barry

How is the lawsuit going? I think it’s going well. The problem, of course, isn’t in the courts. It’s that the industry and the governor want the state legislature to kill the lawsuit and keep it out of the courts. So we’re meeting with legislators and they’re listening. We’re working with other groups to organize [...]

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Ian Cunningham, photo, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

My Music: The UpStarts’ Ian Cunningham

“That Last Waltz [The Band tribute show in December at One Eyed Jacks] was such a cool ensemble piece where all these different people from all these different musical genres in New Orleans came together. It was a lot of fun. I actually sat down and listened to [Robbie Robertson’s] solos a bunch to prepare. [...]

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Fat Man, cocktail, photo, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

Phil’s Grill Dedicates Craft Cocktails to Iconic New Orleans Musicians

Phil’s Grill is a burger joint—one of the best in the city—as anyone who’s been to their “stores” (as they call them) in Metairie or Harahan should be able to tell you. Their brand-new location at 748 Camp Street in the CBD once housed one of Cosimo Matassa’s recording studios, and the now-chain decided to [...]

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Paramount Wonder Cabinet, photo, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

Revenant and Jack White’s Third Man Records Involved in Local Copyright Dispute

The Paramount Wonder Cabinet, a massive collection of seminal jazz and blues recordings from the Paramount catalogue reissued jointly by Revenant Records and Jack White’s Third Man Records, has become the subject of a copyright-infringement dispute in New Orleans. According to Lars Edegran, the George H. Buck, Jr. (GHB) Jazz Foundation owns rights to nearly [...]

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