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Balfas preform in 1974, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Turns 40

Alan Lomax, in his quest to record and archive the hearty traditional music of southern Louisiana in the late ’30s and ’40s, became, in effect, the godfather to Lafayette’s own Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. Lomax urged organizers of the 1964 Newport Folk Festival to invite aboard fiddler and vocalist Dewey Balfa, along with musical comrades [...]

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Joe Lauro and Fats Domino, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Tales of the Fat Man at the New Orleans Film Festival

“It shouldn’t even exist,” Joe Lauro, director of The Big Beat: Tales of the Fat Man and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll explains. “To find a 45-minute concert of any black rock ’n’ roll band filmed in 1962 is almost unheard of.” Most often, in the ’50s and ’60s, rock ’n’ roll bands were [...]

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Lenny Zenith, photo by Sam Lahoz, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

Soundcheck: Lenny Zenith Takes 5

You formed pop-punk/new wave band RZA after attending NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) in the late ’70s. What was your upbringing like? My dad was a Methodist minister and he ran Felicity Church on Chestnut. Between my dad and my Cuban mother we didn’t really have rock ’n’ roll in the house. I [...]

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Arsene Delay, OffBeat Magazine, October 2014

My Music: Arséne DeLay

My father was military, Air Force. So we moved to Germany when I was six, there for five years, then he was stationed in Montana, and I finished high school there. Then I went to Wisconsin for six years, then Los Angeles, and I was there for six years. Both of my families are 13th [...]

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Ghostly Gems: 10 Songs for Halloween

Most of the songs you hear every Halloween, from “Monster Mash” to the Cramps’ catalogue, don’t come from New Orleans. Here’s our attempt the remedy that, with 10 ghostly gems from Louisiana-associated artists: Louis Armstrong, “Skeleton in the Closet” This 1936 gem, which Armstrong sang in the film Pennies from Heaven, has it all: Dancing [...]

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Art for Arts’ Sake

Indulge in the creative outpouring of visual art on display around town at this year’s Art for Arts’ Sake presented by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) on Saturday, October 4. The all-day affair includes art-centric events beginning at noon as well as a downtown art walk featuring 20 galleries and museums from 6-8 p.m. with [...]

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Southern Decadence, OffBeat Magazine, September 2014

Southern Decadence Glams Up the French Quarter Labor Day Weekend

New Orleans’ largest gay street fair, Southern Decadence, is back for another round, kicking off the Wednesday before Labor Day and running wild throughout the weekend. Originally conceived as an outrageous goodbye party for a departing friend, and as a jab at a Northern neighbor who couldn’t stand the New Orleans heat, Southern Decadence has [...]

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78 Project, OffBeat Magazine, September 2014

The 78 Project Captures History as it Happens

As much of music-making and the music business plows recklessly into the future, certain producers are looking into the past. Director and producer Lavinia Jones Wright and Alex Steyermark are such producers, as evident in their explanation of their film 78 Project as a journey across America to record contemporary artists on a Presto 78 [...]

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Ken Vandermark in New Orleans

Composer and reed player Ken Vandermark is a busy man. But, lucky for us, he is making time for a short excursion to New Orleans September 8-9 to interview trombonist Jeff Albert, give a talk, and perform with Albert, Alvin Fielder, James Singleton, Marcello Benetti and Helen Gillet. On the phone from his home in [...]

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Sasha Masakowski, OffBeat Magazine, September 2014

Soundcheck: Sasha Masakowski Takes 5

As we speak, you are currently in Europe, where you just performed with your father and brother at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland. How did you initially get involved with Ascona? Playing Ascona was such a great experience. It’s so cool to have this tiny village in Switzerland completely taken over by New Orleans [...]

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