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Nate Donmoyer, Passion Pit, photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Bandaloo Music Community to Launch in New Orleans in March 2014

Boasting “Connect, collaborate, create music” as its mantra, Bandaloo is a new national model for exploring music through community that will launch in New Orleans the last weekend in March. “Beyond the city’s deep pools of eager, diverse musical talents, New Orleans is an obvious choice to begin Bandaloo’s high-minded concept. Music and community are [...]

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Roxie Watson, press photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Music and Friends: Roxie Watson

Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band that blends gorgeous vocal harmonies and stellar songs. The group formed in 2007 as a just-for-kicks opportunity for long-time friends Beth Wheeler “BWhee,” Lenny Lasater, Linda Bolley, Sonia Tetlow and Beck Shaw. Tetlow says, “I guess the main thing about this band is that it didn’t start out [...]

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Buku Music + Arts Project, photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Beacons of the Scene: Preservation Hall Launches Pres Hall Brass

The latest development in Preservation Hall’s kinetic drive to update itself comes in the form of Pres Hall Brass, a relatively new ensemble created with the city’s thriving brass band culture in mind. Featuring the staple talents of bass drummer Tanio Hingle, snare drummer Kerry “Fat Man” Hunter and trumpeter Will Smith, plus a rotating [...]

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Nas, press photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Nas to Perform Illmatic in Its Entirety at BUKU Music + Art Project

On April 15, 1994, Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, a 20-year-old lyricist from New York’s Queensbridge projects, released his debut album, Illmatic. It quickly proved to be a hip-hop game-changer, helping to resurrect a floundering New York rap scene and inspiring decades of complex rhymes about street life. This spring, Nas marks the 20th anniversary [...]

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Marc Stone, Josh Paxton and Freddie Staehle’s New Groove

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and WWOZ DJ Marc Stone has been working as a duo with keyboardist Josh Paxton in recent years. After a chance meeting with legendary New Orleans drummer Freddie Staehle last month, the three musicians found a simpatico groove and will be the featured Saturday night band at Buffa’s starting in March. “It was [...]

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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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