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David Doucet, photo, David Simpson, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

It’s Five Somewhere: David Doucet of BeauSoleil

Since BeauSoleil formed in the 1970s, the band has released scores of albums. How does the group continue to dig deep creatively while also remaining true to the traditions of Cajun and zydeco? It really just depends on what strikes us as we’re looking for songs to work up. Everyone in the band listens to [...]

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Prospect.3 Gets Ready for Now

Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the third incarnation of the international contemporary-art biennial founded by Dan Cameron in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and curated by Franklin Sirmans, will feature the work of 61 artists from around the world and music will be a big part of the exhibition. Prospect.3 will run from October 25 through [...]

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Mario Abney, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

My Music: Mario Abney

“My compositions, in everything I do, I try to deal with me, in terms of my musical experiences in a way that embodies that way I grew up as a musician along with my cultural experiences. I learned to play in church in Chicago. Playing trumpet in church allowed me the ability to express myself. [...]

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A Fitting Tribute to Dr. John at the Saenger Theater

Dr. John didn’t go to Jazz Fest this year, but Jazz Fest came to him. Many of the festival’s key players participated in a gala tribute to Dr. John (with top prices going at $500 per seat) at the Saenger Theater, an event shepherded by Blue Note president Don Was, who served as musical director [...]

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521 Frenchmen Street, Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Frenchmen Street: A New View

Frenchmen Street has seen a flurry of building activity over the past few months, most notably the new Dat Dog location and a three story building that is being constructed at 520 Frenchmen. The 520 building site, nestled between Bamboula’s and the Blue Nile, is hard to miss. At three stories tall and with an [...]

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John Lee Hooker and Zander Andreas, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Zander Andreas Celebrates 15 Years of Jazz Fest Shows

This year marks a decade-and-a-half of Alexander “Zander” Andreas producing shows during Jazz Fest. Many of Andreas’ concerts will take place at the Blue Nile, One Eyed Jacks and the Howlin’ Wolf, but the 15th anniversary show has been dubbed “The Grand Slam” at the Wolf, and will include myriad hip-hop artists, featuring Mannie Fresh, [...]

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Teacher and Student: Terrance Osborne and Richard Thomas Create Jazz Fest 2014 Posters

New Orleans artists Terrance Osborne and Richard Thomas produced a pair of posters for Jazz Fest 2014. Osborne’s poster features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and serves as the main Jazz Fest poster, while Thomas’ Congo Square poster features four views of iconic New Orleans R&B singer Ernie K-Doe. Osborne is a student of Thomas’, [...]

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Tommy Malone, photo, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

It’s Five Somewhere With Tommy Malone

With a new solo album out in April as well as a series of reunion gigs with his old group, the subdudes, Tommy Malone is primed and ready for spring in New Orleans. It’s been 16 years since the original subdudes line-up played together. What have you guys been up to? After we shut it [...]

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DJ Matty, photo, Joshua Brasted, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

My Music: DJ Matty

I’m from a small town, so people listened to country. Also I went to high school before rap music, so white kids mostly listened to country or ’70s rock. Black kids listened to “We Are Family” by the Sisters Sledge and “Le Freak,” disco stuff. It’s hard to imagine that world now. I went to [...]

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Creating Something Beautiful: Professor Longhair’s House is Restored

Professor Longhair’s newly renovated house on Terpsichore Street was officially unveiled to the public on Feb. 21. Fess’ daughter Pat Byrd tearfully cut the gold ribbon across the front door as the Stooges Brass Band filled the air with her late father’s music. This “Fesstoration” was a joint effort between by Project Homecoming, the Tipitina’s [...]

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