Shop for your favorite OffBeat merchandise
may 12 blogs tp

Times-Picayune Plans to Cut Staff and Publication Days

I had thoughts on the twilight of American Idol based on Ann Powers’ excellent analysis, but the news about changes at The Times-Picayune jumps in front. According to Gambit, The New York Times broke the story that the T-P is going to shift its thrust to Nola.com, cut the print edition to three days a [...]

Continue reading
By Kim Welsh

Gathering of the Tribe

Jan Ramsey kicked a hornets’ nest when she raised the issue of accessibility at Jazz Fest for those with disabilities. The conversation that followed in the comments on her post is lengthy, rambling and contentious, but there’s a near-universal sense that the festival ought to do better by festgoers who need help getting around. They’re [...]

Continue reading
New Orleans Square in Disney World. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

How Disneylanding Happens

Today’s Times-Picayune has a story by Jaquetta White on the revisions for the planned downtown taxing zone—an area from the river to Claiborne Avenue, and from the Pontchartrain Expressway to Elysian Fields. White writes: As is, the proposal, written and supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration and local tourism leaders and sponsored by state Sen. [...]

Continue reading
may 12 blogs pres hall

Jazz Fest Sunday: Preservation Hall, Foo Fighters, Asleep at the Wheel

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has spent the last few years establishing itself more than just the flag bearer for one stream of New Orleans music. Starting with the inclusion of Clint Maedgen and Carl LeBlanc (for a period) in the band’s lineup, the band has worked to be recognized as a part of American [...]

Continue reading
bombino-tuareg-guitarist

Jazz Fest Saturday: Bombino, Steve Earle, MyNameIsJohnMichael

When Rob Cambre and Quint Davis agree on something, the world is coming to an end or it’s something special. In the case of Bombino from Niger, it was one of the best sets of this year’s Jazz Fest. The young Tuareg guitarist led a four-piece band in the Blues Tent in a hypnotic set, [...]

Continue reading
theresa

Jazz Fest Friday: Mystikal, Theresa Andersson, Feufollet & Ani DiFranco

Friday at Jazz Fest was a good day for a lot of interesting music, even though little that I saw was wholly successful. Yvette Landry’s honky tonk and western swing knocked me out like it didlast year and was the most spot-on music I heard, while Mystikal was the most curious. I missed the start [...]

Continue reading
Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff, by Kim Welsh

Jazz Fest Thursday: Ladies First

I haven’t done the math, but it sure looked like Locals Thursday was Ladies Thursday. It was great to see two of the three main stages headlined by women—Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society and Florence + the Machine—but when female headliners are few and far between, it seems unfair to make fans choose. Spalding’s lateness [...]

Continue reading
may 12 blogs royal teeth

Royal Teeth Now With Dangerbird Records + Win A Jazz Fest Ticket From MyNameIsJohnMichael

Royal Teeth have signed to Dangerbird Records (Silversun Pickups, Boots Electric, Fitz and the Tantrums), and their song “Wild” has been featured in a Buick commercial. Here’s “Wild,” available for free download.   MyNameIsJohnMichael is so excited to play Jazz Fest Saturday, May 5 at 12:40 p.m. on the Gentilly Stage that the band is [...]

Continue reading
Brian Wilson at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, by Earl Perry

Jazz Fest Weekend One: Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Seun Kuti and More

Technical difficulties prevented my daily Jazz Fest report online this weekend. Here’s the weekend in one lengthy post. Thanks for your patience.   Friday Saturday’s Times-Picayune included a photo from the Beach Boys’ set with only the top of Brian Wilson’s head and his anxious eyes visible behind his white piano. As a picture of [...]

Continue reading
apr 12 blogs anders

Jazz Fest First-Timers Take Note

One of our readers, “Coach,” wrote us with his Jazz Fest guide for first-timers. Here it is. If you’ve got additions or other ideas that Coach may have missed, let us know. We may need to post your suggestions as well. Here are my band suggestions. Try to see them at night time as well [...]

Continue reading