OffBeat is the definitive guide to New Orleans and Louisiana’s music, arts, culture and cuisine. OffBeat Magazine is printed monthly and features news, reviews, interviews and profiles from the streets of the Crescent City and across the Bayou State. Since its inception in 1988, OffBeat Magazine has been distributed for free across the metro-New Orleans area and available nationally and internationally via subscription. OffBeat’s media family also includes the Weekly Beat e-Newsletter, the OffBeat New Orleans Mobile app, the Louisiana Music Directory online database and OffBeat.com.
Jan Ramsey started OffBeat and its associated entities more than two decades ago as an effort to improve and expand local music culture and business. Known for her scathing “Mojo Mouth” essays, Jan has been a music activist since the early 1980s, loves local culture and lives down the street from the H&R Bar — which was blown away by Katrina — just to prove it. She is a native New Orleanian and a (former) good Catholic girl. Email Jan
Managing Editor, Business Manager
Joseph Irrera, a native of Brooklyn, is living proof that “real men” listen to opera. Joseph, whose forebears came from Sicily, has composed hundreds of pop songs few human beings have been privileged to hear, although he recently performed a song he composed for his wife (Jan Ramsey) at their wedding. He’s also an aficionado of and expert on classical music and opera, as well as European and mid-20th century U.S. pop music.
Art Director, Food Editor
Elsa Hahne is OffBeat‘s “allt-i-allo”—a Swedish term for someone who does pretty much everything. A photographer and writer, Hahne was born in Sweden and has been working as a journalist since 1994 from Stockholm, Bordeaux (France), New York and New Orleans. Her first book, You Are Where You Eat: Stories and Recipes from the Neighborhoods of New Orleans, was published by University Press of Mississippi in 2008. Her new book, The Gravy: In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians (High ISO Music, 2013) is based on her monthly cooking series in OffBeat (2008-2013).
John Swenson has been writing about popular music since 1967. He joined OffBeat‘s staff in 1999 before editing the award-winning website jazze.com for Knit Media, then returned to OffBeat in 2005. He has worked as an editor at Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Circus and Rock World and was a syndicated music columnist for more than 20 years at United Press International and Reuters. Swenson has written 14 published books including biographies of Bill Haley, the Who, Stevie Wonder and the Eagles and co-edited the original Rolling Stone Record Guide with Dave Marsh. He is also the editor of The Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide. His most recent book, New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans, was named Book of the Year by Jazz Times magazine.
Steve Maloney has been writing about his hometown of New Orleans since he first became a journalist in 2005. As a reporter at St. Tammany News and then New Orleans CityBusiness, Steve covered education and nonprofits on both sides of Lake Pontchartrain. After spending four years in the marketing world, Steve returned to his roots in journalism when he joined the OffBeat staff as the Web Editor in 2014. A lifelong fan of New Orleans music, Steve writes features and takes pictures for photo galleries on OffBeat.com and contributes to the monthly print edition as an author and copy editor. A fan of 50s and 60s New Orleans R&B, Steve dearly misses the jukebox at the old Jaeger’s on the lake. Email Steve
Katie Walenter is the music listings editor for OffBeat’s website and magazine. She also works as a freelance writer and editor. To add an event to OffBeat’s listings calendar, please email Katie.
Marketing & Sales
Miami, Florida native Carly Levenshon came to New Orleans in 2006 to study Marketing and Management at Tulane University. A fan of the city’s music, food and culture, Carly joined OffBeat’s staff in the summer of 2012. For advertising and marketing inquiries, email Carly.
Poppy, a mix between a Maltese and a Poodle, arrived at OffBeat in 2006. She quickly demonstrated her ability to relieve stress. She provides excellent social support and makes it virtually impossible to stay in a bad mood when her pair of loving puppy eyes meets yours.