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Ponderosa Stomp 2010 Lineup Additions

September’s Ponderosa Stomp Festival has some changes to its roster. The festival has just added swamp bluesman Jimmy Dotson, gospel group The Relatives, New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll star Joyce […]

Brand-New: DJ Quickie Mart’s New Orleans Funk and Soul Mix

Martin Arceneaux, aka DJ Quickie Mart, collected vinyl 45s for years. He played with nearly every bonafide funk band in New Orleans. He suffered through Katrina’s aftermath and continued playing gigs […]

Tales of the Cocktail Kicks Off

This week, thousands of bartenders descend upon the city. They come from all over the world, bearing knowledge of spirits and techniques and liquor history, and don plastic badges on […]

YouTube du Jour: Be the One, Restore the Gulf

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUO3M7MYvAI[/youtube] According to “Be the One”, the star-studded video commissioned by New Orleans’ Women of the Storm, if you are affected by the Gulf Oil Spill, or just plain really […]

Jazz & Bounce: An Interesting Pairing at Republic

Republic will transform from a concert hall to a bounce party within 24 hours. Tonight, the venue will host a benefit for the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, a […]

YouTube du Jour: DJ Quickie Mart’s New Album

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPx-qbi6o20[/youtube] Yesterday, New Orleans-bred DJ Quickie Mart released the third volume in his smoke-filled series of hip-hop albums, Haze Diaries, with rapper Gotham Green. Quickie Mart produced the beats on […]

YouTube du Jour: John Sinclair

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa2WUksYGMw[/youtube] Poet/essayist/broadcaster/activist John Sinclair returns to New Orleans tonight to read from his new book, Sun Ra: Interviews & Essays, at 6 p.m at the Louisiana Music Factory. Here he […]

OffBeat Wins Three Press Club Awards

Saturday, July 17, the Press Club of New Orleans honored excellence in journalism in the Crescent City. In a ceremony at the Harrah’s Hotel, OffBeat was recognized in several categories. […]

Free Curren$y Now

Last week, New Orleans rapper Curren$y released his new album, Pilot Talk, on Island/Def Jam. Here’s a free download of “Skybourne” (featuring Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA) from the album.

YouTube du Jour: Honey Island Swamp Band

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab1Nmh6oVcg[/youtube] Tonight, the Honey Island Swamp Band plays Tipitina’s Free Fridays show. Here they are live in the studio playing “Wishing Well.”