Of Human Bondage

Following a comprehensive battle of local rock acts, the highly anticipated announcement had finally arrived. The DJ stepped up to the microphone and the victor was proclaimed “The opening band […]

The Festivals of Summer ’96

Just when you thought it was safe to go back out there, a whole slew of festivals get cranking as the heat starts rising. Zephyrfest ‘96 (June 2)   The […]

Fest Focus: Bobby Rush

If live performances were subject to the rating system used by The Motion Picture Association of America, the stage show of blues man Bobby Rush would definitely qualify for an […]

The Annual Mardi Gras vs. Jazz Fest Debate; A Quick Overview of Jazz Fest Web Sites; Bingemen, Paula & the Pontiacs Pages

Mardi Gras is over, which means it’s time to plan for Jazz Fest. Internet users around the world already are. Dozens of posts to the music discussion Usenet newsgroups asking […]

OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Music Awards

Ever since we started publishing OffBeat in 1988, we’ve wanted to do something special to honor the great musicians and music industry people here in New Orleans-an awards event where […]

Corey Harris: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

In the hands of wise-beyond-his-years Corey Harris, traditional acoustic blues marches toward the 21st century.   On this Tuesday night in early October the Mermaid Lounge is a sanctuary. The […]

Larry Garner Becomes Full-Time Bluesman; The Continuing Adventures of “Smokey” Logg

At the beginning of 1995, Baton Rouge resident Larry Garner was strictly a part-time .. blues man. The 56-year-old family man had a secure job at a chemical plant, with […]

New Recordings by Nut, Of Human Bondage; the Faubourg Center Hosts Underground Music

Nut’s demo cassette does the boys proud. With wierdo keyboard effects high in the mix, they sound less like a thrash band and more like, uh, Devo gone hardcore or […]

Pondering the Future of Tipitina’s and the Merits of New Music from New Orleans; the Radiators’ and Neville Brothers’ Home Pages

The recent media coverage of Tipitina’s being put up for sale sparked a huge amount of discussion on the Internet. A thread on the newsgroup neworleans.info began almost immediately after […]

Tommy Ridgley: The Comeback Kid

Tommy Ridgley’s long wait is over. The vocalist, pianist and songwriter, who cut his first record in 1949 and was among the city’s upper echelon of R&B stars in the […]