Jazz Fest ’94 Revisited

  The 1st Annual Unofficial OffBeat Jazz Fest Awards – Michel Tisserand There’s no better time than a 25th anniversary to launch the first annual awards for the highlights and […]

Quint Davis: Man at the Top

Quint Davis was one of the young workers at the Tulane Jazz Archive that northeastern concert promoter George Wein recruited to help him stage a traditional New Orleans music festival […]

C.C. Adcock Revives the Ghost of Swamp Pop; New Music from Bluerunners, Zydeco Force

There’s a name for what moves Layayette guitarist C.C. Adcock: Swamp Pop. The South Louisiana hybrid melted early rock and roll, French Cajun, country, Gulf Coast blues and New Orleans […]

Another Artist Scores with Song on Evangeline Album; Nocentelli Quits Meters

If you don’t think that luck and timing count for as much as anything in the music business, talk to the members of Evangeline. “She’s A Wild One,” a song […]

Carnival Tales

Dave Malone “Mardi Gras is kind of like the ’60s,” says the Radiators’ Dave Malone. “If you remember it, you weren’t really there.” Thus, Dave’s recall of his hard-livin’ early […]

OffBeat Columnists Go AWOL for “48 Hours”; Lump Triumphs at Rock-A-Rama

Contrary to appearances, there was no Thanksgiving Day Massacre around the OffBeat offices. “Eye Music,” “Crescent City Bounce,” “Strictly Jazz,” “10 West” and all of our other regular columns will […]

Blues Festin’

A look back at the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival, the King Biscuit Blues Festival, and the Handy Awards.   A journey up Route 55 to fabled Highway 61 leads into […]

Deepest Blues

Journalist-turned-producer Robert Palmer tells the tale of how he found himself recording North Mississippi blues artists — persevering through lightning strikes and the idiosyncrasies of the region.   Robert Palmer […]

Livin’ Large: The Hard Life, Fast Times, and Golden Smile of J. Monque’D

It is a beautiful day in J. Monque’D’s neighborhood. You can’t quite see the Mississippi River from the door of his rented shotgun apartment, but you can feel the cool […]

James Hall Rising

With musical prowess, a natural flair for the dramatic and an intriguing first album, Hall and his band are the most promising unit on the local alternative scene.   The […]