Postcards from the Edge: Willie Lockett & the Blues Krewe Survive and Prosper on Bourbon Street

You should have been there. After the convention, we headed for the French Quarter and wandered into Rhythms, this big patio with a circus-tent top near the Canal Street end […]

On A Binge

The cavernous wooden passageways of the weathered near the corner of Orleans and Broad are lonely on this Sunday night. On the second level, most of the tiny rehearsal rooms […]

Club Scout

Let’s presume: you’re reading this issue of OffBeat so you’re probably in New Orleans and not, thankfully, somewhere ridiculous.  You are already aware of that massive smorgasbord of music in […]

Take A Chaw on These Mardi Gras Tidbits

Get out your new suits, gang, ’cause Mardi Gras is just a few days away. But meanwhile, take a chaw from our latest batch of plugs… DIAMOND DATES DEPT… Just […]

A Musical Collage for Carnival

The cover photo shoot, by participant: Rik Slave sang “We Are the World.” Fred LeBlanc bit Irma Thomas’ knee. Irma laughed at Fred. George Porter, Jr. ended up being late […]

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying (Epic)

Everyone knows that rock is largely derivative. True artists go to the trouble to reinvent what they borrow (see much of the Led Zeppelin catalog, for instance). Stevie Ray Vaughan […]

Hammond and Nauman Scott: The Blues Brothers

It’s the early morning hours in a smoky hole-in-the-wall dive. Inside, a raw, barebones blues band digs into a deep, gutsy groove and pours the soul over clanking beer bottles […]

Start the Year Off Right with OffBeat’s Guide to the Latest and Greatest

Out with the old, in with the new! Having had enough of the ’80s, we are well into the ’90s, and what’s happening? Quite a bit here in New Orleans, […]

Stuff We Liked in ’91

Everybody knows that year-end Top 10 lists are unfair (who, after all, has heard it all?), but we still love to read them. So we had the staff and a […]

Truly Alternative: And Now For Something Completely Different…

If I had a muffuletta for every band working out in New Orleans, I’d have my lunches covered until at least 1993. The following bands cover a musical spectrum from […]