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 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 […]

Jazz Fest ’95 in Review

Like its 25 predecessors, the 1995 Jazz Festival had its moments, both memorable and forgettable. Our writers and photographers document some of each. MOST OMNIPRESENT POP STAR: With a straw […]

Fest Focus: Little Feat

When Little Feat’s founding member and songwriting visionary Lowell George died in 1979, the seemingly permanent end of the band prompted Bonnie Raitt to say, “I miss Little Feat like […]

Night Crawl: OffBeat’s Annual Guide to Fest Life After Dark

Hey, hey, hey, it’s that time again. Hope y’all are well-rested when you arrive for Jazz Fest because with all the incredible music in town, you will be crawling on […]

Alex Chilton Lets Them Scream

Alex Chilton is strolling through the women’s clothing section of the Woolworth’s at Rampart and Canal, discussing astrology and rain coats. Astrology had come up a few moments ago at […]

Look at Snooks Eaglin Now!: On the Road Again

Late one foggy night many years ago, a night steeped in the lore of New Orleans R&B, a ’49 Studebaker barreled down a lonely road between Donaldsonville and New Orleans, […]