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Do New Orleans Bars Respect Musicians?

New Orleans clubs and bars don’t care about the musicians who bring in patrons.

Music Districts Needed

Currently, New Orleans has very few real music and entertainment districts. Locals know where the hip bars are, and where there’s some music in places “where locals go” (that used […]

Back to Bourbon

If you’re familiar with our fair city, you know we tend to get stuck in our ways. We’ve never been a city for stretching its neck out to try something […]

Frankenstein

Thirty years ago, when OffBeat was born, there was very little coverage of music in New Orleans. This is hard to believe, in a city where Jazz was born and […]

Learn a musical lesson from Bourbon and Frenchmen

Bourbon Street—in my lifetime—was New Orleans’ “music street” until it turned into more of a place for visitors and tourists to hear live music. For a decade, Frenchmen was the […]

Bourbon Street Needs Fixing

Groups including the Bourbon Street Business League, which represents Bourbon Street businesses, the French Quarter Advocates (containing primarily residents) and others are weighing in on a city plan to make […]

No Need For Sacred Debutantes, Send Me A Meme

Once again, the debutantes are upon us. It’s “the season.” You’d think that more locals would be able to come up with some hilarious New Orleans memes. Well. I wish someone would […]

Fixing Frenchmen Street

Up until maybe three or four years ago, Frenchmen Street was the place where “the locals went to hear great music.” Back then the ratios of locals to tourists was […]

The Sound of Silence

What would New Orleans be like without music? A New Orleans with only silence instead of street performers, live music clubs, marching bands, jazz funerals, Mardi Gras Indians and restaurants. […]

Whilst in London

I didn’t advertise it—I have learned my lesson from hearing about people who were burglarized when they announced their travel plans on Facebook—but last week at this time I was […]