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New Music Year Awaits

This year has brought a lot of changes to New Orleans. We have a new woman mayor, for the first time in the history of the City. Ms. Cantrell has […]

Who Do You Love?

With the revolution busting men for sexually harassing women, the question has been asked: How do you love someone who’s done something really bad? I imagine this question is considered […]

Irvin Mayfield Saga Continues

In this issue of OffBeat, we published a couple of letters we received regarding Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Library Foundation scandal, and OffBeat’s editorial response to the letters. […]

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is not about Mayfield

It’s been a little over a week since it was first brought to light that close to $900,000 was funneled to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and its project, the […]

Millage For Mayfield

You have to hand it to Irvin Mayfield: this talented musician knows how to raise money and how to influence the right people. Along with his lifelong friend, Ronald Markham, […]

Dirt, Dust and Trees Celebrates Author Ernest Gaines

Updated: 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 27 To celebrate the first public performance of Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Dirt, Dust and Trees — A Tribute to Literary […]

Treme Episode 9: Musicians Seal the Deals

Most of the musicians on Treme play themselves. Others are given small acting roles, and a very few are actually both musicians and actors playing out storylines that overlap with […]

‘Tis the Season: John Waters, Spotify and More

Listen to “An OffBeat Christmas 2011” playlist on Spotify In 2004, filmmaker/artist/writer John Waters extended his exploration of taste to Christmas music when he released A John Waters Christmas. Unfortunately, […]

Perpetuating Jazz

Had a surprise visit from Harold Battiste, Jr., who is one of my favorite people in the world. Harold is a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and entrepreneur who has been […]

Music at the Cathedral

When’s the last time you visited St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square? When I was a kid, we’d visit when we came to New Orleans, and I especially liked going […]