Tag Archives: Jan Ramsey

Jazz Fest 1994

Guess who’s at Jazz Fest? Think I’ve changed since 1994? Well, chunkier and older for sure, and my hair got a lot more red, a little wiser, a lot deeper in debt, but I still enjoy Jazz Fest just as much as I did 20 years ago. I found this photo one night a few [...]

OffBeat Represents at 2013 Americana Music Conference

If you’re finding yourself in Nashville this week for the Americana Music Conference and Festival hosted by the Americana Music Association, don’t miss the chance to rub shoulders with OffBeat. Our publisher/editor-in-chief Jan Ramsey is appearing on a panel Thursday, September 19, and and later that night we’re sponsoring an evening of great Louisiana music [...]

OffBeat’s Big Night at 2013 New Orleans Press Club Awards

It was a big night for OffBeat at the Press Club of New Orleans awards, held July 20 at the Harrah’s Theater. OffBeat and its staff received 15 awards, including five first-place awards, and one of the night’s biggest, the Hal Ledet Award for Print Photography, which went to photographer Golden G. Richard, III. In [...]

Tumult Yields Promise

The year 2012 has been tumultuous, for sure. About halfway through, our longtime editor left unexpectedly, as did another staff member who had been with us for a long time—to go to law school in New York. It’s always hard to lose staff people whom you trust, and who support the magazine. But life goes [...]

BackTalk: OffBeat Publisher Jan Ramsey Looks Back on 25 Years

In 1979 New Orleans native and young divorced mother Jan Ramsey was driving home from work when a drunk driver jumped the median on I-10 and crashed head-on into her car. Prompt EMS response saved her life, but when Ramsey left the hospital seven months later she was permanently disabled and confined to a wheelchair. [...]

Open the (Funky) Butt Already

I received some welcome news yesterday: the Funky Butt is reopening. But not on North Rampart Street. Long a staple of North Rampart, the Funky Butt at Congo Square — named after the club where Buddy “King” Bolden played — was operated by the quirky and music-loving Richard Rochester. Rochester, seeking more adventures, reportedly moved [...]

October 2012 Letters to OffBeat

MAKE IT HAPPEN I have the outsider’s perspective, but still consider myself to be a “New Orleanian-in-exile.” I am a “Threadhead.” I spend my vacations in New Orleans, its music dominates my listening pleasure, its food makes my mouth water just at the thought of it, and my appreciation for its culture, history and ability [...]

Nurturing the Music Community

Sometimes, you just don’t know what you’re getting into. Oft-times, it’s a good thing you don’t—because if you did, you’d run for the hills. Thus was the case when OffBeat started, some 25 years ago. Had I known how hard the magazine business was, I probably would never have ventured into creating a print publication [...]

Amanda Schurr joins OffBeat

Am wishing you, in advance, a happy Katrina Day. It’s been seven years to the day when we were almost wiped off the face of the earth by that lovely storm. As I write this, and prepare to go home, hunker down and wait for the latest storm, it’s Monday afternoon, and it’s beautiful outside. [...]

Hurricane Anxiety

Am sitting in my (still) Katrina-damaged home thinking to myself: “Can we go through this again?” As of this writing, Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to strengthen and hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast east of New Orleans, which means our city will be be on the bad side of the storm, getting the most wind [...]