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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oh, boo hoo.

Here we go again: this morning’s Time-Pic had another letter protesting live music. Published right at the top of the Letters page, it’s the same old complainers, the moneyed classes […]

How Ironic

When the last mayoral race took place, OffBeat Magazine, the Loyola Music Business Studies program and MusicSwingsVotes.org and several concerned members of the music community, including Reid Wick of the […]

Killing the Goose

Front page of the Times-Pic (counting down to semi-oblivion) today: “Live music permit crackdown unplugs two popular bars.” The Circle Bar on St. Charles Avenue and Siberia on St. Claude […]

Satchmo and Big Ideas

Okay, I know I’m supposed to be a music nerd, but I’m less of a nerd than a fan. Music moves me. I don’t try to analyze it too much, […]

Times They Are A-Changin’

I’m working late, and the music is on: one of my favorite things to do is to work on graphic stuff, write and research when everyone’s left the office and […]

Uncle Lionel Batiste Funeral Arrangements

“Uncle” Lionel Batiste‘s funeral arrangements have been announced by his family. Mr. Batiste died earlier this week, and will be sadly missed by the New Orleans music community and his […]

The First Heroine of Louisiana Music

I can’t remember when I first met Maggie Warwick, but it was probably around 1990, when I served on the advisory board of the Louisiana Music Commission, and she was […]