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A Side Dish Rather Than The Entree

We asked our Weekly Beat readers about which bands they must see at the 2017 Jazz Fest , and of all the answers we received, less than half were interested […]

Yeah, you right.

All of sudden, and all at once, some massive changes are taking place in New Orleans’ music scene. Why this confluence of changes are happening now is a mystery, but here’s […]

The Changing Face of Jazz Fest

Going to Jazz Fest this weekend? I am. I missed two of the three days last weekend, alas, because I worked on Friday, and Saturday there was a monsoon. I […]

…Even more music festivals.
But not what you’d expect.

Yep, it’s the Jazz Fest: the big grand-daddy of music festivals rolls again this weekend. It’s changed from what it used to be, this is true. Stuff changes. But the […]

Rain, Rain, Go Away

It’s been raining for a week. Take a deep breath. Hold. Release slowly. Just over a week left for Jazz Fest. It’s imminent… The Jazz Fest staff just moved out […]

The Cube, Squared

This is what I’m starting call the week of “the cube”: on Wednesday the Jazz Fest announced its stage schedules, and on Wednesday, the French Quarter Festival put out their […]

What I Loved and Hated About Jazz Fest

Okay, Festival Productions people: don’t go nuts on me here. I’m not dissing the Jazz Fest this year. It was one of the better ones in memory: the lineup was […]

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 […]

Italians Named Joseph

I’m married to a  Italian, no excuse me, a Sicilian, named Joseph. Now the upcoming week is important because less than a week from now, we’ll be celebrating St. Joseph’s […]

Jazz Fest Is Over? Jimmy’s Keeps Trying.

Had a glorious second weekend at Jazz Fest—if you count Friday and Saturday. Thursday was too rainy and Friday too cold for my tastes, but I did go on Friday […]