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French Quarter Festival from A to Z: Your guide to every act at this year’s FQF

French Quarter Fest 2017 will feature more than 1,700 local artists on 24 stages spread throughout the Quarter. Our comprehensive and definitive guide to this year’s festival will help you […]

Big Bites of Street Culture: Photographer Michelle Elmore’s three new books

There’s a black and white photo of Glen David Andrews, clad in a crisp suit and brass band hat, hanging in a breakfast and lunch joint called The Hummingbird in […]

High Society: English import Andrew Hall celebrates 50 years of his Society Brass Band

Andrew Hall met David Bowie on just one occasion. “Wild, that was,” says Hall, sharing with textbook British dry wit the story of Bowie’s after-party for the 1970 “Night in […]

Next Level: Three daughters from three iconic fathers now set their own stage

New Orleans is known for its great musical families and jazz lineages where music is a craft, a business and a passion passed on from one generation to the next. […]

Booking It: French Quarter Fest’s Greg Schatz likes the crowd to be surprised

Local musicians are rarely given any real power or influence. Musicians generally don’t own nightclubs. Music journalists don’t often make music themselves. But in 2008, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg “Schatzy” […]

Super Sunday: Injuns Here Dey Come… Again

The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council is perhaps best recognized by the general population for presenting its spectacular Indian Super Sunday parade. It’s held annually Uptown on the third […]

Indian Secrets: Old and new Mardi Gras Indian traditions face off

“I’m not going to tell you my secrets now,” warns Clarence “Chief Delco” Delcour of the Creole Osceola Mardi Gras Indian gang. “I come from the old school of it; […]

Musicians’ Tattoos: Ink Tells the Tale

Musicians tell their stories through sound, but also on their skin.  OffBeat invited six Louisiana musicians to talk about their tattoos, why they got them and how their meanings and […]

Dennis Paul Williams: Zydeco’s Chordiologist in Residency

“I was never a zydeco guitar player,” explains Dennis Paul Williams, guitarist with Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas. “Back in the day, everybody was like, ‘You don’t sound like a […]

The Winners at Best of the Beat

The 22nd annual Best of the Beat Music Awards and party were held on January 19 at Generations Hall. The house was packed with the nominees, not only hoping to […]