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Partners-N-Crime: 25 years of bouncing beyond expectations

Last November, New Orleans rap progenitors Partners-N-Crime (comprised of Michael “Mr. Meana” Patterson and Walter “Kango Slim” Williams) toasted to their 25th anniversary with a concert at the Joy Theater […]

Songwriting with Soldiers: Mary Gauthier goes where the hurt is

Mary Gauthier digs deeply for a song. She never fears exposing the darker places in the human soul. “My natural instinct is to go deep,” the Nashville-based singer-songwriter from Baton […]

Fire in the Hole: The spirit work of Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors

When Victor Harris came out in his beautiful new red suit on Carnival Day 2018, it marked his 53rd year masking Indian, the most in the history of the Mardi […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: R&B standouts

In this month’s installment of essential New Orleans songs, we look at some of the cornerstones of New Orleans R&B. Each of these songs made an impression nationally and left […]

No Monkeying Around: The Radiators celebrate their 40th anniversary with a new album

Forty years now of Radiators. From playing with Fess, from backing up Earl King, to a major label recording deal, national tours and closing out Jazz Fest, to losing the […]

Worlds Apart: Courir de Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Mardi Gras in Cajun country can be worlds part. Parades, floats, beads, marching bands and even spectators are traditionally not part of the rural […]

Raw and Nervy: Sonia Tetlow’s sense of optimism

When Sonia Tetlow started playing around town, doing raw and nervy songs with an acoustic guitar, she got told she was too rock for folk and too folk for rock. […]

Singing and the Drums Jamison Ross’ rhythm and melody

“I’m sitting down at the drums with nothing but melodies on my mind,” sings Jamison Ross on the groove tune “Call Me” from his new Concord Jazz release, All For […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: Mardi Gras songs

Welcome to what may be the most ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken here at OffBeat. As promised last month, in honor of the 300th birthday of New Orleans, we’re going […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Business: Steve and Cézanne Nails

After a car crash left musician Steve Nails paralyzed in 1984, he searched for a way to stay in music. Dockside Studio on the banks of the Vermilion River near […]