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Mojo Mouth: A Note From OffBeat Publisher Jan Ramsey

A Busy New Year, Musically By the time this issue of OffBeat hits the street, it’ll be past Christmas and in that weird time of year during the holidays that’s […]

Mojo Mouth December 2019: Do We Really Want Shiny and Soulless?

I’m sitting on my perch on Frenchmen and Decatur, preparing to send this issue to our printer, all the while listening to Keith Abel, who conducts New Orleans tours. He […]

The Difference Between New Orleans and Nashville

My friend John Snyder, attorney, producer, professor and visionary recently retired as the director of Loyola’s Music Industry Studies Program. A lot of students and colleagues (myself included) hated to […]

Two Things That Get Me About New Orleans. Well, Maybe Three.

It’s kicking into fall festival season, and as usual, there are too many things to do every weekend. Couple that with football season and there’s certainly never a dull moment. […]

Another Adios

I hate telling my friends goodbye, but it’s part of life: another one of my generation’s music icons has passed away: Art Neville. I’m sure there will be more; it’s […]

It’s Not Over Yet. It Will Never Be Over.

It’s been a very rough month in the cultural community of New Orleans: writer Ronnie Virgets; restaurateur/activist Leah Chase; musicians Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack and Spencer Bohren; and artist Jamie […]

Music on their minds?: A Note from Publisher Jan Ramsey

The big spring festivals have come and gone and we’re gearing up for the summer doldrums. That’s the way it is in New Orleans and has been for as long […]

Mojo Mouth, May 2019: Nothing Stays The Same

One of my all-time favorite songs is “Everything Must Change,” written by the late vocalist Benard Ighner, that’s been covered so beautifully by singers like Davell Crawford, George Benson, Nina […]

Mojo Mouth: Jazz Fest Hits 50

I was a teenager living in another state when the first New Orleans Jazz Fest & Heritage Festival was born. Both my parents were born here, but my daddy picked up […]

MOJO MOUTH, April 2019: Honorarily Deserved

French Quarter Festival takes over the city’s oldest neighborhood in mid-April every year, and thank goodness it does. With 23 stages of all-local music of all kinds, FQF is a […]