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My Music: Drummer Jarrel Allen

“I was born in New Orleans, grew up in the 9th Ward, some in the Lower 9th Ward in my early life but after Katrina and the flood I grew […]

Harold Battiste and Cher: I Got You Babe

When Cher brings her Here We Go Again Tour to New Orleans on December 13, she’ll be in the hometown of the musician who helped make her 55 years of […]

Heartbreak & Cocaine: Andre Lovett and his band are not easily pinned down

Any musician who plays in crowded New Orleans bars gets used to people coming up to them between sets and saying how much they sound like their favorite artist. Just […]

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 […]

Letters to the Editor, OffBeat Magazine December 2019

Overwhelmed? This letter is in response to Jan Ramsey’s blog “Not Dead Yet—Distribution Snafu Affects Retailers and Bands.”—ED Major labels have usurped distribution. The pressing plants are overwhelmed with their […]

Cuban Invasion: Roberto Carcassés & Cimafunk on tap in November

There is music everywhere in New Orleans just like here in Cuba,” said pianist and composer Roberto Carcassés by phone while sitting in a park in his hometown of Havana. […]

Yvette Landry discovers Warren Storm in a new book and CD

In southwest Louisiana, the singing, drumming godfather of swamp pop is a local celebrity. Warren Storm’s fans include Yvette Landry, the swamp pop and Cajun musician who’s written a new […]

Blues Out of Nowhere: The journey of Ghalia Vauthier

It’s one thing to pay your dues in order to sing the blues, but what if you discover the music, fall in love with it, learn to play it, and […]

The Devil Went Down to New Iberia: Johnny Sonnier

Johnny Sonnier refers to Cajun music as his blessing. Originals and covers that Sonnier put his own stamp on decades ago are some of the most requested on Cajun radio […]

Ghost Stories: New Orleans musician Paul Sanchez tells his tale

It’s been 15 years since New Orleans was left for dead after Hurricane Katrina. Officials from the lowest to the highest level of government looted what was left of the […]