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ARTFUL DUET: Emilie Rhys, Noel Rockmore exhibit at Jazz Museum

Despite not growing up with her portrait-painter father, Emilie Rhys is a third-generation artist. Following in famous New Orleans artist Noel Rockmore’s footsteps, Rhys specializes in depicting New Orleans musicians. […]

In Memoriam: Earl Bernhardt (1939-2019)

Earl Bernhardt, an entrepreneur, co-proprietor of the Tropical Isle chain of French Quarter clubs (with longtime partner Pam Fortner), friend and employer to many working musicians, and long-time president of […]

JEN: the Premier National Jazz Event in New Orleans

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) is a “global community that inspires collective improvisation in music, action and word. Their annual gathering [last held in New Orleans four years ago, and […]

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 […]

The complete list of nominees for the 2019 Best of the Beat Awards

The OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation’s Best of the Beat Nominations are in. We solicited nominations from musicians and many others in the music community. We then gave the […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Steve Masakowski

Steve Masakowski never focused on making teaching his career. While attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music he earned a Professional Diploma rather than a degree in music education. When pianist/educator […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Clarence “Delco” Dalcour

Best of the Beat Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer)   Clarence Dalcour, 71, is a soft-spoken man who as Big Chief Delco of the Creole Osceola displays old time […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Margie Perez

Margie Perez embodies what it means to be a working artist in New Orleans right now: she plays whenever possible, constantly expanding her reach with a variety of bands and […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Business: Shirani Rea of Peaches Records

When Shirani Rea opened Peaches Records in 1975, she became an independent business owner with a humanist approach to her bottom line. The beloved record store, now located on Magazine […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music: Charlie Gabriel

Lifetime Achievement in Music Charlie Gabriel When Charlie Gabriel, 87, was a youngster of maybe eight or nine years old, he had a talk with God. “I remember myself saying: […]