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December 2000: Livin’ La Vida Tuba

OffBeat Magazine is celebrating 30 years and reached that milestone with our November 2017 issue. To mark the anniversary, over the next 12 months OffBeat will re-publish excerpts from features […]

March 1, 1949: Louis Armstrong’s Reign As King Zulu

In June of 1926, when Louis Armstrong was 24-years-old, the trumpeter and his Hot Five entered the Okeh recording studio and cut “The King of the Zulus,” a tribute to […]

Robert Mercurio

Galactic, arguably the most popular New Orleans band in the contemporary galaxy, celebrates its tenth anniversary on September 9 and 10 at Tipitinas’s, augmented by a universe of guest stars, […]

Various Artists, Swing Around The World (Putumayo)

This is certainly one of the odder Putumayo compilations, featuring 12 selections of broadly defined “swing” music from the planet Earth, including three tunes from Louisiana: the New Orleans Jazz […]

The Peasall Sisters, Home To You (Dualtone)

Hannah, Leah and Sarah Peasall are three young sisters from Tennessee, the oldest of which just graduated from high school. Their big break came when they were featured on the […]

Ivan Neville: The Return of the Prodigal Son

“If Keith Richards tells you you’re a little too out-of-control, you’re in bad shape.” When Ivan Neville was born in New Orleans on August 19, 1959, his mother Joel’s family […]

Holy Trinity: Paul Prudhomme

CHEF PAUL PRUDHOMME Without a doubt, Chef Paul Prudhomme is the most famous Cajun cook in the world—scratch that, the most famous Cajun in the world. After introducing the planet […]

Corrosion of Conformity

The difference between Stanton Moore, drummer for funk-rock band Galactic, and Stanton Moore, drummer for heavy metal band Corrosion of Conformity, is the difference between Clark Kent and Superman. Or […]

Holy Trinity: Susan Spicer

Since beginning her cooking career as an apprentice to Chef Daniel Bonnot at the Louis XVI Restaurant in 1979, Susan Spicer has emerged as one of New Orleans’ most renowned […]