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It Should Still Be a Music Circle

It’s been a bad week: first Leah Chase, then Dr. John, then Spencer Bohren. Mrs. Chase had a beautiful send-off, and I am hoping that we can do the same […]

Reinstate the Amusement Tax?

Once again, New Orleans is talking about reinstating the onerous Amusement TaxL: killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

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 […]

Women in Music

Women in music in New Orleans are few and far between.

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 […]

Music Industry Education Key To NOLA Music Business

Music business education is key to the success or and establishment of a thriving music industry in New Orleans.

Jazz Fest’s 50 Years of Family Ties

As of Thursday, we’ll be embarking on a journey into the second 50 years of the Jazz Fest’s centennial year…God willing. It started as a foray by the city into […]

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 […]

Are Festival Headliners A Thing of The Past?

With the chaos caused by the cancellation of the Stones (Mick’s heart) and then Fleetwood Mac (Stevie’s flu), the Jazz Fest rounded up Widespread Panic, a great band, but one […]

Heart Derailed By A Heart

How will the Jazz Fest (booked by Festival Productions New Orleans—FPI) replace the Rolling Stones, now that they’ve cancelled their performance due to Mick Jagger’s heart condition? Huge question. I […]