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I’ll Be Brief…: OffBeat’s expanding digital only content

I’m actually forced into being succinct in this Mojo Mouth column because, well, there’s not a lot of room to express myself here. Just like other print media, OffBeat is […]

More Burlesque, If You Please

Burlesque and artful striptease are wonderful. I’m talking about the old-fashioned kind, the definition of which is “a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus.” Bourbon Street, the center of New Orleans’ adult entertainment, wasn’t always […]

Fix It Please

Last week the most current Director of the City’s Cultural Economy Office, musician and academician Dr. Brice Miller, was let go. He lasted three months. In the time he served, […]

Music Districts Needed

Currently, New Orleans has very few real music and entertainment districts. Locals know where the hip bars are, and where there’s some music in places “where locals go” (that used […]

The Song’s the Thing: Can more New Orleans songwriters capitalize?

I just read an article in New York magazine about songwriters and their process and it got me thinking about New Orleans’ music industry, especially as it has to do with […]

Musicians Need To Make A Living Wage

Bars and clubs that have music don’t really have the clout they used to in influencing locals because they advertise and promote their music much less than they used to. […]

Elephant in The Room

This morning’s news coverage in both local newspapers was dominated by the shooting on South Claiborne of 10 people, three of whom died. Gang members were chasing someone they had […]

Mojo Mouth: Changing Venues [August 2018]

It’s awfully interesting to observe the changes that have occurred in the music scene since OffBeat opened its doors in 1988. I’m a little concerned that the market for live […]

Making Music For A Living is Harder Than Ever

Playing music in New Orleans is hard work. Who wants to play for tips?

Laissez-Faire Not Always What We Need

More and more often, the issues you hear concerning music in New Orleans have to do with two things: the inability of the city to enforce regulations that are set […]