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We Got A Good Thing

For a number of years, actually since after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, the character of both the French Quarter Festival (FQF) and the New Orleans Jazz & […]

Mardi Gras Mixed Emotions

Get out the face paint, the masks, the lewd costumes, the ladders, the beer and alcoholic beverages with a side of red beans and rice and fried chicken: Mardi Gras […]

Mandatory Music Surcharges Could Pay Musicians More

One of the ways we use the Weekly Beat is to get our readers’ opinions on a variety of topics. Some months ago, our poll asked our readers—arguably a group […]

Doing Your Homework: The Start to Municipal Music Strategy Development

The following is a guest blog post done in partnership with The Ella Project on behalf of Music Policy Forum and written by Lynn Ross, Cultural Planner for the City of […]

Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Once again, New Orleans is amking a push to improve and develop its music industry infrastructure.

Throw Us Some Money, Mister.

New Orleans lives and dies by its culture. That’s why we have such a thriving hospitality industry.  We’re not Nashville. We’re not Charleston, we’re not Dallas or Memphis. Certainly not Las […]

New Orleans Is Not Coachella:
Guest Editorial

Whenever Jazz Fest announces its upcoming lineup, there are always people who dislike and like to dispute the choices made for booking and managing the Fest. The 2019 complete lineup […]

Common Goals Needed

New Orleans’ m,usic community, and the city as a whole, runs on a mentality of turf prtection with no common goals.

Is It Important To Own Music?

Those who actually buy recordings in a physical format are the ones who will keep music from dying a digital death. Ted Gioia tells you why.

Tipitina’s: As It Should and Will Be

Tipitina’s New Orleans is now owned by the band Galactic.