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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I had the pleasure this week of speaking to a small class of teenaged musicians, led by local clarinetist Gregory Agid. Agid is the Artistic Director of the Second Line […]

Pick Up A Book, Put Down The Gun

I just polled the OffBeat staff to see how many of us are actually reading books these days. I’m relieved to say that almost all of our staff are big […]

Guest Blog: The Ella Project Applauds Sen. Kennedy for Supporting Net Neutrality

It’s easy to be cynical about what’s happening with our Federal government in Washington, DC. Between the antagonism, gridlock and overall messiness of Congress, we sometimes lose sight of positive […]

How things change. Or not.

In 1984, almost two generations ago, the 1984 World’s  Fair  took over New Orleans, and there was a ton of attention that was focused on the city. Back then, I […]

Keep your mind open

As a veteran festival-goer, my routine usually involves staying away from the “big names.” I know that the headliners at the big fests are the ones who are the big […]

[Photo Essay] Jazz Fest 2018: Late Night Ventures

There’s a reason we refer to this time of the year as ‘Jazz Fest Season.’ It comes with the implication that what goes on during this magical season goes well […]

Are free festivals a thing of the past?

The upcoming (and always free) Bayou Boogaloo will be forced to charge a $5.00 admission on Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday a $10.00 admission fee after 3 p.m. The […]

The Residents Bring Mystery To Music Box Village (Concert Review)

It’s been 44 years since Shreveport-founded experimental collective The Residents released its debut album, but somehow, in all that time, the group never made it to New Orleans. That changed […]

Maurice the Horn Wizard

For as many horn players as you might see roaming the streets of New Orleans, the circulation of instruments remains somewhat of a mystery for most. When investigating the matter, […]

Back to Bourbon

If you’re familiar with our fair city, you know we tend to get stuck in our ways. We’ve never been a city for stretching its neck out to try something […]