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Guest Blog: Trombone Shorty Academy Kids Jam With John Scofield

We made it! Day 1 in New York City is a wrap! After an early (4 a.m.) meet up at MSY, our group of 17 boarded the first flight to […]


Thirty years ago, when OffBeat was born, there was very little coverage of music in New Orleans. This is hard to believe, in a city where Jazz was born and […]

Guest Blog: Trombone Shorty Academy Kids Take New York City!

Friends of New Orleans music and culture! I’m writing this from Mid-City, as the Trombone Shorty Foundation prepares to take our show on the road and embark on our inaugural […]

Needed: A Different Type of Business Leader

I live in different  world, populated by musicians, bands, managers, bar and club owners, publicity peeps, sound guys, promoters, artists, photographers, festival producers, whatever. But it’s still a business world. […]

Where’s The Vision?

The title of a recent article in the Times-Picayune: “Can New Orleans Become A Thriving Music Industry Hub Like Nashville?” Wait. Have I heard this question posed before?? At least a […]

Adopt vs Co-opt

Right after the March issue that features Dancing Man 504 (Darryl Young) on the cover hit the street, we received a letter from the chief of a local Mardi Gras […]

The Return of the ’60s, Let’s Hope

One of the most difficult things to come to terms with is the inevitability of change, especially change over a period of a lifetime. As the world turns and things […]

Party Like You’re Local—
With Somewhat of a Brain

Coming to your Mardi Gras soon: Biodegradable beads in; plastic beads out. No more clogged city drains, no more seemingly immortal beads on oak trees throughout the year. Ditto offensive throws. […]

Bring Back Storyville

Hey, I’m a local. That means the last time I went to Bourbon Street to an “adult-oriented” venue (a euphemism for a strip club) was quite a while ago, and […]

Practice Required

If you think you can inspire kids to be musicians by providing music lessons and education in schools, and also improve their math and academic scores—well, you’re right. It’s a […]