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Vision Quest

A couple of weeks ago Mojo Mouth described a small conference, organized by the ELLA Project. This forum brought in music-involved people from all over the US and Canada to […]

Fake News

How many restaurants are there in New Orleans now? New restaurants bloomed five years out from Katrina, as did the overall population, but all at once it seems that restaurants […]

Learning from others to improve our lot

New Orleans is a unique city in many respects. But it doesn’t mean that we don’t have a lot to learn from other cities in the US. We all have […]

Co-opting Culture

New Orleans has an immense appeal for artists, always has: visual artists, writers, actors, and especially musicians. There something about the city that stimulates creativity. Maybe it’s the history, the […]

Guest Editorial: Louisiana Legislature Passes Favorable Music Industry Law

The following guest editorial was submitted by Reid Wick, who works for the Recording Academy. Also contributing to the article were Academy members Jay Weigel, Tim Kappel, Ken Shepherd and […]

Feet to the fire

It’s time that we hold our city leaders’ feet to the fire on their policies regarding music and culture. Now that Mitch Landrieu has almost officially finished his two terms […]

Learn a musical lesson from Bourbon and Frenchmen

Bourbon Street—in my lifetime—was New Orleans’ “music street” until it turned into more of a place for visitors and tourists to hear live music. For a decade, Frenchmen was the […]

Word To The Wise

OffBeat is dedicated to musicians and other artists. Thus, we support the rights of musicians, photographers, visual artists, writers and other performers to their Intellectual Property rights. Not to be […]

Guest Editorial: Why Musicians Don’t Get Paid—A New Orleans Musician’s View

This letter is in response to Jan Ramsey’s Mojo Mouth blog posted last week. Dear Jan: I’m writing today about your online op-ed about musicians’ pay. This is a subject […]

Why Are Frenchmen Street Musicians Undervalued?

Frenchmen Street musicians are undervalued. Some are only paid by tips, or a percentage of the bar ring. How has Frenchmen become less of a music street and more of a party street?