Tag Archives: Tourism

The Big Issue:
Does Progress Destroy Culture?

It seems that tourism in New Orleans has officially reached a point where an ongoing dialogue between policy makers and culture bearers is now a daily, or at least weekly, desire. This week, the conversation takes shape as part of “The Big Issue” Tulane-Hillel series and asks the question, “Does progress destroy culture?” The public, [...]

By the Numbers: Sweet Home New Orleans releases 2012 State of the New Orleans Music Community Report

As many know, OffBeat has been reporting on intense changes taking place in New Orleans over the past few years in our government’s music, culture and entertainment policies with lawmakers’ focus on driving tourism – a practice that has roused widespread controversy among musicians, culture bearers and small business owners even more so in the [...]

“Culture & Regulation” Public Talk at Old U.S. Mint April 4

The topic of “Culture & Regulation”— in other words, what happens when the issues of “cultural expression” and varying definitions of “quality of life” run up against each other — is especially, and increasingly, relevant to New Orleanians. This has been a particularly hot issue of late with new residents and businesses moving in since [...]

YouTube du Jour: New Orleans in The Monster and the Stripper

While looking for some throwback YouTube clips from New Orleans, we came across this gem: an introduction to the 1968 b-to-the-extreme movie The Monster and the Stripper a.k.a. The Exotic Ones, made by Nashville’s “first family of film”, the Ormonds. The movie’s about a swamp monster (played by rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef) captured by a [...]

Tourism Funding Should Include Tip Jar for Musicians

In just six weeks this past spring, the New Orleans music community demonstrated its post-Katrina vitality and proved its incalculable value as a tourist draw beyond even the glimmer of a doubt. From an increasingly well-attended and musically varied French Quarter Fest in early April through one of the most satisfying and pleasurable Jazz Fests [...]

Musical Birthplace

What impact does listening to music have on you? Is it an art form that you listen to on the radio on your way to work? Or in your office, or while you get your teeth cleaned? Or at a festival, while you’re eating and talking with friends? Or in a bar, when you’re having [...]

July 2012 Letters

NEW MUSIC I just had to finally write and tell you how much I love your magazine/newsletter and all that you do to promote the wonderful culture, music, food and more of a place that I hold dear in my heart. I’m a volunteer radio DJ at a public station up in Juneau, Alaska, and [...]

How Disneylanding Happens

Today’s Times-Picayune has a story by Jaquetta White on the revisions for the planned downtown taxing zone—an area from the river to Claiborne Avenue, and from the Pontchartrain Expressway to Elysian Fields. White writes: As is, the proposal, written and supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration and local tourism leaders and sponsored by state Sen. [...]

July 2011 Letters

ADVERTISING MUSIC This is in response to Jan Ramsey’s blog post “Pick Your?”.—Ed. Right on about increasing Louisiana tourism by advertising our music! We play many festivals, performing arts centers, concert series, etc. At every show, we pause at one point and ask the audience, “Who here is from Louisiana?” Then we ask, “Who has [...]

Missing the Music Boat…with Some Potential Lifesavers

Having been in the business of promoting New Orleans and Louisiana music for over 25 years, I’ve seen its acceptance in the mainstream ebb and flow. Having tourism officials recognize the value of using our music to attract visitors has been up-and-down. The last big push we had for music statewide ended when Mitch Landrieu [...]