Bayou Boogaloo named one of the best festivals in New Orleans

The Best Festivals and Fairs in Louisiana | "Bayou Boogaloo| Set on the banks of the historic Bayou Saint John river, this 3-day festival fuses culture, creativity and entertainment and is widely considered one of New Orleans’ premier events, drawing an impressive 35,000 visitors each year. There’s live music, art and food in ample supply, plus a whole host of stalls offering anything from photographic prints, jewelry and woodworks to novelty items such as voodoo dolls, ceramic oyster stoneware and handcrafted hats. But there’s no doubting the main attraction here – music. With a total of four stages spread across the festival, and a diverse range of performers, there’s somethi

The 2016 Best of the Beat Awards

Offbeat Magazine The 2016 Best of The Beat Awards will take place at 6PM on January 19, 2017 at Generations Hall. Many of the city’s fine restaurants will be serving food that when the Best of the Beat Music Awards and Party returns to Generations Hall. Last year, 20-plus restaurants served our guests, and we expect a similar number this year, including the Gumbo Shop, Aurora Catering, Tee-Eva’s, Barcadia, Little Gem Saloon, Southern Candymakers, Three Muses, the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, Whole Foods Market, Bratz Y’all, Delish Mama, Nacho Mama’s, and many more. The 2016 Best of the Beat Music Awards and Party will feature performances by Valerie Sassyfras; Mia Borders; Soul Brass Band; th

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award: Detroit Brooks

Offbeat Magazine by Geraldine Wyckoff When Detroit Brooks walks through a door—of a church, a club, a coffeehouse—he’s greeted with smiles, hugs, handshakes and kisses. Though the New Orleans native is renowned as a fine guitarist, banjo player, vocalist and composer, Brooks also boasts a reputation for being just a really nice guy. When asked if he has any enemies, he humorously answers, “I don’t seek ’em,” and quickly adds, “I don’t know anybody who has or should have anything against me—if I done anybody wrong, I’m available to apologize to them.” Brooks, 65, grew up in a musical family with a foundation in gospel music—he and his siblings all sang in church. In the secular music world, o

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award: Darryl Young/Dancing Man 504

Offbeat Magazine by Frank Etheridge “I was asked one time: ‘Dancing Man, what is your signature move?’ “I told them, ‘A smile.’” Darryl Young, known (literally) the world over as Dancing Man 504, says this in recalling his response while sharing that story—and many more, all told with equal parts panache, purpose and humility—over coffee at Café Rose Nicaud. “Because once you kick the smile, then they’re smiling. So that’s the best move you got.” continue reading Offbeat Magazine photo by Elsa Hahne

Horns to Havana Community Concert

During Horns to Havana - Non-Profit New Orleans residency, we were pleased to sponsor a free community concert alongside CubaNOLA Arts Collective featuring the gifted young players from Havana’s Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán, whose jazz orchestra performed along with members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as part of their residency with the Preservation Halll Foundation. The Amadeo Roldán Conservatory is Cuba’s premiere academy of music. The school was founded in 1903 and is located in a lovely neoclassical building in Central Havana, where it has been housed since 1942. Distinguished alumnae include Gonzalo Roig, Diego Bonilla and the great composer, orchestra leader and musician Amadeo R

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