Mark Hughes Brought Community Into Music Education at Lusher

On May 20, 2019 students, parents, and what seemed like every adult who’s known Mark Hughes in the past 20 years piled into the back lot of Pine Street and Willow Street for his last morning meeting, which was a tribute to his time at . The elementary school students excitedly buzzed in their homeroom lines, while adults crammed into any extra space around the perimeter.

We Need to Dream Bigger Dreams for New Orleans' Musicians

It’s great that Gambit Weekly called this week for better, fairer treatment of musicians in New Orleans considering the outsized role they play in not only shaping the city’s day to day reality but its identity for centuries. We need more voices to point out that the people who make the music are no longer able to afford to live in the city in many cases, and that the economic reality of a musician’s life is brutal. New Orleans does need to figure out ways to make it easier for musicians to make music here.

Papa Brees, Papa Mali, and Saints Superstitions

Tonight, the New Orleans Saints open their preseason at home against the Tennessee Titans. Today in The New Orleans Advocate, I talk to musicians about their levels of Saints fandom. Some are indifferent, some are emotionally wracked, some are diehard and will face hostile audiences in other teams’ stadiums to see the Saints. After I filed the story, musicians continued to send me thoughts and comments, so I moved some to here. 

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