No Go?

Recently, Dennis Persica wrote at The New Orleans Advocate:

Despite all of the recent public fretting, the go-cup is not being killed off. It’s only being regulated — regulated a lot more than, say, guns or campaign contributions.

The Moratorium's Over; Mimi's Silenced by Court Order

September 27, 2012 was an emotional day for the New Orleans music community. That afternoon, musicians, club owners, bartenders, fans, journalists and others met at Kermit's Speakeasy for a heated meeting expressing concern over the perceived crackdown by the city on zoning and permitting violations.

Evan Christopher Wants a Place to Play

Clarinet player Evan Christopher has been one of the leading figures in the current conversation about noise and neighborhoods, but that didn't come from an inherent desire for activism. He was looking out for his own interests as well as those of other musicians when he would periodically write me at OffBeat to express concerns about tip jars as the primary source of income, and how that practice compromises the artist and leaves many underpaid.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

"Our job tonight it to turn down the heat," announced Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. He spoke Thursday night to a full-ish house gathered at the Old U.S. Mint for this year's Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium on the theme of "Culture and Regulation," a timely talk considering the recent penalties handed down to St.

Noise About Noise

It wasn't pretty but it worked. Yesterday, 100 to 150 members of the music community packed into Kermit's Treme Speakeasy to express their outrage at what they perceive as the programmatic harrassment of live music, and whether it's actually happening or not, the anger and the frustration in the room were very real.

Dealing with City Hall: The Short Form

"Can you do what you want to do where you want to do it?" According to Scott Hutcheson, Cultural Economy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, that's the question. Recent controversies involving The Circle Bar and Siberia have caused some to think the Mayor has declared war on live music, but Hutcheson doesn't see it that way. "What you saw happen was not against musicians or the music. It was a business who was not in compliance with the licenses they had.