OffBeat (music magazine)
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|Editor-in-Chief||Jan V. Ramsey|
|Based in||New Orleans|
OffBeat is a monthly music magazine in New Orleans, Louisiana first published in 1988. It mainly focuses on the music scene of New Orleans and Louisiana, the region's culture and its cuisine. OffBeat covers wide range of local music including R&B, blues, brass bands, jazz, cajun music, zydeco, rock, hip-hop, Mardi Gras Indian, funk, and independent singer-songwriters.
OffBeat's support for the local music community has greatly contributed to the promotion of the scene and music in general in Mew Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. The club listings and disc reviews covering local independent labels are an indispensable information source for the New Orleans and Louisiana music lovers. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief is Jan V. Ramsey, who created the magazine as a means to promote and market local music and to improve the professionalism of the local music industry. It is published by OffBeat, Inc. OffBeat was the first magazine in New Orleans to return to publishing after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, despite losing all its staff and its printer.
OffBeat is distributed free of charge in metro New Orleans in records stores, hotels, and such, though it is charged elsewhere. The magazine has subscribers all over the US and in multiple foreign countries. In spring, OffBeat publishes two special issues: its "French Quarter Festival Souvenir Guide" in early April; and a special Jazz Fest issue (the "Jazz Fest Bible," with complete day-by-day schedules of festivals, detailed information on performers and club listings, with in-depth interviews with local musicians and cultural standard-bearers.
In addition to the monthly magazine, OffBeat also presents "The Best of the Beat Awards" to celebrate the local music and musicians, and also publishes "Louisiana Music Directory", an online directory containing listings of bands, musicians, record labels, clubs, etc. The "OffBeat Weekly Beat" is a free weekly email newsletter with breaking news and current music listings. The magazine's website at OffBeat.com was the first magazine website online in the state of Louisiana, and is popular with lovers of New Orleans and Louisiana music and culture worldwide. In 2010, OffBeat launched an iPhone application (OffBeat Mobile) to keep its readers apprised of what's happening in New Orleans music.
OffBeat is featured in the HBO series Treme. Its editorial resulted in the creation of characters (such as "DJ Davis McAlary," in reality local musician/DJ/writer Davis Rogan), and story lines in the series.