Interview with Jan Ramsey, Offbeat Magazine (The Truth In This Art Beyond: New Orleans)

Interview with Jan Ramsey, Offbeat Magazine (The Truth In This Art Beyond: New Orleans)

In this episode of The Truth In This Art Beyond: New Orleans, host Rob Lee interviews Jan Ramsey, the founder of Offbeat Magazine. Join them as they delve into the world of New Orleans music and the role that Offbeat plays in showcasing the unique culture of the city and state.

About Jan Ramsey

Jan has been passionate about New Orleans as the most musical and interesting city in America for over 30 years, and has built Offbeat into the bible of the New Orleans music scene. With its goal of representing the music and culture to locals and readers all over the world, Offbeat strives to be honest in its editorial content and to help its clients' businesses succeed.

Join Rob and Jan as they discuss Jan's personal goal of converting everyone to appreciate and treasure the unique culture of New Orleans, and her long-term goal of making sure that Offbeat continues its mission as a cultural icon. They will also touch on Jan's dream of establishing a world-class music museum in New Orleans, and the role that Offbeat plays in promoting and showcasing the city's music and arts.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the vibrant music scene of New Orleans and the power of media to promote and preserve cultural heritage.

About Offbeat Magazine

is a New Orleans, Louisiana monthly local music magazine founded by Jan V. Ramsey in 1987. The magazine, published by OffBeat, Inc., focuses on the popular music of New Orleans and Louisiana, which is generally R&B, blues, jazz, rock, hip-hop, funk, and many other traditional styles of music popular in Louisiana. OffBeat was the first magazine in New Orleans to resume publishing after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, despite losing all its staff and its printer.

publishes several music festival oriented issues, including the "French Quarter Festival Souvenir Guide" in early April, and the "Jazz Fest Bible," a special Jazz Fest issue. These issues contain schedules of local music festivals, detailed information on performers and club listings, and interviews with local musicians. The magazine hosts a local music awards series, "The Best of the Beat Awards", to highlight local music and musicians, and also runs the "Louisiana Music Directory," containing listings of bands, musicians, record labels, and clubs in the state.
The magazine's website was the first magazine website online in the state of Louisiana.

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 storylines in the series.

Welcome to the Truth In This Art Beyond: New Orleans!

Having a diverse arts scene, New Orleans is one of the most interesting, culturally vibrant and unique cities in the world. 

Join Rob Lee, host of The Truth in This Art podcast, on his journey from Baltimore to New Orleans. As a lover of art and culture, Rob's favorite city to visit is the vibrant and dynamic city of New Orleans. In January of 2023, Rob visited the city to conduct a series of interviews as a love letter to the city and its rich culture. This episode is a part of the Baltimore to New Orleans series. 

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This interview was recorded in New Orleans during Mardi Gras season in January 2023. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Jan Ramsey
Jan Ramsey
Jan Ramsey is the founder, editor of OffBeat Magazine. New Orleans music & culture | Facebook & IG @offbeatmagazine | Newsletter: | YouTube:

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