The Story of New Orleans’ SideBar 

Source: Downbeat.

Just days after the pandemic killed live music, when most venues across the country were struggling to adjust, SideBar founder/owner Keith Magruder started streaming high-quality shows from the shuttered venue. Last fall, those streams migrated to Magruder’s own SidePorch, a block away from the old SideBar, where he hosted the 2021 SideFest In Exile, complete with crawfish boil. Together with his Scatterjazz partner Andy Durta, a longtime curator of creative music in New Orleans, he took it to the next level by producing a regular Wednesday Scatterjazz/SideBar series at the Broadside, which also hosts special SJ/SB events. So far from shrinking SideBar’s reach, the pandemic has actually expanded it.