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Howie Kaplan Takes Over the Helm for Nighttime Economy Office


The new head of the Mayor’s Office of Nighttime Economy is Howie Kaplan, who has owned The Howlin’ Wolf in the Warehouse District for 25 years, and who has managed several bands, including the Rebirth Brass Band and The Revivalists . He’s a knowledgeable industry professional and is ready to tackle the problems experienced by the creators and hosts of the nighttime economy, including musicians and bands, street performers, theater performers, culture bearers, restaurants, bars and music venues.

Needless to say, we are happy to see that after over five years of promoting this idea that the city has finally agreed and has hired a person whose strengths are matched with the challenges of such a position. Ramsey sat down with Kaplan—who literally started the job on June 13—to see how he’s going to approach a very large task of helping improve New Orleans as a music and culture mecca.

Many in the music community have known you from your involvement with The Howlin’ Wolf. Why don’t you describe what you’ve done, over the past 25 to 30 years? A lot of people don’t know about your background.

I have been in the hospitality industry my whole […]

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