Join us on Friday, December 19th at 9 pm at Tipitina’s, as we celebrate WWOZ’s 34 years of chronicling the musical heritage of New Orleans! Behind the Curtain: 34 Years of WWOZ 90.7 is an evening-length celebration of New Orleans music, featuring Davell Crawford’s Tribute to James Booker, Ivan Neville’s tribute to the Neville Brothers, and DJ Soul Sister.
Check our the work by our awesome volunteer photographers in this collection of one hundred (or so) terrific photos from 2014's in-studio performances, festivals, parades, and other events. Special thanks to Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Kichea S. Burt, and Leon Morris, whose work accounts for most of the shots in this Flickr set.
WWOZ's show hosts have begun compiling lists of their favorite recordings of 2014. When it's time to shop for your favorite music lovers (or yourself!), let those-in-the-know point you to the latest & greatest sounds in the universe!
BOUDIN is a year-long project which asks the New Orleans community to answer the question "How has New Orleans music saved your soul?" We will be collecting responses via audio, video and written narrative. All stories will live on BoudinMusicProject.com, some will be featured on WWOZ 90.7FM, and some will be taken as the base of a script for a 90 minute performance piece that will go up for five weeks around Jazz Fest 2015.
Check out our lastest batch of WWOZ Interviews, including chats with Deacon John, George Porter, Jr, and Big Pete of the Hot 8 Brass Band. OZ's hosts score great interviews with musicians and other people of note; check 'em out.
On Thursday, December 11, students from the Dolores T. Aaron Academy Drumline will took to the air waves at WWOZ in the most recent edition of Cuttin' Class. Cuttin' Class showcases NOLa's newest crop of young musicians in a series of live in-studio performances by middle and high school age students from the Greater New Orleans area.
We've said it before, but it bears repeating: WWOZ has the greatest group of volunteers in the world, and without them, this Whole Entire Thing would be impossible. So on Saturday, December 13, we celebrated them at Chickie Wah Wah, with music and food, staff and friends... They deserve every bit of appreciation for helping WWOZ Guard the Groove for another year.
The Swamp Shop is ready for the Holidays with new 'OZ merchandise like bandanas, long-sleeved tees, our cookbook (That Sounds Good!), and the popular new Gumbo Mug. It's all available online, and at our retail store inside the Louisiana Music Factory on Frenchmen Street. We ship everywhere!
This month's recipe comes to us from Chef Joel Brown of Café Hope, a nonprofit culinary arts and life skills program for at-risk youth. Café Hope is currently the only seed-to-table restaurant on the Westbank and also offers a community garden that provides much of the produce used in the restaurant's dishes prepared daily by Chef Joel. Cafe Hope is hosting Hope & Holidays on the Steamboat Natchez Friday December 12th featuring live music, a silent auction, and food provided by some of New Orleans favorite restaurants.