This week, we visit the Contemporary Arts Center for some live music performed by Southern troubadour Tab Benoit and his Swampland Jam. We also dig into some Falsomagro at Delmonico Restaurant. Chef Anthony Scanio talks with us about the culinary crossroads and to top it off, we finish with a new gin by Atelier Vie distillery.
The Sync Up Conference, held during Jazz Fest at NOMA in City Park, is New Orleans’ top forum for entertainment industry leaders, covering music, film and digital media from the perspective of independent artists. Sync Up is free but requires pre-registration. You can also watch Sync Up live streaming in real-time video here at WWOZ.org, starting at 10 a.m. CST every day of the conference.
Tickets are on sale for Piano Night, which happens April 28 at the House of Blues. It'll be another epic night of music, food, and 'OZ love! This year's lineup includes, among others, Confirmed so far: Ellis Marsalis, Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, John Gros, Marcia Ball, Cyrus Chestnut and Joe Krown. Piano Night is 'OZ's flagship benefit event and has become a tradition among lovers of New Orleans music.
Are you one of those 'OZilians dying to get your hands on the slab o' brass? We've done pickup at several locations around town and at LMF's new location (not the Mint as in recent years) during French Quarter Fest. You can also get 'em at the 'OZ studios during set hours. Get exact dates and times here.
Jazz Fest 2014 starts a week from Friday! Why do we love it so much? It has the world's greatest music lineup, a dizzying array of amazing food and drink, and the warm happy vibe of family reunion. And don't forget, we'll be live broadcasting some of the choicest parts.
Several of WWOZ's show hosts have agreed to share their "Not-to-be-missed-lists" for Jazz Fest 2014. Take advantage of their vast stores of musical knowledge and make it your best Jazz Fest yet.
WWOZ-2, our second audio stream, will carry Touro Synagogue's Jazz Fest Shabbat this Friday evening. Since 1991, Touro Synagogue has celebrated Jazz Fest with a worship service that combined with America’s only indigenous art form: jazz. The Friday evening Shabbat service is free and open to the public. This year’s Jazz Fest Shabbat features Joe Krown, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste Jr.
The Oak Street Block Party happens Wednesday April 30 from 12:30 - 7pm, with free music, a crawfish boil and performances by the Oak Street All Stars (including Ivan Neville, left), Catfish Alliance, The Heard, Dastardly Bastards and The Pimps of Joytime. Restaurants and bars up and down Oak will be open and rocking! The Oak Street Block Party is a free fest but will be collecting donations for WWOZ.
The 2014 Gospel Is Alive concert, an annual event presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, will take place Monday, April 28, from 9:30a to noon at the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. This year's headline performer is Bishop Rance Allen, who will perform along with the Mahalia Jackson Gospel Youth Choir.