Ten years ago, there was a storm, and then there was a flood, and they changed New Orleans forever. Many stories from that time have been told, but not this one: how WWOZ went off the air and could have been lost forever, if not for the efforts of hundreds of different people who loved the music and culture of New Orleans. And we’re letting those people tell the story themselves, on this special episode of New Orleans Calling, our weekly nationally syndicated show hosted by George Ingmire.
On Monday, August 24, the Crescent City Cultural Continuity Conservancy hosted a talk, "Ten Years After: The State of New Orleans Music and Culture," of which we made a video recording. The talk consisted of a panel who gave voice to New Orleans musicians and tradition-bearers as they shared their experiences and perspectives during and following Hurricane Katrina.
In the months following the failure of the federal levee system in New Orleans, a group of 31 community radio stations from around the world lent a much-needed hand as WWOZ struggled to stay on the air. WWOZ salutes this group of stations — now affectionately called the Katrina Network — for embodying the true spirit of community radio.
August 29 will be here before we know it. Here's a long list of performances and other events commemorating Hurricane Katrina, the ensuing Federal Flood, and the city's recovery.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's free music school, the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, is accepting new students ages 10 to 17. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 12, 10a, at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. It's free, and open to students ages 10 to 17 from throughout the greater New Orleans region. The Foundation will also hold auditions for two new programs: the Jazz & Heritage All-City Big Band and the Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.
Each week this summer, we'll be featuring a different new release from a talented artist or band currently living in New Orleans. Artists featured recently include Greg Schatz, Colin Lake, The New Orleans Jazz Vipers, The Tin Men, Jamison Ross & more.
WWOZ's video unit has been busy creating original videos featuring artists in performance at local festivals, special events, and in the WWOZ Studio. Artists include, among others, Davell Crawford, Mario Abney, and Ruthie Foster. And our "Busker Blog" series profiles notable street performers like Doreen Ketchens. Find it all at WWOZ Video Central.
If you're looking to have an awesome autumn, check out this list of 2015 Fall Festivals & Events, including faves like the Ponderosa Stomp, Blues and BBQ Fest, VooDoo, and lots more.
As with so many other classic Latin dishes, there is a New Orleans cousin of Gambas Al Ajillo. When tucking into a bowl of Gambas, one cannot help but note it's similarity to New Orleans BBQ Shrimp.