This year's VIP Ladies and Kids Parade happens on Sunday, March 1 at 12:30p. Check out Takin' It to the Streets to get the route sheet, listen to Action Jackson's interview with VIP Ladies President Tamara Jackson. Then get out there!
Lower 9th Ward Village founder and WWOZ Community Advisory Board member Ward "Mack" McClendon passed away on February 14, 2015. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend his Home Going Celebration on Saturday, February 21, 2015 (tomorrow), 10:00 AM at Next Generation of Original Morning Star Baptist Church, 3536 St. Ferdinand St. NOLA Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the hour of service.
2015 is the year of the Mardi Gras Indian Queen in New Orleans, and WWOZ and the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame are partnering to bring you a rare look inside this unique New Orleans Tradition, interviewing a different Mardi Gras Indian Queen every month. For February, we talk with Mercedes "Queen Mercy" Stevenson.
Applications are now available for the 2015 edition of Class Got Brass, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's contest to promote music education while supporting our cultural traditions. Louisiana high schools and middle schools are invited to create traditional New Orleans-style brass bands (as opposed to "marching bands") and to compete in a public performance on Sunday, March 22. Deadline to enter is March 9.
What an uplifting sight! The 504K Run and Festival for Our Music happened on a recent Sunday morning, (February 8), and more than 1000 runners, walkers, and dancers participated. DJ Brice Nice and the Big Easy Roller Girls were on the scene. Students of Make Music NOLA delivered a unique National Anthem and the McDonogh 35 Brass Band brought the funk. In addition to the race and music, we raffled off Piano Night tickets, a guitar, and a brass pass.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation supports community involvement in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell by distributing thousands of free tickets. The Foundation’s Community Outreach Tickets program makes free Jazz Fest tickets available to those who otherwise could not afford to attend the festival. The tickets are distributed through social service organizations such as nonpfofit, educational, religious, government and community agencies - and they are for use only by clients of those organizations with financial hardships. Apply by March 9.