It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No Andy Williams, not Christmas, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet. I hope you all have dried out from yesterday’s late afternoon precipitation, and let’s do it again.
New Orlean's homegrown songwriter Micah McKee leads his band Little Maker through lush arrangements, powerful hooks and a surprising repetoire of covers this Saturday on the Lagniappe Stage 2:10-3:20pm at the Fest
With so many amazing acts on so many stages at Jazz Fest, it can be a bit overwhelming to pick and choose who you want to see, and even easier to miss a great act that you've never heard of. To that end, we've got a few of your WWOZ show hosts to the rescue with their top picks for Jazz Fest 2015.
Good Morning Music Lovers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year; no Andy Williams, not Christmas, Day 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet!
A new book on the media coverage surrounding Hurricane Katrina and its effect on memory came out on April 1 entitled "Flood of Images: Media, Memory, and Hurricane Katrina." The author, Bernie Cook, will be present for a release party and film screening at Cafe Istanbul on Monday, April 27 from 5-7pm.
You're going to have a great time at Jazz Fest and the many after-fest events that happen around the city each day. The Fairgrounds are great but you're likely staying (or living) at least a couple miles away. With that in mind, we've compiled a quick rundown on getting to and from the festival each day.
April in New Orleans means Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest and, inevitably, afternoon rain and thunderstorms. With Jazz Fest at the end of the month and reaching into May, there are occasional years it escapes our April showers but seven days of Festival means that chances are better than not that someone's set will get rained on.
Get a jump on Jazz Fest on the evening of Thursday, April 23 by taking it back to the very beginning. The Louisiana State Museum will be showing seven 16mm film reels from the first Jazz Fest in 1970 at the Old U.S. Mint. The reels feature Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, Pete Fountain, Danny Barker, and many more iconic artists.
Shorty Fest, a benefit concert for the Trombone Shorty Foundation's music education programs, happens at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District on Thursday, April 30. The evening will showcase emerging local talent with three stages of live music and a full headlining performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Ivan Neville, and lots more.