As most of you now know, legendary studio owner and recording engineer Cosimo Matassa passed away on September 11, 2014. WWOZ has dedicated some significant airtime to the fantastic contributions Matassa made to the New Orleans sound, as well as the development of rock'n'roll and R&B in general, since his death a few weeks ago.
It's about to be a happy homecoming for the tireless Americana bands of New Orleans! On Friday, October 17, locals Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Deslondes, Coyotes, MUSA, and others will take the stage at the Joy Theater for a free show after returning from a busy spring and summer of touring across the United States.
The New Orleans Film Festival is coming! This is a big year for the festival-- its 25th anniversary. The event will be taking place in theaters and spots converted to theaters across New Orleans from October 16-23. This year's lineup features a number of excellent films that relate to music, including the Jon Brewer biopic "BB King: The Life of Riley," "Big Star: Live in Memphis" featuring Alex Chilton, and "The Big Beat," with the story of the partnership between Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.
Last month, Yale University and the Library of Congress made over 170,000 photographs from across the United States available for browsing through a new program called Photogrammar. The photos were taken from 1935 to 1945 by photographers commissioned by the U.S. Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information to document life during the Great Depression and World War II.
If old or obscure recordings are your thing, I've got a treat for you. The University of California at Santa Barbara partnered with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize over 10,000 cylinder recordings from 1890-1928. The recordings are available to the public at http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php.