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Video: Guitar Slim, Jr.

Tue, 09/13/16
Guitar Slim, Jr. performs 'Shotgun' in our video of the week! This was recorded on April 11, 2015 at French Quarter Fest. Read more

New music spotlight: Robin Barnes

Tue, 09/13/16
New Orleans songstress Robin Barnes's lastest EP, Songbird Sessions, is a perfect marriage of moving contemporary jazz and soul. Barnes grew up in the Lower 9th Ward amidst a household of musicians with her family's jazz band, The Soul Heirs, and counts Dave Barhtolomew, on... Read more

A Drop of Lonestar Stout at Irish Fest New Orleans 2016

Sat, 09/10/16
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
This year marks the third annual Irish Fest New Orleans, which will take place on Saturday, September 17 at the Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St. Headlining the festival this year is singer-songwriter and guitarist Jed Marum who, along with Scottish native Hugh Morrison, m... Read more

5 things to know for 9/9-9/15

Fri, 09/09/16
1) Busy weekend! The fourth annual Downriver Festival will be held Saturday, September 10 at the Old U.S. Mint and French Market, featuring lectures, live music, a photography workshop, walking tours, and culinary demonstrations that celebrate all aspects of the Mississippi... Read more

Soul Sister's 10th Annual Birthday Jam - FRIDAY 9/9 at Tipitina's

Wed, 09/07/16
Authored by Soul Sister
Dear WWOZ listeners and family, I'd like to invite everyone to help celebrate my (actual) birthday with me this Friday, September 9. It's my 10th Annual Birthday Jam at Tipitina's, and this year's theme is what I'm caling the "D.C. Go-Go / New Orleans Funk Connection." Fea... Read more

French Market's Downriver Festival - Sep. 10

Wed, 09/07/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
The fourth annual Downriver Festival will be held Saturday, September 10 at the Old U.S. Mint and French Market, featuring lectures, live music, a photography workshop, walking tours, and culinary demonstrations that celebrate all aspects of the Mississippi River’s influenc... Read more

Video: Tin Men at French Quarter Fest

Tue, 09/06/16
Here's a highlight from French Quarter Fest 2015 as the Tin Men perform 'Sit Down On The Banks Of The River,' a Reverend Gary Davis cover. Chaz breaks it down with one of the hottest washboard solos you'll ever see! Check out our New Music Spotlight on Tin Men's latest albu... Read more

New music spotlight: Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners

Tue, 09/06/16
Pat Reedy has split his home between New Orleans and Nashville over the last few years. Much of his time over the last decade has been on the road, though, playing at rural bars, festivals, and more. His latest album with his band The Longtime Goners, Highway Bound, reflect... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 09/02/16

Sat, 09/03/16
1 Appelousa Danny James 2:20 Boogie In The Mud (Goldband 62-70) Southern Swamp Guitar 2 God Can The Staples 4:56 Unlock Your Mind '78 3 Lean On Me Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths 3:15 Sweet Memories 4 10. Feel Like ... Read more

In Memoriam: Sammy Ridgley

Fri, 09/02/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
Samuel Ridgley passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the age of 78. Ridgley was born August 6, 1943; the youngest of 17 children (his brother Tommy, a well-known musician, was the oldest, born 18 years earlier) and raised in the Shrewsbury section of Jefferson Parish ... Read more

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