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New music spotlight: WWOZ #44 'If Only You Knew'

Mon, 03/14/16
Authored by Carrie
Each membership drive, WWOZ puts out a new CD with some of the best sounds of New Orleans and where we've been in the previous 12 months. CD #44, If Only You Knew, is one of the finest we've put together yet, filled with rip-roaring music from local and national acts record... Read more

See Music Videos from the Drive

Fri, 03/11/16
Authored by David Stafford
 During our membership drives, the WWOZ video team is hard at work. Here's a sampling of highlights from  this spring's drive. You can also see acts like the ones below streamed live, IAW the schedule here.     Little Freddie King Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns Pine... Read more

1000+ hours of early jazz music for free streaming/download

Fri, 03/11/16
Authored by Carrie
"All the big names of jazz, along with lesser legends, were included, and I found myself with a first class treasure of early jazz music. I had always hoped that maybe at least one of my kids would show an interest in my collection, so I began making tapes that could includ... Read more

Acadiana Welcomes New Celtic Bayou Festival

Wed, 03/09/16
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
This weekend, Lafayette will welcome the Celtic Bayou Festival, a brand new music festival that seeks to highlight the culture and music of both the Cajun and Celtic communities of South Louisiana. Taking place at the Warehouse 535 Event Hall, 535 Garfield St., Lafayette, o... Read more

Tom McDermott, "Keep On Gwine"

Mon, 03/07/16
Authored by David Stafford
WWOZ Piano Night artist Tom McDermott performs "Keep on Gwine" at the Maple Leaf in honor of James Booker's birthday in December 2010. The song, by Mel Lastie, was part of Booker's oeuvre, appearing on the 1977 New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! LP.  Read more

Congo Kids free African drumming classes

Sat, 03/05/16
Authored by Carrie
There's a fun opportunity this month for the kids in your life who've got the beat! The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Positive Vibrations are partnering to offer a week of free African drum classes called 'Congo Kids.' The classes will be taking place March 14-... Read more

5 things to know 3/4

Fri, 03/04/16
Authored by Carrie
'5 things to know' is a weekly feature highlighting different parts of the WWOZ world that you may have missed this week, including unique WWOZ programming and video, plus New Orleans events, artists, releases, features, and more. For the week ending March 3, 2016: 1. PBS... Read more

Soul Fest 3/5-3/6

Thu, 03/03/16
Authored by Carrie
The 13th annual Soul Fest returns to the Audubon Zoo this weekend on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. Saturday 11a Roots of Music 11:45a HiLyfe 12:45p The Gospel Soul Children 1:45p Anjelika Joseph and The Speakerbox Experiment 2:45p Mike "Soulman'' Baptiste 3:45... Read more

Joe Krown Trio, "Jamir's Jam"

Thu, 03/03/16
Authored by David Stafford
WWOZ Piano night artist Joe Krown performs here with his trio, which includes Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr. The track "Jamir's Jam" comes from their 2013 album Soul Understanding.  Read more

2016 Essence Fest Lineup Announced

Wed, 03/02/16
Authored by Carrie
The lineup for the 2016 Essence Fest, happening in New Orleans from June 30 - July 3, has been announced. Many fantastic artists will be performing at this year's fest, but a few may be of particular interest to WWOZ's audience: Leon Bridges The Fort Worth, Texas native an... Read more

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