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Piano Night 2016 honoree: Allen Toussaint

Wed, 04/20/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
At each Piano Night, WWOZ selects a special honoree, a keeper of the New Orleans piano tradition flame; someone who has been highly influential in New Orleans music and the New Orleans style. There are few more influential than our 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Al... Read more

Rusty Nail Hosts Benefit For Senior Center Featuring Mia Borders

Tue, 04/19/16
Authored by Mark LaMaire
Based in the Carrollton neighborhood, The Uptown Shepherd Senior Center is a vital resource for the elderly population of New Orleans.  They will be hosting a casual benefit at The Rusty Nail (1100 Constance St. in the Wharehouse District) on Thursday, April 21 from 4-6.  M... Read more

New music spotlight: Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses

Tue, 04/19/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
More beautiful music from Aurora Nealand, this time with her group the Royal Roses. Their latest album, Comeback Children, is some quintessential New Orleans porch listening music. It opens with controlled chaos on the wild and beautiful 'Jump For Joy' and 'Joshua Fit The B... Read more

Jazz Fest after-shows

Mon, 04/18/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
It's always a good time for live music in New Orleans but the weekends of Jazz Fest and the days surrounding it are always especially ripe with amazing acts. Here are just a few of my personal picks for Jazz Fest after shows, day-by-day. For full listings, see our Livewire ... Read more

Piano Night artist feature: Marcia Ball

Sun, 04/17/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
"Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry..her songs ring with emotional depth." - Rolling Stone "A sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist... where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet" - USA Today Grammy nominee Marcia Ball i... Read more

5 things to know for 4/15

Sat, 04/16/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
'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, places, features, and more. For the week ending April 15, 2016: 1. This ... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 04/15/16

Sat, 04/16/16
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Pearl Time Willie Mitchell 02:29 Soul Serenade '68 2016/4/15 22:03:44 2 Last Mile Of The Way The Minits 03:43 Deep Soul Discoveries Vol.1 2016/4/15 22:06:29 3 ... Read more

Sonny Landreth at WWOZ

Thu, 04/14/16
Authored by David Stafford
Sonny Landreth performs and talks with WWOZ's Black Mold on January 22, 2016. Sonny Landreth at WWOZ from WWOZ New Orleans on Vimeo. Read more

Holy Cross College Fresh Food Fest This Friday

Wed, 04/13/16
Authored by Mark LaMaire
University of Holy Cross hosts its Fresh Food Festival this Friday from 1-4pm.  Hot food vendors from around the city as well as local produce vendors will be selling their goods.  LASPCA will also be present with their dog adoption program.  Visit this beautiful West Bank ... Read more

Piano Night artist feature: Henry Butler

Mon, 04/11/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
"...Henry Butler is arguably the greatest living proponent of the classic New Orleans piano tradition, playing an amalgam of boogie-woogie, jazz, blues and classical in the lineage of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Tuts Washington, Allen Toussaint and countless other emp... Read more

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