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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 Booher
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 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, 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 Booher
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 Booher
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

New music spotlight: Michael Cerveris

Tue, 03/01/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
Michael Cerveris is a Tony-Award winning actor with a new album out on Low Heat Records. Cerveris splits his time between Broadway and New Orleans. While certainly most famous in New York for his work onstage, he will likely be better known in the Crescent City for his musi... Read more

The Big Beat: Fats Domino

Mon, 02/29/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
Last Friday, on his 88th birthday, PBS aired a new edition of their American Masters series honoring the R&B master of 88 keys, Fats Domino. You can view 'The Big Beat' on PBS's website through March 25. Link to watch: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/fats-domino-fu... Read more

Brushy One String, Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 02/29/16
Authored by David Stafford
Brushy One String, who was a big hit at Jazz Fest in 2013, comes from Jamaica. His work is a testament to the power of minimalism, as his sound consists of his voice and a guitar with a single string (an E-string, FWIW). He does three tracks in this Tiny Desk Concert: "Dest... Read more

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