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Hurray for the Riff Raff live at WWOZ

Thu, 11/03/16
We're still reeling from the packed schedule of incredible performers we welcomed into our studio during our 11-day Pledge Drive in October. We had 44 performances in less than two weeks, including a couple of surprises. Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff was on... Read more

New music spotlight: Prunka/Jenner

Tue, 11/01/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
The latest from New Orleans locals Brian Prunka and Michael Jenner, known together as prunka/jenner,  is seven tracks of pleasing, generally laid-back sounds. Continuum features Prunka on guitar and Jenner on saxophone. They're joined by William Thompson IV on piano, Jesse ... Read more

Free Agents Brass Band at Jazz in the Park

Mon, 10/31/16
Check 'em out! It's the Free Agents Brass Band performing live at Jazz in the Park in September 2015. This week marks the final Jazz in the Park evening of the season, with free performances from Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers and Shannon Powell and lots of other f... Read more

Treme Creole Gumbo Fest 11/12-11/13

Mon, 10/31/16
The free Treme Creole Gumbo Fest returns to Armstrong Park on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 with all sorts of delicious gumbo and fabulous live, local music. The festival runs 11a-7p each day and will feature some of the top brass bands in New Orleans today.... Read more

Spirits of Congo Square 10/30/16

Sun, 10/30/16
     Slide Ruler     Vin Gordon & The Real Rock Band     03:27     Heavenless     2016/10/30 20:01:13 2     Blessings     Lloyd Brown     01:05         2016/10/30 20:04:51 3     If It's Jah Will     Tarrus Riley     03:58     Mecoustic     2016/10/30 20:05:53 4     king of ... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 10/28/16

Sat, 10/29/16
1     Do What You Wanna     Ramsey Lewis     02:42     Inside '69     2016/10/28 22:01:40 2     04 There Are Days     Rev. Robert Ballinger     03:03     The Little Black Train     2016/10/28 22:04:45 3     The Challenge     The Staple Singers     03:43     We'll Get Over '... Read more

5 things to know for 10/28-11/3

Fri, 10/28/16
1) It's Halloweenweekend and there are costuming and music options a-plenty! Voodoo Music + Arts Experience starts on Friday and runs through Sunday in City Park. Jim Monaghan’s 21st Annual Halloween Parade will roll Monday at 7p, leaving from Molly's. Founded in 1995, this... Read more

Musicians share their love for 'OZ

Wed, 10/26/16
Every month, but especially during our pledge drives, we are happy to welcome scores of fantastic musicians into our studio. We're feeling the love from this group! Why become a 'OZ member? Here are a dozen or so reasons, right here. Read more

The Celtic Origins of Hallowe'en

Tue, 10/25/16
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
In a city as steeped in the supernatural as New Orleans, it is only natural that Hallowe’en is one of the Crescent City’s most loved celebrations.  Costuming, known as “guising” in Scotland, is part of most celebrations in New Orleans, as is street parties, performance art,... Read more

New music spotlight: Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Tue, 10/25/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
The latest from Delfeayo Marsalis is the unexpectedly titled Make America Great Again!, a rich musical tapestry in which Marsalis is joined by 39 other musicians and contributors. It's impossible not to immediately notice the equivalence of the album title with this year's ... Read more

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