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Vernal Pledge Party Underway Now!

Mon, 03/17/14
Authored by David Stafford
Our Spring Membership Drive--AKA the Vernal Pledge Party--is currently happening (and happening, if you get my drift) and runs through Friday, March 28. WWOZ is only alive and kickin' thanks to the generous support of you, our family of members. Here are some reasons to sup... Read more

Red Baraat, Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 03/17/14
Authored by David Stafford
Coming this Saturday night (March 22) to the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival in Armstrong Park: Brooklyn's Red Baraat and their exhilarating blend of North Indian Bhangra rhythms with jazz, brass, funk, hip-hop, and more. (A "kind of ethnomusicologist’s academic dre... Read more

The Roots of Music, Live at Fiya Fest 2013

Sun, 03/16/14
Authored by David Stafford
Strange things happen when marching bands come indoors. We're used to seeing them outdoors and on the move. Here's a different look at a Roots of Music, performing in what amounts to the orchestra pit. For the first 3 minutes of this video, Roots is backed by Dragon Smoke, a... Read more

The Neville Brothers, 9 Songs from Farm Aid 1994

Fri, 03/14/14
Authored by David Stafford
On September 18, 1994, the annual Farm Aid benefit concert was held in New Orleans at the Super Dome. The line up included, amongst others, Willie Nelson, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Spin Doctors, Kris Kristofferson, and the Neville Brothers. Farm Aid has posted much of t... Read more

Get ready for the Red Flame Hunters!

Fri, 03/14/14
Authored by Christy
The Red Flame Hunters Childrens Mardi Gras Indian Tribe steps out on Sunday, March 23 at AL Davis Park for Uptown Super Sunday 2014. Please note the new date!  The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council has rescheduled Super Sunday due to the threat of bad weather.   They've... Read more

The Chieftains featuring Ziggy Marley, "Redemption Song"

Thu, 03/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
This is a particularly beautiful rendition of an exquisite song: Ziggy Marley sings his father's "Redemption Song", backed by Irish folk legends the Chieftans. The original version was last song on Uprising, the last album released during Bob Marley's life; the version here... Read more

Howlin' Wolf, "How Many More Years", 1965

Tue, 03/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's the late blues master Howlin' Wolf (born 1910 as Chester Arthur Burnett in West Point, Mississippi) doing "How Many More Years" during a 1965 TV appearance. The introduction is notable: it's done by Mick Jagger and Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. During the fir... Read more

Time Lapse: Setting Up for Jazz Fest

Mon, 03/10/14
Authored by David Stafford
It's about to start happening! This time lapse video shows the Fair Grounds being transformed from a humble horse racing venue into the home of our favorite festival. It's shot from the grandstand, with the Economy Hall Tent location in the foreground, and shows about half ... Read more

The Brock McGuire Band - Big Easying into St Patrick's Day

Sun, 03/09/14
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
Doesn’t it seem that every year the gap between Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s Day just keeps getting shorter and shorter? However this year, New Orleans will have some help transitioning from the purple, gold and green of carnival to the emerald green of Ireland, thanks to th... Read more

Video: Brass Bed does a Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 03/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
It's kind of hard to describe Brass Bed, an indie rock band from Lafayette. They describe themselves as "psych-pop auteurs" on their YouTube channel, and their Facebook page, lists the following influences: "Busted amps, analog synths, The Kinks, pretty, noisy, The Band, Te... Read more

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