Good Morning Music Lovers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year; no Andy Williams, not Christmas, Day 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet!
As anyone who has ever been to New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival can tell you, it’s just as much about the shows around town after dark as what goes down at the Fairgrounds. With that in mind, we’ve put together some suggestions for where to find great local music after dark.
A new book on the media coverage surrounding Hurricane Katrina and its effect on memory came out on April 1 entitled "Flood of Images: Media, Memory, and Hurricane Katrina." The author, Bernie Cook, will be present for a release party and film screening at Cafe Istanbul on Monday, April 27 from 5-7pm.
You're going to have a great time at Jazz Fest and the many after-fest events that happen around the city each day. The Fairgrounds are great but you're likely staying (or living) at least a couple miles away. With that in mind, we've compiled a quick rundown on getting to and from the festival each day.
April in New Orleans means Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest and, inevitably, afternoon rain and thunderstorms. With Jazz Fest at the end of the month and reaching into May, there are occasional years it escapes our April showers but seven days of Festival means that chances are better than not that someone's set will get rained on.
Once again, WWOZ will be live broadcasting from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; click through for the latest version of our schedule. And remember, we'll also have artist interviews, produced pieces, impromptu Mardi Gras Indian and brass band performances, and more. Shout out to our sponsor, LSU Health Sciences Center.
WWOZ is heading to Cajun Country! We're excited to partner with KRVS Radio Acadie to bring you an evening of live music from Lafayette'sFestival International on Thursday, April 23. Tune in to hear Bas Clas, Grupo Fantasma, Roddie Romero & the Hub CIty All Stars, Vieux Farka Toure and more.
Get a jump on Jazz Fest on the evening of Thursday, April 23 by taking it back to the very beginning. The Louisiana State Museum will be showing seven 16mm film reels from the first Jazz Fest in 1970 at the Old U.S. Mint. The reels feature Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, Pete Fountain, Danny Barker, and many more iconic artists.
Shorty Fest, a benefit concert for the Trombone Shorty Foundation's music education programs, happens at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District on Thursday, April 30. The evening will showcase emerging local talent with three stages of live music and a full headlining performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Ivan Neville, and lots more.