Check out photos from the Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure Club's annual second line from March 27th, 2011. From fabulous pin-stripe-suited gentlemen to fine, roaring-20's-flapper ladies, to a beautiful queen - this parade had it all and the pictures are amazing.
On this week’s episode of New Orleans All the Way Live, we enjoy the sounds of WWOZ’s "Piano Night" from years past while getting ready for Piano Night 2011. WWOZ's flagship event will take place at the New Orleans House of Blues on May 2nd.
WWOZ honors the fallen heroes of New Orleans music who passed away in 2010, including Herman Leonard, Brandon Franklin, Albert "June" Gardner, Walter Payton, and many more that are sorely missed. During their lives, they made New Orleans and jazz music better for their dedicated work and love. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.
Willie "Pinetop" Perkins passed away in his sleep at the age of 97 at his home in Austin, Texas. Willie Perkins born in 1913 on a cotton plantation outside of Belzoni, Mississippi left home at an early age and supported himself by playing guitar in juke joints. Playing with the likes of B.B. King, Earl Hooker and Muddy Waters, in later years, he became a frontman himself, receiving international attention.
WWOZ Show Host Stuart Raper rode on the 'OZ float in Zulu this Mardi Gras Day, 2011. Here he reminiscences on the experience, and on how being a part of WWOZ carries cache in the city of New Orleans. Best Mardi Gras day EVER.
RIP Pinetop Perkins July 7, 1913 to March 21, 2011. Nobody can live forever, but for a period of time in his long life of 97 years, the legendary Pinetop Perkins made us think it was possible. It is with tears that we say goodbye to one of the most loved and highly respected blues musicians of our time. Pinetop Perkins died today of heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas.