New Orleans, January 2013: Welcome to my kind of King Cake Party! We could talk from Epiphany to Mardi Gras about king cakes and la galette des rois, and stuff you find inside; however, I prefer a discourse on drinking one’s way through Louisiana’s epic culture.
While those of you in New Orleans are dealing with all the fun that comes with Super Bowl, I will be in Memphis (most likely freezing) and participating in the Blues Society's International Blues Challenge.
WWOZ is gettin' in the game! We'll be on the Super Bowl Boulevard at Woldenberg Park all weekend. Open to the public, come out for an awesome showcase of Louisiana music, food and drink, or tune in to WWOZ 90.7 on Saturday to hear Tab Benoit,John Mooney, and Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunspots!
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On this week’s program, we visit Blaine Kern aka Mr. Mardi Gras, sample King Cakes from two bakeries (Cake Café and Croissant D'Or), and catch up with the Phunny Phorty Phellows as they kick off Carnival season. The music on this week’s program includes the Hot 8 Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Cyril Neville and many more.
A great thing about being a New Orleanian in New York City is the steady stream of familiar faces you get to see, whether just passing through or here for a while. The Crescent City and the Big Apple cross-pollinate quite a bit, especially within the music community. Both musicians and their fans seem to dig each other’s scenes and frequent them often. How could they not?
The next edition of Cuttin' Class happens at noon on Thursday, April 17, when the Edna Karr High School Brass Band takes to the air waves, under the direction of Chris Herrero. Cuttin' Class is made possible by Coventry and Aetna.
On Monday March 25 at 12 noon students from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr High School in the Lower 9th ward will be in the WWOZ studio. Tune in to hear a LIVE performance and conversation with students and band director Mr. Charles Brooks! "Cuttin'Class" is a WWOZ program made possible by Coventry Health Care.
Students from Roots of Music will be stopping by WWOZ at 9:30 Friday, July 26 for a live, on-air performance. Check out more on Cuttin' Class, made possible by Coventry Health Care of Louisiana, including pics from the latest installment.