John Delafose and the Eunice Playboys do "Joe Pitre a Deux Femmes (Joe Pete Has Two Women)." This video was shot by the late Alan Lomax, the great field collector of twentieth-century American folk music, and his crew in August 1983 at the Crashpad in Eunice, Louisiana. Note that this is unedited raw footage.
On Sunday, December 20, WWOZ will broadcast “Calvin Johnson with Strings Winter Wonder Jam: A Benefit for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity” at Trinity Episcopal Church. The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5:30; doors at 5p. Representatives from New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) will request donations during the program.
The Texas Americana artist Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, mixes country, blues and rock 'n' roll, not to mention a stage dive, in this Tiny Desk Concert from NPR Music offices. The set includes "To Cure What Ails," "The Perfect Parts," and "Only Son."
Congratulations to WWOZ's Soul Sister and Marc Stone, who've been nominated for Best of the Beat Awards. Voting for the Best of the Beat awards ends on January 5, and winners will be announced at the Best of the Beat at Generations Hall on January 21.
Traditional jazz is alive and well in today's New Orleans, and Charlie Halloran & the Quality 6 are some of the top purveyors. Released in November, their self-titled album is deeply steeped in tradition and that special New Orleans sound.
At high noon on Thursday, December 17, students from KIPP Central City will play live in WWOZ's studio. It's the latest edition of Cuttin' Class, our series of live in-studio performances by middle and high school age students from the Greater New Orleans area.