Songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer Alex Chilton (b. 1950) passed away on March 17, 2010, here in New Orleans. He was scheduled to play with the latest version of Big Star at this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. The show was replaced with an all-star tribute performance on March 20.
This weekend's excitement begins with Friday night's live broadcast of Badal Roy from Snug Harbor. On Saturday, the Howlin’ Wolf is holding a Haiti benefit concert, and Super Sunday in Taylor Park features acts like the Hot 8 and DJ Captain Charles. Sunday night, Republic hosts a Heritage School of Music fundraiser concert with Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Support live, local music!
WWOZ is proud to announce that tabla master Badal Roy will visit Jelly Roll Justice on Jazz from the Market Thursday, March 18. Then on Friday night at 8 p.m., we’ll broadcast Badal’s quartet live from Snug Harbor. Badal Roy played with Miles Davis and McLaughlin in their seminal fusion bands and went on to perform with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Yoko Ono. Tune in!
Check back starting Thursday, March 18, as WWOZ's Thursday Morning Set host Scott Borne and Wednesday Night Kitchen Sink 10 to 12 co-host Boudin Man send in blogs, pictures and updates from the 2010 South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas.
The Tuesday New Orleans Music Show hosted by Tom Morgan gets back to its year by year exploration of New Orleans music. This week it is 1950 with recordings by Papa Celestin, Professor Longhair, Archibald, Paul Gayten, Fats Domino, Harry Choates, Kid Ory, Dave Bartholomew, Roy Brown, Cousin Joe and, the Six and Seven Eights String Band and more.
Rockie Charles, known as "The President of Soul" thanks to his early 1970's hit of the same name, passed away on March 12 at the age of 67. The Louisiana native backed up Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, and others, and recorded gems like "Show My People Around The Curve". After decades away from music as a boat captain, he picked up his music career in 1996.
The YLC Wednesday at the Square concert series returns to downtown New Orleans for 12 weeks beginning on March 24 with Trombone Shorty. The ‘OZ Outreach Krewe will be there to sign up volunteers, accepting pledges and selling ‘OZ gear. WWOZ will broadcast three of the concerts live — stay tuned for details.