This week’s program brings you the blues, inflections of West Africa, as well as a moment of Gospel, with music by Marcia Ball, Toubab Krewe, the Johnny Vidacovich Trio, the late Tommy Ridgely and others. All these voices come together as we prepare for a visit to the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. We talk about the festival and the significance of Congo Square with Scott Aiges from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
For favorite New Orleans based singers/vocalists, male and female:
For the entire month of January of this year of 2013, on the air on my Friday morning show from 6 to 9 a.m. I asked people to call or e-mail with the names of their favorite female or male New Orleans based singers.
We have a new logo and want to make space in the Swamp Shop for new merchandise, so we're having a SALE! And don't forget, Jazz Fest is right around the corner. Time to start stocking up on Jazz Fest shirts and other festival gear!
Tune in this week for an hour of cross-cultural meet ups. We interview Rising Appalachia live in studio, as the band performs everything from Southern spirituals to Bulgarian music. In the second half of the program, Ensemble Fatien performs a set of music bridging New Orleans and West Africa. We also stop by an Arts Market and preview the upcoming New Orleans Sacred Music Festival, taking place on Saturday, March 16th , at the New Orleans Healing Center.
Next week is shaping up to be a tremendous week for fiddle music in New Orleans, with the Irish House on St Charles Avenue hosting two events that lovers of traditional Celtic music will not want to miss.
The Sacred Music Festival, at New Orleans Healing Center all day on Saturday March 16, brings performers from New Orleans’ diverse faith and cultural communities to share music, prayers, brief ceremonies and conversations about the transformative power of music with the public.
The Little Gem Saloon is dropping its cover for all card bearing WWOZ members this Friday to see Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns. You know the music will be amazing, and if you haven't head the chance to check out this recently re-opened historic jazz venue, seize this one and come celebrate Nola with 'OZ!
Tune in this week for an hour of guitar-centric music by the Ed Barrett Trio and Twangorama. We also meet up with comedian Chris Trew to hear about The New Movement Theater, an improv-school and comedy venue in New Orleans. At the Culinary Crossroads, we visit Bart Bell of Crescent Sausage & Pie Company to talk about his life long love of salted and smoked meats.