This week’s program brings you the blues, inflections of West Africa, and a moment of Gospel, along with live music from Marcia Ball, Toubab Krewe, the Johnny Vidacovich Trio, the late Tommy Ridgely and more. Alongside the music, Woody of Woody’s Fish Tacos gives us a a taste into his unique eats. We close with a ferry trip across the mighty Mississippi for music at the Old Point Bar in Algiers Point.
Here's a singular take on a Carnival classic: a special 2009 arrangement of "Go to the Mardi Gras", by Wendell Brunious, accompanied by French jazz pianist Thierry Ollé's trio. Recorded in Périgueux (SW France), Brunious sings, whistles, and plays cowbell.
One of the things that's great about Mardi Gras is how it travels across space and time. So let's set the WABAC Machine for July 7, 1989 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. During their last show ever at that venue, the Grateful Dead jam on "Iko Iko". Feel that Mardi Gras!
Two of the best places to see Mardi Gras Indians on Fat Tuesday are at the corner of 2nd and Dryades Streets uptown and at the Backstreet Cultural Museum at 1116 Henriette Delille St. in Treme. Lots of tribes gather at both of these spots throughout the day.
On Saturday, March 8 from 11a to 8p, the Louisiana Music Factory and the WWOZ Swamp Shop will be having a Grand Opening Party at their new location, 421 Frenchmen Street. Five bands will play between Noon and 5 pm, and there'll be special one-day-only in-store promotions.
It's the musical answer to the question, What should you drink on a sultry-warm Fat Tuesday? "Gin Instead of Whiskey". Your mixologists are New Orleans drunk-n-funk rocksters Morning 40 Federation, from their set during Fender & Filter Magazine's All Night Mojo at One-Eyed Jacks, May 5, 2012.
A double salute to all the bands marching in parades this week. First, this week, WWOZ's "Action" Jackson interviews Lawrence Rawlins, Band Director at The Roots of Music. And, we're very happy to share a schedule of which Mardi Gras parades local marching bands appear in.
More than just parades happen Uptown on Sunday.
At 9am, Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band will perform during the 20th Annual Jazz Service at the St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church. At 11am, Luke Winslow King will perform during a jazz worship service at the Norwegian Seamen's Church in the Lower Garden District. Both events are free and open to the public.