As we head into hurricane season, the spectre of a "weather event" clings like the sticky, humid New Orleans air to the skin. Now's the time to reflect on storms we have weathered this past year, and to ponderate on what lies in store.
The post-Katrina support we received was extremely generous and got us back on our feet. Now, with the stormy economic climate and the disappearance of Louisiana's annual operating grant for public broadcasters into the Bermuda Triangle, we need our wild 'OZillians to help us carry on once again.
One thing is absolutely clear: No matter what, we'll continue to build out our services and provide the best damn programming we know how — with programs like New Orleans All the Way Live and our 'OZ Vibes live broadcast series. How could we do otherwise?
Yours in funky cabs and soft shell crabs,
The ninth annual Satchmo SummerFest blows into New Orleans July 30 to August 2. This musical tribute to the favorite son of the Crescent City, Louis Armstrong, kicks off with an art show and swings along with a "club strut" at various venues along Frenchmen Street. The festival culminates in a 2-day free outdoor music blowout around the old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, featuring many of New Orleans' finest bands. What better way to beat the heat than music in the streets!
Our new Swamp Café, hosted by Café Press, is now open for business! You can get one of two images — our 'OZ "distressed" logo or the "retro" logo — printed on everything from doggie shirts and aprons to thongs and hoodies, as well as a variety of T-shirts. The original WWOZ Swamp Shop is still open, and we've got some unique stuff on there, like autographed Piano Night banners, so you've got plenty of ways to shop at 'OZ!
Our WWOZ T-shirt design contest ends August 1, and we hope all you creative 'OZillians are hard at work on your entries! The winning design will be made into a limited-edition T-shirt available at the WWOZ Swamp Shop. The image will also be printed on any of the fabulous items available in our brand-new Swamp Café. So get your creative juices flowing and send in those designs!
Ernie K-Doe opened the Mother-In-Law Lounge in 1994 as a place for musicians to gather and play the music that makes New Orleans great. His widow, Miss Antoinette, kept the club going until her own passing on Mardi Gras day 2009. Since then, the Lounge has been on hiatus, but Betty Fox (Antoinette's daughter) recently re-opened this cultural treasure to the public, and she's holding a fundraiser on July 26. To pull it off, she needs the help of a few handy volunteers. Don't be shy! Stop by or give her a call, and tell her WWOZ sent ya.
If you haven't been living under a rock for the past few months, you've probably already become a fan of WWOZ on Facebook. But if you haven't, head on over there and click "Become a Fan". When something special happens, like Cassandra Wilson or Henry Butler popping into the studio for an impromptu interview or solo set live on the air, we'll update our status and let you know to tune in pronto. You can also interact with other WWOZ fans and post comments or announcements, or just see what other folks are saying. Don't miss a beat!
As of July 18, WWOZ will broadcast our own syndicated audio documentary series "New Orleans All the Way Live" on air and online each Saturday from 7-8 a.m. The show, sponsored by the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and produced by host George Ingmire, features live music recorded by WWOZ, as well as audio featurettes on the local New Orleans events and cuisine. If you like what you hear, tell other radio stations you listen to that they can pick up the show and broadcast it on their own airwaves!
For the past 12 years, Sean O'Meara has been the voice of Celtic music on WWOZ's Music from the Glen show. On June 27, the New Basin Canal branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (the international society for the preservation of Irish culture) honored O'Meara with an appreciation award at the Deutsches Haus in New Orleans. Our hearty congratulations go out to Sean, who continues the award-winning tradition of his predecessor on the show, Richie Stafford.
Peach Melba made its debut in 1892 at a party thrown by the Duke of Orleans in honor of Australian opera singer Nellie Melba. Since then, the recipe has been modified in dozens of ways. Here's a classy take on this French classic, courtesy of Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans. If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz09, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.
Are you interested in an artist we played on the air? You can search playlists by song title, band name, CD title or label.
There's live music in locations all around New Orleans. We've got a music calendar online.