This city is famous for its saxophonists, but now it looks as if we've developed a generation of iPhonists! A trio of them will perform at the Horizon Fundraiser Concert at Tipitina's French Quarter on November 19th. And I'm positive plenty of folks will hold aloft their lit-up iPhones, cigarette-lighter style, during the upcoming Voodoo Experience in homage to the magic of the moment. (Have you gotten your WWOZ VIP Voodoo Pass yet?)
But by far, IMO, the best possible musical use for your iPhone is to mash the Play button on the new WWOZ App (free in the iTunes App Store) and turn your handheld into a piece of New Orleans wherever you are. And then, if you can tear yourself away from the music on your 'OZ-ified iPhone (or computer for that matter), visit our redesigned Swamp Shop online and pick up some new 'OZ gear!
Yours in candied yams and midnight jams,
P.S. A huge thank-you to all the volunteers, local musicians, food donors, show hosts, overworked staff and over 1500 listeners whose pledges of all amounts made our Fall Membership Drive a great success.
And if you're thinking of getting a Brass Pass to Jazz Fest 2010, I really, REALLY urge you to get in on it NOW, since we can't guarantee that the Passes will remain at the current price. Remember: This year Brass Passes are transferrable AND there's no paper tickets AND you can enter at any public gate. Act now to go Brass!
And we did it TOGETHER. Thank you so very much from the bottoms of our heavily buttered hearts! With your help, our Fall Membership Drive brought in over 1500 new or renewing members — 300 more than our goal — ensuring you'll be able to continue tuning in at home, at work, or somewhere in between. When you're done high-fiving each other, check out our drive highlights page for photos of your favorite New Orleanians in action at ‘OZ's studio.
Happy Halloween! Voodoo is just around the corner (Oct. 30-Nov. 1), and whether you're gearing up for KISS, Eminem, Trombone Shorty, or New Orleans Bingo Show, do Voodoo the 'OZ way with a VIP Pass. We have a very limited number left... Creep on over to wwoz.org/voodoo to grab your WWOZ VIP Pass, which gets you into all 3 days of Voodoo Experience, plus access to food, beverages, and creature comforts at our ‘OZ Hospitality Tent.
If you can't join us in person at the WWOZ Stage, tune in on air or online — we'll be broadcasting plenty of shows live from Voodoo, so stay tuned for details!
‘OZilians, meet the new Swamp Shop. We've revamped one of your favorite ways to support WWOZ with easy international shipping, an improved layout, and combined shipping for multiple items, not to mention plenty of new ‘OZ gear. Click on over to the WWOZ Swamp Shop to purchase t-shirts, prints, and more from the greatest radio station in the universe!
Come out and party with us at Mid-City Lanes Rock & Bowl on Wednesday, November 4th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. as we celebrate a successful WWOZ Fall Membership Drive. Bowl and dance to 40's and 50's New Orleans R&B spun by WWOZ show host Billy Delle. New Orleans-style red beans and rice and jambalaya will be served hot, so come early if you want to eat and bowl. Bowling shoes are free for 'OZ Volunteers and Members.
WWOZ? There's an App for that. The WWOZ iPhone App is now available in Apple's iTunes App Store, thanks to your generosity and commitment to spreading the music of New Orleans everywhere, even to your pocket. Download 'OZ's free App to listen to our stream and get special updates about New Orleans events, music, and the station.
The French Market rings in harvest season with its first annual Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival the weekend before Halloween. From October 23 through October 25, the French Market will host live music by acts including 101 Runners and Amanda Shaw, as well as films, art, ghost tours, a costume fashion show, a pumpkin procession, and the annual Krewe of Boo parade.
WWOZ gives a shout out to La Divina Gelateria, our featured sponsor this month. Fun fact: La Divina Gelateria is the only place in the state of Louisiana to make gelato from scratch without pastes, powders or bases. And the company, owned by Katrina and Carmelo Turillo, certainly knows the meaning of the word "community" - everything they use is all natural, local and organic whenever possible. Head on over to one of their three locations for some delicious gelato, and enjoy WWOZ on the radio while you're there.
This month's recipe is a mouth-watering Trout Almondine with fresh parsley and toasted almonds, a perfect way to kick off harvest season. It comes to us from Dianne Cage, author of Cooking & Gardening with Dianne. If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz09, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.
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