We had a blast at French Quarter Fest last weekend, and there's plenty of live events action all this week, like our broadcast of Betty Harris at the Old Point Bar. But the big one is coming: 2 full weekends of Jazz Fest, plus WWOZ Piano Night (April 26), not to mention the house parties and night concerts. We may even top it off with live coverage of the Mayor’s inaugural bash on the riverfront the day after the Fest.
If that's not enough, don’t forget Bayou Boogaloo (May 21-23) and the Louisiana Cajun/Zydeco Fest
(June 11-13). And our Black Ops team will be sending you live
performances direct from the (Washington) D.C. Jazz Fest (June 9-12).
We hope you enjoy all this great music as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.
New Orleans Jazz Fest is arguably the greatest festival of its kind in the world, and it's right around the corner. If you haven't gotten your WWOZ Brass Pass yet, now's the time, and if you've bought one and need to pick it up, you've still got a few options left. Look out for our new Artist Spotlight series on wwoz.org, which focuses on great local performers at Jazz Fest like Big Chief Bo Dollis (pictured), Steve & Sasha Masakowski, and Renard Poché. Can't make it to the Fest? We'll bring you lots of acts live from the Fairgrounds — keep an eye on our live broadcast page for details, and stay glued to our Jazz Fest blog for lots of photos and stories from the Fest.
The 22nd annual WWOZ Piano Night lands in the House of Blues on Monday, April 26, right between the two weekends of Jazz Fest. This tribute to the classic piano sounds of New Orleans will include Marcia Ball, Sunpie Barnes, Carol Fran, Joe Krown and many more, plus tons of surprise guests. To ensure you don't miss this extremely special night, we'll be broadcasting it live on air and online. We also have signed Piano Night banners for sale, plus brand-new Piano Night T-shirts for 2010 (pictured).
Please join WWOZ in remembering the musicians who passed recently: Rockie Charles, Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, Marva Wright (pictured), Alex Chilton and Herb Ellis. We hope to brighten the spirits of their fans, friends and family by keeping their music and memories alive on the airwaves and in our hearts.
If our live broadcasts from French Quarter Fest, Piano Night and Jazz Fest aren't enough for you, we've got lots more coming up this month at WWOZ. We'll broadcast The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Jon Cleary (pictured) from Young Leadership Council's Wednesday at the Square concert (April 14), as well as a rare appearance by soul legend Betty Harris with an all-star band led by Marc Stone at the Old Point Bar (April 15). We're scheduling more all the time—stay tuned to our Live Broadcast page for updates.
On April 28, two of New Orleans'
most beloved musicians, Eddie Bo (pictured) and Edward "Sheba" Kimbrough (Professor Longhair's original drummer), will be honored at Margaritaville in the French Quarter, where both often played. The event is sponsored by friends of Eddie Bo and Edward Kimbrough, and music will be provided by friends and family. Two framed plaques will be dedicated and mounted at the bar to commemorate the musicians.
If you haven't been to our food section lately, you're missing out. We've got all kinds of stories in there about New Orleans cuisine, as well as our archive of recipes that appear here in the 'OZone each month. You won't want to miss our Jazz Fest Food Spotlight series for tips on what's new and delicious at the Fairgrounds this year. And join host George Ingmire each week during New Orleans All the Way Live for his Culinary Crossroads audio featurettes.
This month's recipe from Marcelle Bienvenu (a writer for Louisiana Cookin' and Times-Picayune) makes those tasty Louisiana shrimp sing as an hors d'oeuvre or side dish. If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz2010, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.
This month's featured 'OZ sponsor is the Louisiana Public Health Institute, a statewide nonprofit established in 1997 as part of a growing movement of public health institutes across the country. LPHI promotes health and quality of life in Louisiana by coordinating and managing public health programs and initiatives in the areas of health systems development and health promotion/disease prevention.
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