Music is "all the way live" and well in New Orleans and the trickle down is causing a swell of live broadcasts on the airwaves at 'OZ.
Recently, our listeners have been radio-teleported to Lafayette Square in the heart of the Central Business District for the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, to the far reaches of City Park for Voodoo Music Experience, and El Sido's, a zydeco joint nestled in Lafayette, Louisiana. And we've been busy recording for posterity at local music clubs all over town such as Mid-City Rock n' Bowl, the Saturn Bar and the ever-venerable Snug Harbor.
Headin' right atcha next week is the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in the Carrollton neighborhood Uptown, one of several hip areas redefining the "new" New Orleans. We'll be broadcasting live, right from Oak Street, so scroll down for the line-up.
But, this is New Orleans. There's always more! At 'OZ we're all excited about the rebirth of a host of "what-is-old-is-new" venues: Café Istanbul re-emerging in the Bywater; the exquisitely redesigned performance hall in the U.S. Mint, back of the French Quarter; and the renaissance of the retro Joy Theater on Canal Street, to be inaugurated before the end of the year.
Yours in pompoms and mehluhtons,
Cochon de lait po-boy mmmm...
On November 20, the best of the best sandwich shops and restaurants line up on Oak Street to celebrate New Orleans' beloved patron saint of sandwiches -- The Po-Boy. Complete with music, fun, and (obviously) food, WWOZ will be broadcasting 101 Runners, Joe Krown with Russel Batiste, Jr. and Walter "Wolfman" Washington, The Revivalists, and Papa Grows Funk live.
Come hang out at the WWOZ booth, where you can chat with 'OZ staff and volunteers and where we'll be selling 'OZ gear for the holidays. So, stay tuned and while you wait for the day to arrive, check out photos from last year.
|WWOZ turkeys are like turduckens, but stuffed with music.|
It's no secret what listener-supported WWOZ has to be thankful for this year - you! We are extremely grateful to all of our new and renewing members over the past year (450 more than last year!), and we want to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! Your contributions go towards vital projects like the digitization of our archives, volunteer training, realtime playlists, second line coverage and of course they help keep the greatest station in the nation serving up hot and spicy music for your ears to gobble up! So here's to you and some links to food, and fun to make your turkey (or tofurkey) celebration:
|Crystal putting candles on the birthday cake for last year's bash.|
|WWOZ flags at the beginnning of the secondline.
Photos by Jennifer Leslie
We had such a fun time last year celebrating our 30th anniversary that we've decide to hold another 'OZ second line and birthday bash on December 3rd, because in this town, who doesn't love a reason to celebrate? Meet us at the neutral ground at Elysian Fields Ave. and Chartres St. at 11:30 a.m. for our second annual birthday second line. We'll be doing a loop through the quarter, and disbanding at Barracks and French Market Pl. Stay tuned for more details and a route sheet!
Then that evening come to the 'OZ birthday bash at Tipitina's--the mothership/birthplace of 'OZ--featuring Big Sam's Funky Nation and The Stooges Brass Band. Get your tickets now, because we sold out last year!
|Show Host Sam Cammarata showing off a shiny, happy Brass Pass.
Photo by Jennifer Leslie
'OZ Brass Passes makes great Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/birthday presents and guarantee you the title of favorite Santa (or Hanukkah Fairy). Like two presents in one, not only do they mean the gift of membership for your darling, best friend or mom, but they also help support your favorite radio station. So purchase a Brass Pass online, or come to the WWOZ booth at the Po-Boy or Gumbo Fests and reserve one in person.
|Clearly DJ Missy's recs are awesome because 1. She is holding a CD. 2. She is hanging out with Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
Photo by Molly Cobb
With the holidays just around the corner, it's time to start shopping for your favorite music lovers. WWOZ's show hosts have already begun compiling their lists of the best CDs of 2011, so peruse their recommendations and get your audiophile some great New Orleans, Cajun, Jazz or Blues tunes this year.
|One of the many vintage Jazz Fest tees available in the Swamp Shop.
Photo courtesy of the Swamp Thing...
Eight days of Hanukkah and eight different vintage Jazz Fest tee-shirts for sale, coincidence? We think not. So get your holiday shopping done early. Now through December 5th, save $5 on an order of $50, and $15 on an order of $100 in the Swamp Shop. Use discount code: jingle
Love to shop in person? Then stop by the WWOZ studios at 1008 N.Peters Street to purchase your 'OZ gear during our "Swamp Shop Fridays" events on December 2, 9, and 16, from 12:00 pm to 5:00pm. You can also purchase Swamp Shop gear at the Po-Boy and Gumbo Fests. (Heads up that online sale prices are only available for online purchases and not for Swamp Shop Fridays or any festival Swamp Shop events.)
You can reserve your Brass Pass at the Po-Boy and Gumbo Fests, and we'll have broadcast schedules, bumper stickers, and volunteer applications on hand. The mysterious Swamp Thing will be offering an array of holiday specials on some of your favorite 'OZ gear as well at these events. Hope to see you there!
|Delicious gumbo everywhere.
Photo courtesy of Louisiana Cookin'
Hang out with WWOZ at the Jazz and Heritage Center for the Tremé Creole Gumbo Fest and Jazz & Heritage Foundation Holiday Bazaar on December 10th, just in time to spread some holiday cheer! With music by the Rebirth Brass Band, Glen David Andrews and more, you'll have a swinging good time. So come out, have a cup of gumbo, listen to some great jazz, become a new or renewing member or enter our raffle for a chance to win a goodie bag of 'OZ shwag.
|Russell is a cheery fellow, even when on the air.
Photo by Catherine King
Russell Shelton, a transplant from Oklahoma City, is a young drummer who fell in love with the Crescent City during a short trip in his junior year of high school. Shortly after that visit, Russell reconnected with the spirit of New Orleans when he started to meet and befriend students from New Orleans who began attending Bishop McGuinness High School along with him, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
|Chicken and Andouille Étouffee
Photo courtesy of Louisiana Cookin'
Time to turn on the stove, slow cook that roux and heat up the house. This is an easy, hearty recipe featuring chicken and andouille sausage, with the holy trifecta and a roux. It's easy to make, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand, and you can whip this up to stay warm when it's just too cold to leave the house. If you like the recipe, then visit Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz2011, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.