The New Orleans Voodoo Blues Krewe's Voodoo Blues Challenge finals are on October 8 at Rock & Bowl — and WWOZ will broadcast the event live on air and online! The finalists in the "band" category are Danny Alexander's Blues Band, Joe Simon's Big 3, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, and Lil Red & Big Bad. They'll be performing in front of a panel of judges to find out who will move on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next February.
In addition to the competition finalists, Little Freddie King and Big Daddy 'O will be performing — tune in and hear these amazing New Orleans blues powerhouses!
Tune in to WWOZ on air and online from September 30 to October 7 and catch tons of one-of-a-kind live performances during our Fall Membership Drive. Lots of New Orleans musicians will be in our studio to chat with hosts and play some tunes to help us kick off our 30th anniversary!
And if you like what you hear, please make a contribution at 1-877-907-6999 or online at wwoz.org/pledge+now. We challenge 1,000 loyal 'OZ listeners to step up and donate or renew their memberships during our drive so we can keep bringing you the music that moves you.
Scheduled Artist Appearances
(subject to change without notice)
9:30 a.m. Caesar Elloie
2 p.m. Kermit Ruffins
Since shortly after Hurricane Katrina, drummer Gene Harding has been hosting the Monday Night Super Jam on Frenchmen Street — originally as a way to keep tabs on which musicians were back (or still) in town after the storm.
On Monday, September 27, WWOZ will broadcast the jam live from The Maison, featuring "Rue Fiya!" with Gene Harding, Zena Moses, Matthew Clark, William Repholz, and C.R. Gruver. Many exciting special guests will be performing with the group, including Mem Shannon, Jeremy Phipps, Winston Turner, Mario Abney and Charleston Perkins.
This live broadcast is sponsored by LetsBeTotallyClear.org, so the venue will be totally smoke-free for the evening, providing a healthy environment for the musicians, staff and audience.
On Wednesday, September 22, WWOZ will broadcast a staple of the New Orleans music scene, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters, live from d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street. The broadcast is sponsored by LetsBeTotallyClear.org, so the show will be totally smoke-free, providing a healthy environment for the musicians, staff and audience.
Walter "Wolfman" Washington has been an icon on the New Orleans music scene for decades. His searing guitar work and soulful vocals have defined the Crescent City's unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, jazz and the blues since he formed his first band in the 1970s.
Washington began his career backing the great vocalist Lee Dorsey. Before he went out on his own with his Solar System band, Walter also did stints with Irma Thomas as well as with the legendary jazzman David Lastie's Taste of New Orleans band. During the 1970s, Washington began a 20-year association with one of the most important vocalists to hail from Louisiana—the late, great Johnny Adams
Washington was often pigeonholed into the blues genre, but his sound reflects the full range of music from New Orleans. He certainly can howl the blues, hence his nickname, but his musical talents have always defined pure Crescent City soul. In later years, with the second rise of funk, Washington fully embraced that genre as well.