WWOZ Looks Back at a Great 2008!

Published on: January 1st, 2009

2008 saw its share of ups and downs, but the music was always in the stratosphere. Check out these slideshows of the highlights of WWOZ's year in music, and wax a bit nostalgic with us as we enter the new year. We hope you enjoyed the music as much as we did, and we're counting on you to keep listening to 'OZ and supporting New Orleans music in 2009. When you're done, head on over to our Community Forum, under the topic Great Musical Moments of 2008.

To help jog your memory, take a look at some of WWOZ's great moments in 2008, including our live coverage of the Crescent City Blues Festival and the 10th anniversary Voodoo Fest, live broadcasts from our Fall Membership Drive and December Power Drive, the special holiday show with Irma Thomas & David Torkanowsky, and the legendary Dave Bartholomew's live in-studio celebration of his birthday on Christmas Eve.

Dave Bartholomew Birthday Show

Enjoy a slideshow of photos of the great Dave Bartholomew celebrating his birthday on George Ingmire's New Orleans Music Show. The legendary trumpeter, composer and producer was joined by pianist David Torkanowsky for a live performance of several of his classic compositions. Also on hand for the celebration were sons Ron, Don, and Dave Jr., as well as old friends and collaborators Cosimo Matassa, Bunchie Johnson, Mac Johnson, and more.

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Irma Thomas & David Torkanowsky Live Broadcast Holiday Special

The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, and WWOZ's own David Torkanowsky came by the studio during George Ingmire's New Orleans Music Show on Wednesday, December 17 for a special live performance to celebrate the holidays with 'OZ. Enjoy this slideshow of some highlights from the live broadcast.

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Highlights from Holiday Membership Drive

Our Holiday Brass Pass Blitz in December featured three days of incredible live in-studio performances and special guests. Check out these photos of some of the highlights.

Highlights from Tuba Tuba Tuba

WWOZ broadcast live from the second annual Tuba Tuba Tuba music festival featuring a 30-sousaphone second-line, live band performances, and street-corner ensembles. Tuba Tuba Tuba also featured a musical tribute to Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen featuring 16 of New Orleans' greatest tuba players.

Performers included Kirk Joseph, Philip Frazier, Matt Perrine, Craig Klein, The Tin Men, Anders Osbourne, Big Sam, John "Papa" Gros, Big Al Carson and many more. Check out these photos of some of the highlights.

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WWOZ at Voodoo Fest 2008

Here are some high points from WWOZ's live broadcasts from the Voodoo Music Experience in City Park, including photos of The Iguanas, Andre Williams, The Dynamites, DJ Soul Sister, John Boutté, Dr. Michael White's Jazz Band, Shamarr Allen, The Vettes, The Melody Clouds, The Lee Boys, and The Blind Boys of Alabama with The Preservation Hall Band, as well as WWOZ show hosts and Voodoo volunteers.

Photos from our Fall 2008 Membership Drive

Thank you from all of us at 'OZ for stepping up and giving us the juice we need to keep bringing you the best of the best in New Orleans music and culture. Your support during these tough times means so much to the WWOZ family.

2008 Crescent City Blues Festival

Highlights from the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in Lafayette Square, include David "Honeyboy" Edwards, John Mooney, the 19th Street Red Blues Band, the Heritage School of Music All-Stars, Little Freddie King, Tee Eva and Washboard Chaz.

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