It's another great week to be in New Orleans!
1) We're amidst the second weekend of the 48th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and things couldn't be looking better! Music, food, cultural presentations, and weather are all fantastic. There are too many great acts remaining to pick just a few but if you're not able to hit the Fair Grounds, you can tune in to WWOZ 11a-7p through Sunday to hear the sounds of the festival. On Saturday, we'll be broadcasting Glen David Andrews Band, A Tribute to Buckwheat Zydeco, Kenny Baron Trio, and SF Jazz Collective Plays The Music of Miles Davis. On Sunday, Jamison Ross and Tab Benoit are among the scheduled highlights.
2) There's a ton of great live music happening all across New Orleans in the coming week. One highlight will be Henry Butler's free concert at the Jazz & Heritage Center on Saturday night at 9pm. For full listings, check out the WWOZ Livewire.
3) More free music and friendly atmospheres: Wednesday at the Square hosts PJ Morton and the Andrew Duhon Trio on May 10. Jazz in the Park at Armstrong Park welcomes Bag of Donuts and David Batiste & Sons on Thursday, May 11.
4) The New York Times is at Jazz Fest this year; check out their write-up on the first weekend: "In New Orleans, a Festival Defies Trends and Welcomes Cuba."
5) WWOZ Mango Freeze is the most delicious treat at Jazz Fest... if we do say so ourselves! Find out the story behind the sorbet or a peek inside our booth with this special feature on its "cult following."