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French Quarter Fest 2017 Lineup Announced (April 6-9)

Tue, 01/24/17
The lineup for French Quarter Fest 2017 (April 6-9) has been released! Aaron Neville will perform at the festival for the first time, making his debut at the Abita Beer Stage in Woldenberg Park. Other headliners include Irma Thomas, Ellis Marsalis, The Dixie Cups, Little Fr... Read more

New music spotlight: Seva Venet

Tue, 01/24/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Seva Venet pays homage to the history of New Orleans banjo music with his new release, New Orleans Banjo Vol. 1 “Musieu Bainjo.” Venet’s goal for this project was not self-satisfying; instead, Venet hopes to shed new light on the important and vibrant history of the banjo a... Read more

The Indigenous Influence on American Music

Mon, 01/23/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
A new documentary is exploring the deep influence indigenous Americans have had on modern American music. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World premiered this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Rumble tells the tales and expounds on the influence of many Nati... Read more

Dumpstaphunk w/Trombone Shorty 'Justice'

Mon, 01/23/17
A powerful new video from Dumpstaphunk's collaboration with Trombone Shorty for the song 'Justice' was released on Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017). The song was first released in early 2016 during the presidential campaign. The video was purposely released on the day of... Read more

Soul Power 01/21/17

Sat, 01/21/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    Staxx Of Gold    African Music Machine    08:17    African Music Machine     2    I'm Thankful (Part 1)    Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra    04:03    I'm Thankful     3    Move on Up    The Dynamics    05:59    Version Excursions     4    My Place    Soopas... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 01/20/16

Sat, 01/21/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    She Breaks    Booker T. Jones    04:22    Potato Hole    2017/1/20 22:02:56 2    Little Light    The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers    03:23    Heavenly Fire '15    2017/1/20 22:07:37 3    I Ain't Raisin' No Sand    Staple Singers    06:30    Be What You Are    2017/1/20 22... Read more

5 things to know for 1/20-1/26

Fri, 01/20/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) The 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup is due out any day now and our Brass Passes, WWOZ's transferable 7-day access pass to the festival, are selling fast! Learn more about the amenities the WWOZ Brass Pass provides to its holders or get one now at our Bra... Read more

'Hungry Ghost:' new video from Hurray for the Riff Raff

Wed, 01/18/17
A new video from the New Orleans-based Hurray for the Riff Raff (Alynda Lee Segarra) has been released in anticipation of their upcoming album, The Navigator, due out March 10 on ATO Records. The video has been released in the wake of the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland,... Read more

New music spotlight: The Masakowski Family

Tue, 01/17/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Steve, Sasha, and Martin Masakowski teamed up with Paul Thibodeaux for a new release under the Masakowski Family moniker. The 8-song N.O. Escape, released December 22, does a great job highlighting the outstanding vocals skills of Sasha Masakowski and musicianship of the en... Read more

New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival 1/19-1/21

Mon, 01/16/17
The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival is a cultural and musical celebration of handmade stringed instruments happening January 19-21 at the Old U.S. Mint and Frenchmen Theatre. The three-day event begins Thursday, January 19 at the Old U.S. Mint with a special New Orle... Read more

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