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Video: James Williams & the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

Thu, 06/11/20
WWOZ was on hand to live video stream from James Williams & the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys' set from the balcony of the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Tuesday, June 9! Check out their set below:  Read more

Video: Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Nov. 2019

Tue, 06/09/20
Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys perform 'J’ai plus de place pour aller' at the Thibodeaux family reunion, November 2019, in Mallett, Louisiana. This was filmed by WWOZ's DJ Swamp Boogie. You can hear his show each Thursday, 7-10pm, on WWOZ.  The band's latest is ... Read more

Return to Congo Square: May 31, 2020

Sun, 06/07/20
The spiritual home to New Orleans music, Congo Square, reverberated for the first time in months to the drums of Luther Gray's Congo Square Preservation Society on Sunday, May 31. Gray says, "This is the time for the indigenous people of the planet to make their voices hea... Read more

Interview: Craig Dixon of Da Truth Brass Band

Sat, 06/06/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson gets on the phone with Da Truth Brass Band trumpeter Craig Dixon. They discuss how second lines are changing, how playing in parades differs from performing on stage, what lies ahead for the band, and much more. Hear it ... Read more

Rhythm Room 06/05/20

Fri, 06/05/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
 1 Cryin' in the Street Parts 1 & 2 George Perkins 03:21 Louisiana-Texas Wailers 2 Black Myself Our Native Daughters 03:55 Songs of Our Native Daughters 3 Let My People Go Darondo 03:55 The Soul of the Black Panther Era Vol 1 4 Time Will Tell Bob Marley And The Wailers 03:29 ... Read more

Video: Piano Night 2015, 2016, 2020

Sun, 05/31/20
Here's a special treat for you! Fresh from the WWOZ Video archives, performances from WWOZ Piano Nights 2015 and 2016, plus our most recent and unusual Piano Night ever-- #StayHome Piano Night 2020. On this playlist, see performances from Monty Alexander, Robert Glasper, Je... Read more

34th Annual Creole Tomato Festival (To-Go): June 13-14

Sun, 05/31/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
The 34th annual Creole Tomato Festival will look different than other years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, it's happening and we're happy to share this news from the French Market! Join them Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 to celebrate and eat at home. Takeout, f... Read more

Interview: Roger Lewis

Sat, 05/30/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Dirty Dozen Brass Band leader Roger Lewis talks to Action Jackson about how he started playing music, the many musical legends he's performed with, how New Orleans music is received around the world, and much more. Listen in: Read more

Rhythm Room 05/29/20

Fri, 05/29/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Super Bad Kashmere Stage Band 01:50 Thunder Soul (Kram LP-103) 2 That's Alright Ranky Tanky 03:22 Ranky Tanky 3 Time is winding up Dorothy Norwood 03:09 SuperFunk's Mission Impossible 4 Since I Lost My Baby The Tamlins 03:00 Red Rose 5 Sho Nuff You Can (You Can Count on Me) ... Read more

WWOZ awarded Louisiana Culture Cares Fund Grant

Thu, 05/28/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
We are happy to share that WWOZ is one of the recipients of a Louisiana Culture Cares Fund Grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The Louisiana Culture Cares Fund was established by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Helis Foundation, and the Na... Read more

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