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Joe Simon on this week's '50s R&B Show

Mon, 03/01/21
Authored by Neil Pellegrin
This week's edition of The '50s R&B Show will spotlight the life and career of soul legend Joe Simon, featuring a brand new interview with the man himself! Simon, a native of Simmesport, Louisiana, started his recording career on the West Coast in the late '50s with the Ech... Read more

Dancing in the Streets: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans open now at Historic New Orleans Collection

Mon, 03/01/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
The sights and sounds of a defining local cultural practice, second line parades, come alive in “Dancing in the Streets: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans,” on view at The Historic New Orleans Collection from February 25 to June 13, 2021. Assembled in collaborat... Read more

Rhythm Room 02/26/21

Sat, 02/27/21
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin Junior Mance 04:20 With A Lotta Help From My Friends 2 God Is Real Lee Fields & The Expressions 03:20 It Rains Love 3 Something Is Missing Holmes Brothers 03:14 Feed My Soul 4 Destination: Anywhere The Marvelettes 02:41 The Complete M... Read more

WWOZ Celebrates Black History Month

Fri, 02/26/21
Authored by Al Colón
The year 2021 marks the 95th annual celebration of Black history in the US. This observation was founded as a week-long event in February, 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and his colleagues in the Association for the Study of Negro (now African American) Life and History, for... Read more

Interview: Kevin Devezin of Undefeated Divas & Gents

Thu, 02/25/21
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Undefeated Divas and Gents President Kevin Devezin talks to Action Jackson about how he got started in the second line, the group's talented designers, how they choose their fancy footwear, and more. Hear the interview in the player be... Read more

Rhythm Room 02/19/21

Sat, 02/20/21
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Sledgehammer Boris Gardiner 03:21 Sledgehammer 2 What Is This Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens 03:14 What Have You Done, My Brother? 3 Movin' Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens 02:48 Cold World 4 don't let the love light leave carla thomas 02:27 more from the other side of... Read more

Special Irma Thomas birthday broadcast tonight 10pm CT

Thu, 02/18/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
Today is Irma Thomas's 80th birthday, and we've been paying tribute to her all day long on WWOZ. We couldn't finish out the day without sharing just a few more rare Irma recordings from our vaults, so tune to WWOZ at 10pm CT for an hour of some great Irma Thomas live record... Read more

Happy 80th birthday, Irma Thomas!

Thu, 02/18/21
Happy 80th birthday to the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas! She has been a longtime supporter of WWOZ and we've appreciated every moment of that. Listen in to WWOZ today as our show hosts honor her in their own special ways. Below, a few of our favorite photos of her... Read more

Video: Mardi Gras 2021

Mon, 02/15/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleanians' creativity can't be dampened by a lack of parades! Here are just a few of the house floats from all over New Orleans that residents designed and installed to celebrate Mardi Gras 2021. Read more

Interview: Chief Eric B. of Monogram Hunters

Mon, 02/15/21
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Chief Eric B. of the Monogram Hunters talks to Action Jackson about loved ones lost during the pandemic, how his suit incorporates Rhastafarian culture, his latest musical project, and more. Hear it all in the player below: Read more

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