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French Quarter Fest celebrates 40 years w/50+ musical debuts, fireworks, parade + more

Tue, 01/31/23
The non-profit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) announce the 40th anniversary of French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron, April 13-16, 2023! French Quarter Fest is the largest free festival and showcase of Louisiana music, food, and culture. The festival takes pla... Read more

Abita Springs Busker Fest 2023

Mon, 01/30/23
Abita Springs Busker Fest returns to the Abita Trailhead on April 2! This year's lineup includes Max & the Martians, Jacky Blair & the Hot Biscuits, Secret Six Jazz Band, Jump Hounds, The Deslondes, and Tuba Skinny. The festival will also feature Abita beer, food, art vendo... Read more

Spring 2023 Wednesday at the Square

Mon, 01/30/23
Authored by Carrie Booher
YLC's free Wednesday at the Square concert series returns this spring! YLC Wednesday at the Square is a free concert series in the heart of New Orleans Central Business District. Proceeds from food and beverage sales benefit the Young Leadership Council’s community projects... Read more

Video: The Dew Drop Inn

Thu, 01/19/23
The Dew Drop Inn, the creation of Frank Painia, was a barbershop, restaurant, hotel, lounge, and performance venue at the heart of Black society and culture in New Orleans from the 1940s through the 1960s. The city’s top talent, including Dave Bartholomew, Allen Toussaint, ... Read more

In Memoriam: Barbara Lacen Keller

Mon, 01/16/23
New Orleans culture bearer and activist Barbara Lacen Keller has died at the age of 76. She had been a valued member of the Board of Directors of WWOZ since 2021; and of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, where she was elected to the Advisory Council in 2016, and o... Read more

Video: Joan of Arc 2023

Tue, 01/10/23
This was a special year for WWOZ with Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc as our General Manager, Beth Arroyo Utterback, was chosen to reign as Queen Yolande and she invited WWOZ staff members to serve as her royal entourage! Check out a few highlights from this annual Twelfth Night proc... Read more

2023 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Mon, 01/02/23
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Mardi Gras season is finally upon us again! Here's the parade schedule for 2023 (subject to change). Friday, February 3 7pm Krewe Bohème - Marigny/French Quarter Saturday, February 4 6:30pm Krewe du Vieux - French Quarter Sunday, February 5 4pm 'tit Rex - Marigny 7p... Read more

In Memoriam: Walter "Wolfman" Washington

Fri, 12/23/22
Walter "Wolfman" Washington has died of cancer at the age of 79. Well-known for his trademark howl and his performances with his band, The Roadmasters, Wolfman combined blues, R&B, funk, and soul on stages throughout the New Orleans for decades. Washington got his start wi... Read more

Video: Josh Paxton on Professor Longhair

Mon, 12/19/22
Josh Paxton joins us in the studio to talk about and play Professor Longhair on Fess's 104th birthday (December 19, 2022).  Read more

Video: Tom Worrell on Professor Longhair

Mon, 12/19/22
Tom Worrell joins us in the studio to talk about and play Professor Longhair on Fess's 104th birthday (December 19, 2022).  Read more

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