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Video: Bonerama 'Mr. Okra'

Tue, 02/20/18
Bonerama's tribute to Arthur J. Robinson, better known as ubiquitous produce vendor Mr. Okra (1944-2018). The band gave him a writing credit, as they used his words in the lyric. This was recorded during WWOZ's membership drive in October 2017. Read more

Free audio engineering workshops open to teens

Tue, 02/20/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
Applications are open now for two new instructional workshops in music production for teenagers presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. One workshop will teach the fundamentals of audio engineering in a recording studio environment. The other will teach the... Read more

French Quarter Fest 2018 Lineup Announced

Tue, 02/20/18
The music lineup for the 2018 French Quarter Festival is out! This year's festival is April 12-15 at stages throughout the French Quarter. WWOZ will again be broadcasting live from the festival. More details on that to come soon. This is the 35th year of French Quarter Fes... Read more

Video: A2D2 'Summertime'

Sun, 02/18/18
Arsene Delay and Antoine Diel (A2D2) talk about how they met and cover Ella Fitzgerald's 'Summertime' at the WWOZ studio on January 1, 2017.  Read more

Irma Thomas: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 02/17/18

Official Jazz Fest 2018 poster

Sat, 02/17/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
The official poster for the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been released. The poster features the recently deceased Fats Domino as depicted by artist Terrance Osborne. This is Osborne's fifth Jazz Fest poster, including two Congo Square designs.  This year's... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 02/16/18

Sat, 02/17/18
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1     Way Back Home     Jr. Walker & The All Stars     03:44     Rainbow Funk 2     Mighty Redeemer     Justin Hinds & The Dominoes     02:29     Corner Stone 3     Little Bit     Mavis Staples     03:52     If All I Was Was Black 4     All in My Mind     Maxine Brown     0... Read more

In Memoriam: Arthur "Mr. Okra" Robinson

Fri, 02/16/18
It is the end of an era in New Orleans as the last singing produce vendor, Mr. Okra, has passed away. Arthur Robinson was better known as Mr. Okra, a man who drove his produce-laden truck through the streets and sang his wares through a microphone/bullhorn system. The simpl... Read more

5 things to know for 2/16 - 2/22

Thu, 02/15/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) The application deadline for the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Class Got Brass contest is Friday, February 16 at 5p. Schools will compete for up to $10,000 in prize money at this year's Congo Square Fest, happening March 3-4.  2) Astral Project will be performing two fre... Read more

What We're Up To at 'OZ

Thu, 02/15/18
Here's something we want to share with all of our listeners: a document that details some of what we do here at WWOZ.  Download the PDF: 2017 Local Content & Service Report to the Community  Read more

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