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5 things to know for 3/2 - 3/8

Thu, 03/01/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) Congo Square Rhythms Festival is happening Saturday and Sunday. Brass bands, the 2018 Class Got Brass competition, African dance ensembles, Mardi Gras Indians, and more will be hitting the stage at this historic site. Both days begin with a drum circle at 11a and end wit... Read more

Culu and N'Kafu African Dance Ensembles at Congo Square Rhythms Fest

Thu, 03/01/18
One of the best parts of the Congo Square Rhythms Fest are the talented and vibrant dance groups who continue the highly meaningful dance traditions at this historic site. This year, the dancers will be heavily featured on Sunday, March 4, from 12 - 1:30p. Check out the Cul... Read more

Video: Ghalia & Mama's Boys at WWOZ

Wed, 02/28/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
We welcomed Ghalia & Mama's Boys into our studio for a quick session this afternoon. Check it out!  Read more

Video: Rebirth at WWOZ

Wed, 02/28/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
Rebirth Brass Band joined us in the studio during the New Orleans Music Show this afternoon to share a few songs and promote their appearance at the upcoming Congo Square Rhythms Festival, happening March 3-4! Rebirth will hit the Congo Square stage on Saturday, March 3 at ... Read more

Mardi Gras Indian battle at Congo Square Rhythms Fest

Wed, 02/28/18
Congo Square Rhythms Fest is coming up this weekend! Every year features a Mardi Gras Indian battle, this year happening on Saturday, March 3 starting at 3:15p. Check out the verbal spar we caught in 2016 featuring members of the Flaming Arrows, Mohawk Hunters, and Fi-Yi-Yi... Read more

Interview with Terence Blanchard

Tue, 02/27/18
WWOZ sat down with the great Terence Blanchard for a conversation about his work on 'Champion,' an opera in jazz. 'Champion' makes its New Orleans debut March 9 and 11, produced by the New Orleans Opera. Read more

Video: KIPP Believe Jazz Band on School Groove

Tue, 02/27/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
We were happy to welcome the students of KIPP Believe Jazz Band, along with band director Mr. Keith Hart, into our studio this afternoon for the February edition of School Groove! Check out the performance from these talented kids below.  Read more

Video: Casa Samba at Congo Square Rhythms Fest

Mon, 02/26/18
Congo Square Rhythms Fest is coming up this weekend and we've got highlights from recent years to share with you! Below, check out Casa Samba's 2016 performance.  This free festival celebrates the many traditions that trace back to Congo Square, including brass bands, Mard... Read more

NPR's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest open

Sat, 02/24/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
Can we make it two? Last year, New Orleans' own Tank & the Bangas won NPR's big Tiny Desk Contest and we know there's another New Orleans artist out there with the moxie and desire to win this year!  The contest is open to unsigned musicians from all genres. In order to app... Read more

Festival International de Louisiane 2018 lineup

Sat, 02/24/18
Festival International de Louisiane announced their 2018 lineup yesterday. This year's roster includes talent from more than 20 countries and regions, featuring local Louisiana artists alongside international musicians. The festival will take place April 25-29 in Lafayette.... Read more

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