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1983: French Quarter Fest is born

Wed, 04/11/18
The first French Quarter Fest lasted three days and took place on six stages on Bourbon Street and near Jackson Square. Performers included Allen Toussaint, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Luther Kent, Connie Jones, and Chris Owens. Read more

Video: Alison McConnell Band at WWOZ

Wed, 04/11/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
Alison McConnell joined host Derrick Freeman on today's New Orleans Music Show. Check it out below!  Read more

Photos from Downtown Super Sunday 2018

Tue, 04/10/18
Photographer Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee was in the streets on Downtown Super Sunday (April 8, 2018), capturing scenes as Mardi Gras Indians donned their suits for another time this year. Baby Dolls and the Pigeon Town Steppers were on hand, as well. Check out a few of the highlig... Read more

Coco Robicheaux Interment

Mon, 04/09/18
A very special event for all who recognized Coco's role in New Orleans culture and how his passing left a unfilled hole in our soul.  Let's help Coco's wife Danielle return him to his New Orleans Spiritland.   A Go Fund Me account to bring Coco to St. Louis #2 where he will... Read more

Video: Shannon Powell at WWOZ

Sun, 04/08/18
Happy birthday, Shannon Powell! This Treme born-and-raised drummer never ceases to amaze. Check out his performance at WWOZ in March 2017 below.  Read more

Derek Smalls at WWOZ on Tuesday

Sun, 04/08/18
Derek Smalls, Formerly of the Band Formerly known as Spinal Tap, will join host Marc Stone on the Soul Serenade on Tuesday afternoon at 2p to talk about his new album, 'Smalls Change: (Meditations Upon Ageing).' Smalls' first solo LP features collaborations with Chad Smith,... Read more

Video: Doreen Ketchens at Jazz & Heritage Center

Sat, 04/07/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
We were pleased to bring you Doreen Ketchens in concert, live from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Center, tonight! Check out the video of her whole set below. Doreen Ketchens is no ordinary street musician. Although when home in New Orleans she can often be found on Royal... Read more

Fats Domino's big break: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 04/07/18
From the Lower 9th Ward, Fats conquered the world and changed the future, with a fresh new rhythm and sound from New Orleans that became rock'n'roll. Read more

5 things to know for 4/6 - 4/12

Sat, 04/07/18
1) It's a busy weekend in the streets! Chosen Few Traditional Jazz Cultural Parade is happening Saturday at noon, Single Ladies are stepping out for their annual second line on Sunday at 1p, and Downtown Super Sunday is happening starting around 1p. Get all the information,... Read more

Superb Musicians in Tulane and SUNO events this weekend

Sat, 04/07/18
Authored by Maryse Déjean
Tulane and Southern Universities host a gathering of performers who will explore the 'Sound of Freedom' this coming weekend. The line-ups are illustrious for events on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8.  William and Patricia Parker are visiting from New York City to be... Read more

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