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Irma Thomas: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 02/17/18
In 1959, Irma Thomas was working as a waitress at the Pimlico Club in Central City, where they called her "the waitress who could sing." Read more

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

Herlin Riley 'Tutti Ma Was A Big Fine Thing'

Wed, 02/14/18
Happy birthday, Herlin Riley! Here's his performance of 'Tutti Ma Was A Big Fine Thing' at WWOZ in 2016.  Read more

Congo Square Rhythms Fest: March 3-4, 2018

Wed, 02/14/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
Congo Square Rhythms Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, returns to Armstrong Park March 3-4, 2018. This is the 11th annual presentation of this deeply meaningful and vibrant (and free!) festival that celebrates the many traditions that trace ... Read more

Ol' Man River subs for Hazel Sunday, welcomes Creole Wild West Monday

Sun, 02/11/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
Two special shows from Ol' Man River this week! He'll be subbing for Hazel the Delta Rambler on Sunday, February 11 from 10a-12p. "The show will be very festive so please tune in," he says. Then, in his regular slot on Monday, 6-9a, he will welcome the Big Chief and Spy Bo... Read more

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles f/Big Chief Juan Pardo 'Sew, Sew, Sew'

Sat, 02/10/18
Sew, sew, sew! The Mardi Gras Indians are putting the finishing touches on this year's suits now and in honor of their hard work, here's Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles featuring Big Chief Juan Pardo performing 'Sew, Sew, Sew' at Congo Square Rhythms Fest. Read more

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