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Soul Sister's 10th Annual Birthday Jam - FRIDAY 9/9 at Tipitina's

Wed, 09/07/16
Authored by Soul Sister
Dear WWOZ listeners and family, I'd like to invite everyone to help celebrate my (actual) birthday with me this Friday, September 9. It's my 10th Annual Birthday Jam at Tipitina's, and this year's theme is what I'm caling the "D.C. Go-Go / New Orleans Funk Connection." Fea... Read more

French Market's Downriver Festival - Sep. 10

Wed, 09/07/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
The fourth annual Downriver Festival will be held Saturday, September 10 at the Old U.S. Mint and French Market, featuring lectures, live music, a photography workshop, walking tours, and culinary demonstrations that celebrate all aspects of the Mississippi River’s influenc... Read more

Video: Tin Men at French Quarter Fest

Tue, 09/06/16
Here's a highlight from French Quarter Fest 2015 as the Tin Men perform 'Sit Down On The Banks Of The River,' a Reverend Gary Davis cover. Chaz breaks it down with one of the hottest washboard solos you'll ever see! Check out our New Music Spotlight on Tin Men's latest albu... Read more

New music spotlight: Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners

Tue, 09/06/16
Pat Reedy has split his home between New Orleans and Nashville over the last few years. Much of his time over the last decade has been on the road, though, playing at rural bars, festivals, and more. His latest album with his band The Longtime Goners, Highway Bound, reflect... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 09/02/16

Sat, 09/03/16
1 Appelousa Danny James 2:20 Boogie In The Mud (Goldband 62-70) Southern Swamp Guitar 2 God Can The Staples 4:56 Unlock Your Mind '78 3 Lean On Me Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths 3:15 Sweet Memories 4 10. Feel Like ... Read more

In Memoriam: Sammy Ridgley

Fri, 09/02/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
Samuel Ridgley passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the age of 78. Ridgley was born August 6, 1943; the youngest of 17 children (his brother Tommy, a well-known musician, was the oldest, born 18 years earlier) and raised in the Shrewsbury section of Jefferson Parish ... Read more

NOCCA student selected for prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop

Wed, 08/31/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
The next generation of jazz musicians in New Orleans is beginning to receive their accolades and larger opportunities. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts senior Brian Richburg recently received the news that he has been selected as a scholarship winner and participant in ... Read more


Tue, 08/30/16
  From our waters to your plate, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a celebration of all the fresh and flavorful seafood that makes our state great. This year the party offers 3 days of live music, celebrity Chef cooking demonstrations, a beer garden featuring local and cr... Read more

New music spotlight: John 'Papa' Gros

Tue, 08/30/16
John 'Papa' Gros is a New Orleans pianist keeping the flame alive. On his latest, River's On Fire, released last Friday, Gros hits hard with the funk after a 12-year hiatus since his last solo release. Born in New Orleans, Gros has spent more than a quarter-century champion... Read more

Audition for Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Free Music School

Mon, 08/29/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
Auditions for the 2016-2017 session of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music program for students ages 10 to 17 will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 10a-12p at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1205 N. Rampart St)... Read more

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