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Video: Big Nine Second Line Parade 2022

Sun, 12/18/22
Big Nine Second Line Parade makes its way down St. Claude Avenue in the 9th Ward this afternoon! This video shows the first minutes of the parade. It went on for four more hours, through the Upper and Lower 9th Wards, including a stop at the recently re-opened House of Danc... Read more

WWOZ's General Manager, Beth Arroyo Utterback, selected to reign as Queen Yolande for the Joan of Arc Parade 2023

Fri, 12/16/22
WWOZ's General Manager, Beth Arroyo Utterback, was selected to reign as Queen Yolande for the Joan of Arc Parade on January 6th in the French Quarter! Her entourage will include members WWOZ's staff, the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans music and cul... Read more

Video: Irma Thomas at WWOZ, Dec. 2022

Wed, 12/14/22
Irma Thomas joined host Cole Williams on the New Orleans Music Show on Tuesday, December 13! It was a wonderful time all around as she sang a few songs a cappella, discussed her career, her thought process as she sings, mentoring, and much more!  Read more

WWOZ celebrates 42 years

Sun, 12/04/22
42 years ago today WWOZ was awarded its federal broadcast license - the only caveat was that it had to be on the air within 24 hours! Since the station had no physical base at the time, program hosts taped shows at home and rushed them to the transmitter to get them on the ... Read more

38th annual "Holidays New Orleans Style" is on

Thu, 11/17/22
The 38th annual "Holidays New Orleans Style" is happening now through Twelfth Night, January 6, 2023, when Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc parades through the French Quarter! Presented by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., this season's events include free concerts, réveillon dinners, c... Read more

2023 Louisiana-based Grammy Award nominees

Tue, 11/15/22
Congratulations to all of the 2023 Grammy Award nominees, especially those from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast!  Things Happen That Way the posthumous, final studio album by Dr. John, who died in 2019, is nominated as Best Americana Album. Tank & the Bangas' latest album, Re... Read more

Video: Kristin Diable at WWOZ

Wed, 11/02/22
Kristin Diable joined host Murf Reeves on the New Orleans Music Show on Monday, October 31 to play some music and talk about her upcoming gig at the Ozone Songwriter Festival in Mandeville this weekend! Details at Read more

All Saints Day on WWOZ

Tue, 11/01/22
Authored by Carrie Booher
Today is All Saints Day (November 1). Some people call it the Feast of All Saints, Le Toussaint, or the Day of the Dead. The origins are religious and there are a lot of different cultural traditions associated with All Saints, especially in New Orleans. But in all of them,... Read more

SpookySzn Picks For This Weekend

Sat, 10/29/22
Authored by Slangston Hughes
Outside of Salem, not too many US cities do Halloween right. Over the last several years, New Orleans has quickly said "hold my beer" with inventive costumes, DJ parties and music events, packed concerts and crowded streets that tend to rival the decadent atmosphere of Mard... Read more

Photos: Black Men of Labor 2022

Fri, 10/28/22
This year, the Black Men of Labor (BMOL) decided to substitute their annual parade for a global ecumenical service, an event driven by BMOL's ongoing efforts to recognize the past and appreciate the importance of paying it forward. BMOL President Fred Johnson wrote that ".... Read more

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