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New Orleans Celebrates Its Fourth Annual Irish Festival At Kingsley House

Thu, 09/07/17
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
New Orleans will host the fourth annual Irish Fest New Orleans on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. deep in the heart of the Irish Channel at Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St. Music includes the New Orleans Celtic Heart Ensemble, The Poor Clares, Speed Th... Read more

WWOZ General Manager in Break Thru Magazine: "The Wizardess of 'OZ"

Wed, 09/06/17
One of the little-known facts about local public radio station WWOZ is what the station’s call letters stand for. Its founders chose an abbreviation for the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” from the namesake book and feature film. After 35 years of making her own kind of magic ha... Read more

New music spotlight: Lost Bayou Ramblers

Wed, 09/06/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Lafayette-based and Grammy-nominated band Lost Bayou Ramblers are set to release their eighth album on September 26th. With Kalenda—a Caribbean dance, a Cajun rock and roll song, a female character’s name, and a Louisiana rhythm—the Lost Bayou Ramblers continue to redefine ... Read more

Jazz in the Park's Fall 2017 season

Tue, 09/05/17
The fall 2017 Jazz in the Park season starts this weekend Jazz in the Park's Burger Fest on Friday, Sep. 8 and Saturday, Sep. 9 at Crescent Park under the Mandeville Shed. Saturday offers free performances from Cyril Neville Swamp Band, Los Hombres Calientes featuring Bill ... Read more

Video: Valley of Silent Men Second Line

Tue, 09/05/17

Rhythm Room Playlist 09/01/17

Sat, 09/02/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1     comencemos     phirpo y sus caribes     02:17     parrilla caliente 2     10 Ain't Nobody's Business     Gospel Hummingbirds     02:54     Steppin' out 3     The Best You Can     Bill Withers     02:24     Making Music 4     Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)     The Cables   ... Read more

5 things to know for 9/1 to 9/7

Thu, 08/31/17
1. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers perform at a fun-raiser to benefit Treme's Backstreet Cultural Museum 9/1. The Backstreet Cultural Museum is a repository of Mardi Gras Indian, Social Aid & Pleasure Club, jazz funeral, and second line parade memorabilia. It is lo... Read more

Video: Betty Shirley, "Backwater Blues"

Thu, 08/31/17
Legendary jazz vocalist Betty Shirley preforms at WWOZ on June 5, 2017 Read more

5 things to know for 8/25 - 8/31

Wed, 08/30/17
1. Boasting a collective of more than 80 New Orleans’ top arts groups all under one roof and in the largest venue the event has ever called home, Culture Collision 9 will have something for everyone. Attendees will find the ultimate experience of artistic celebration and sc... Read more

Diggin in the Crates - August 29

Tue, 08/29/17
Authored by Murf Reeves
  Ibibio Sound Machine   I have been inundated with so much great music recently, I needed some time to digest before slinging the jams for ya'll.  First of all, thanks to Twist and Shout Records in Denver, their selections, and friendly staff made it easy to dig for the... Read more

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