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Music And Technology Collide At Collision 2016

Fri, 04/22/16
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
As if there isn’t enough going on during Jazz Fest 2016, in New Orleans the worlds of technology and music are set to collide, in a friendly way, at third annual and aptly named Collision 2016, a burgeoning technology conference and networking event. Previously held in Las... Read more


Fri, 04/22/16
Authored by Bill DeTurk
Good Morning Music Lovers!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year; no Andy Williams, not Christmas, Day 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet! Today: Depending on exactly how fired up you want to s... Read more

Jazz Fest Live Broadcast, April 22

Fri, 04/22/16
Authored by David Stafford
Here's our Jazz Fest live broadcast plan for today, Friday, April 22.12:20 - 1:10: Shannon Powell from the Blues Tent 1:30 - 2:30: Jason Marsalis from the Jazz Tent 2:50 - 3:45: Matt Lemmler presents Music of Stevie Wonder with Brian Blade from the Jazz Tent 4:10 - 5:25: Ge... Read more

5 things to know for 4/22

Fri, 04/22/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
'5 things to know' is a weekly feature highlighting different parts of the WWOZ world that you may have missed this week, including unique WWOZ programming and video, plus New Orleans events, artists, places, features, and more. For the week ending April 22, 2016-- so much ... Read more

George Clinton & P-Funk Takeover of Jazz Fest 2016 - Sunday, April 24

Thu, 04/21/16
Authored by Soul Sister
As a Funkateer of several years, I'm excited to share the following events happening this weekend, the first weekend of Jazz Fest. Both on Sunday, April 24 - one in the daytime and one in the night. Twice the fun(K)! -soul sister Daytime interview: Stumptown Coffee Roaste... Read more

Piano Night 2016 honoree: Allen Toussaint

Wed, 04/20/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
At each Piano Night, WWOZ selects a special honoree, a keeper of the New Orleans piano tradition flame; someone who has been highly influential in New Orleans music and the New Orleans style. There are few more influential than our 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Al... Read more

Rusty Nail Hosts Benefit For Senior Center Featuring Mia Borders

Tue, 04/19/16
Authored by Mark LaMaire
Based in the Carrollton neighborhood, The Uptown Shepherd Senior Center is a vital resource for the elderly population of New Orleans.  They will be hosting a casual benefit at The Rusty Nail (1100 Constance St. in the Wharehouse District) on Thursday, April 21 from 4-6.  M... Read more

New music spotlight: Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses

Tue, 04/19/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
More beautiful music from Aurora Nealand, this time with her group the Royal Roses. Their latest album, Comeback Children, is some quintessential New Orleans porch listening music. It opens with controlled chaos on the wild and beautiful 'Jump For Joy' and 'Joshua Fit The B... Read more

Jazz Fest after-shows

Mon, 04/18/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
It's always a good time for live music in New Orleans but the weekends of Jazz Fest and the days surrounding it are always especially ripe with amazing acts. Here are just a few of my personal picks for Jazz Fest after shows, day-by-day. For full listings, see our Livewire ... Read more

Piano Night artist feature: Marcia Ball

Sun, 04/17/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
"Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry..her songs ring with emotional depth." - Rolling Stone "A sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist... where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet" - USA Today Grammy nominee Marcia Ball i... Read more

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