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In Memoriam: Kerry "Fatman" Hunter

Thu, 02/15/24
New Orleans drummer Kerry "Fatman" Hunter has died, at the age of 53.  Hunter was hit by a drunk driver while walking near the corner of Claiborne and Elysian Fields around midnight on Mardi Gras Day.  Hunter was a prolific musician. As a member of the New Orleans Nightcraw... Read more

It's Carnival Time! Volunteer Profiles: Gerald French & Missy Bowen

Wed, 02/14/24
--Written by Melissa Milton Gerald French Everywhere else, it's just another Tuesday. Nowhere else are the days from Twelfth Night, January 6, to Fat Tuesday, whenever that moving holiday falls, the kind of magical celebration that they are here in New Orleans. For Gerald... Read more

Photos: Mardi Gras 2024

Wed, 02/14/24
A few photo highlights from a beautiful Mardi Gras Day 2024! Read more

Mardi Gras 2024 on WWOZ

Mon, 02/12/24
Authored by Carrie Booher
Tune in to WWOZ for the sounds of Mardi Gras! Listen at 90.7 FM locally or at anywhere. Here's the programming schedule for the next couple days: LUNDI GRAS 6-9am Ol' Man River special Carnival show 9-11am Traditional Jazz with Dan Meyer 11am-2pm New Orleans Music ... Read more

Video: Mardi Gras 2024

Sun, 02/11/24
From parades to concerts to Mardi Gras Indian practice and more, it's already been a wonderful Carnival 2024! Check out these highlights from the last couple weeks around New Orleans: Read more

LPO & Lost Bayou Ramblers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jr., PJ Morton win at 2024 Grammys

Mon, 02/05/24
Louisiana is on top of the Best Regional Roots Music Album at the Grammys this year! Congratulations to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Lost Bayou Ramblers, as well as Buckwheat Zydeco, Jr. & the Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band for their wins! The LPO with Lost Bay... Read more

Photos: Courir des Les Malfecteurs 2024

Sun, 02/04/24
This is Courir des Les Malfecteurs in Church Point, Louisiana on Saturday, January 27, 2024! The traditional courir—the French word for run—is led by the capitaine followed by costumed and masked participants on horseback, foot, or trailer. They make their pilgrimage, singi... Read more

"Best of the Beat" with Keith Hill

Wed, 01/31/24
Authored by Keith Hill
A wise man once said "expect the unexpected." While covering the annual OffBeat magazine Best of the Beat awards held last week. Honors were given to New Orleans locals who play music, support and educate the culture of New Orleans. When the award for lifetime achievement i... Read more

French Quarter Fest happens April 11-14, 2024

Wed, 01/24/24
Authored by Carrie Booher
The non-profit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) announce French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron, April 11-14, 2024! French Quarter Fest is the largest free festival and showcase of Louisiana music, food, and culture. The festival takes place across venues and sta... Read more

Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music series returns in March

Mon, 01/22/24
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the 2024 edition of Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music, a concert series featuring outstanding women vocalists at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center located at 1225 N. Rampart Stree... Read more

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