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Tank & the Bangas win NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

Thu, 03/02/17
The career trajectory of New Orleans' Tank & the Bangas keeps on rising! On Mardi Gras morning, NPR announced that the group beat out over 6,000 other entries to win this year's Tiny Desk Contest, a competition whose past winners have included Gaelynn Lea, Fantastic Negrito... Read more

2017 Wednesday at the Square schedule

Thu, 03/02/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
The 18th annual Wednesday at the Square in Lafayette Square lineup is out! This regular springtime concert series features local artists and food and drink vendors. This year, due to high demand, an additional Tuesday date has been added for the week between Jazz Fest weeke... Read more

Video: CTC Steppers Second Line Parade

Thu, 03/02/17
The C.T.C. Steppers hit the streets for their annual second line parade on February 12, 2017 and WWOZ was on hand to capture the scene. Check out these highlights from the club and Da Truth Brass Band as they make their way down St. Claude Avenue.  Read more

Jazz Fest Community Outreach Tickets: app due Monday

Thu, 03/02/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation supports community involvement in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by distributing thousands of free tickets to the world–famous festival of local music and culture. As it has for many years, the Foundation’s Community Outr... Read more

Mardi Gras song profile: 'Street Parade'

Mon, 02/27/17
In this series, we're featuring classic Mardi Gras songs and the stories behind them. This episode delves into Earl King and The Meters' intimitable hit 'Street Parade,' a song with an interesting history and musicianship behind it. "Every time you listen to 'Street Parade... Read more

Mardi Gras song profile: 'Do Watcha Wanna'

Sun, 02/26/17
In this series, we're featuring classic Mardi Gras songs and the stories behind them. This episode delves into Rebirth Brass Band's most popular tune, 'Do Watcha Wanna,' with backstories from founding members Kermit Ruffins and Phil Frazier.  "All the neighborhood cats us... Read more

World Journey "Road March" 2017

Sat, 02/25/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    One Family (Antilles Riddim)    Alternative Quartet    04:01     2    High Mas    David Rudder    05:15    Soca 98 3    Gren-N Lamou    Marce' Et Tumpak    05:49    Zouk Chouv (Guad.) 4    Canto da Ema / All On a Mardi Gras Day (Featuring Cha Wa)    Nation Beat    04:4... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist Carnival 2017

Sat, 02/25/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    Iko Iko    Zap Mama    02:45    Mission Impossible 2    lil tipa-tina    the five swans    01:50    the music city story 3    Boogaloo_Mardi_Gras_Pt2    bobby willams    02:29    45 4    no no we eh goin home    Tambu    05:31     5    I Don't Wanna Go    The Spirit Of F... Read more

St. Joseph's Night and Super Sunday 2017

Fri, 02/24/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
"The legendary Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans can be seen in all their splendor on Fat Tuesday, the one day of the year they're allowed to run wild in the streets from dawn to dark. But there's another Crescent City holiday, celebrated every March 19th, that brings the I... Read more

Mardi Gras song profile: 'Indian Red'

Fri, 02/24/17
In this series, we're featuring classic Mardi Gras songs and the stories behind them. This episode delves into the Mardi Gras Indian classic, 'Indian Red,' a song with a storied history and a footnote as being one of the first Mardi Gras Indian recordings. In 1976, Big Chi... Read more

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