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Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival 2017

Wed, 01/04/17
The Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival returns Thursday, January 12 to Sunday, January 15. This annual festival is held each January in honor of the late Danny Barker's birthday on the 13th. WWOZ will be broadcasting and video streaming live from the opening night of the... Read more

New music spotlight: Mahalia Jackson

Tue, 01/03/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
A new release from Mahalia Jackson features 11 previously unheard tracks discovered through research at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Moving On Up A Little Higher was released by Shanachie Records in late September 2016 and produced by Anthony Heilbut, a respected re... Read more

Poppa Stoppa records w/Neil Pellegrin Jan. 3, 7-10p

Tue, 01/03/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Listen in 7-10p tonight (Tuesday, January 3) as host Neil Pellegrin welcomes Andre Labat, the current owner of a portion of Poppa Stoppa's record collection, to our airwaves. Labat currently holds a bundle of 45s and 4-track broadcast tapes originally owned by the legendary... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 12/30/16

Sat, 12/31/16
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    man from wareika    rico    03:19    man from wareika    2016/12/30 21:59:11 2    Border Song (Holy Moses)    Aretha Franklin    03:21    Queen Of Soul - The Atlantic Recordings [Disc 3]    2016/12/30 22:02:41 3    I Won't Back Down    Roy Tyler & New Directions    03:1... Read more

5 things to know for 12/30-1/5

Fri, 12/30/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
Happy New Year!!! 1) Check out our Livewire Music Calendar or Livewire iPhone app for all of the great shows happening around town on New Year's Eve and New Years Day. Our top pick is Foundation of Funk and Dumpstaphunk at the Joy Theater. Ring in 2017 in fully funkified f... Read more

Lady Rollers with Hot 8 on Christmas Day

Wed, 12/28/16
Lady & Men Rollers stepped out on Sunday, December 25 for their annual second line parade and WWOZ was there to catch the scene. Christmas in New Orleans, baby! Read more

New music spotlight: Thomas Pol

Tue, 12/27/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
University of New Orleans Distinguished Musical Scholarship recipient and bassist Thomas Pol features a collection of original compositions and collaboration on his new release, In America. The album features three different groups that engage the listener in a well thought... Read more

Michael Torregano, Sr. 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'

Sat, 12/24/16
Michael Torregano, Sr. stopped by our studio with some festive cheer on December 15. See his lively performance of the holiday classic, 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.' Merry Christmas! Read more

Mahalia Jackson 'Silent Night'

Sat, 12/24/16
No one does 'Silent Night' better than the Queen of Gospel. Check out this incredibly moving performance of 'Silent Night.' Read more

Calvin Johnson + Albinas Prizgintas 'Christmastime Is Here'

Fri, 12/23/16
On Thursday, December 15, we welcomed a number of musicians into our studio to perform live on the air between 7 and 10p. Calvin Johnson and Albinas Prizgintas presented a lovely short Christmas set in anticipation of their Christmas concert at Trinity Church the following ... Read more

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