I was born and raised in New Orleans, but the city still constantly surprises me with pockets of tradition tucked away in every neighborhood, church, bar, social club, and krewe. And every year, we celebrate our multiple personalities with that ultimate homage we call Mardi Gras.
It's not just Bourbon Street or the corner of Second and Dryades — our Carnival tableau is filled with unique versions of Mardi Gras. I invite the 'OZilian nation to fan out into every crook and cranny of the city and send us your photos of gangs, krewes, wandering spasm bands, and other deranged manifestations of our Collective Self. And for those of you in exile, I have faith that you are creating your own special Fat Tuesday disturbances wherever you are, and we want you to send us your pixel-ations too. There's even a contest and a prize involved. See details below.
Through the magic of our web stream, let's all link up in this global Mardi Gras second-line — where we can, just for one magical moment, impose New Orleans' special brand of madness upon the rest of the planet.
Yours in marabou and flambeaux,
We're always asking for your love, but today we're showing our love for 'OZone subscribers by giving you a sneak peek at our shiny new high-quality web stream. It's our latest way of bringing you our unique New Orleans programming on the internet — now with clearer 128 Kbps sound in MP3 format! Help us keep the service running smooth by letting us know what device you're listening on by filling out our on-line survey, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble accessing the stream.
'Tis the season . . . to eat king cake, drink hurricanes, and be merry into the wee hours. Let 'OZ be your Mardi Gras soundtrack with our special Carnival shows and live broadcasts, and get the scoop on Mardi Gras events at WWOZ.org in our forums and on our show host blog.
There are as many different visions of Mardi Gras as there are beads at a parade. We want you to go out and capture them on camera and send those images in to us at email@example.com by February 27. Then we'll post them on WWOZ.org, and listeners will be able to vote for their favorite photo online. The winner gets a pair of Ultimate Ears super.fi 4 earphones — perfect for listening to our new stream!
Be sure to tune into WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans or WWOZ.org on Friday, February 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. for a special broadcast of world-renowned trumpeter and composer Gabriel Alegria performing live in the studio with his Afro-Peruvian Sextet.
George Ingmire's new audio documentary series, "New Orleans All the Way Live," is about musicians like Kermit Ruffins, John Boutté, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and many others. The series will begin airing March 3 on WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans and online at WWOZ.org, and is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.
Show your love for 'OZ this Valentine's Day. Pledge on-line and donate at least $40 by midnight on Saturday, February 14, and we’ll send you a Basin Street Records Mardi Gras Sampler CD, in addition to any other thank-you gifts you select. The Mardi Gras Sampler CD features stunning live tracks by Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Irvin Mayfield, and more.
Celebrate Valentine's Day by giving your sweetie a Brass Pass! Brass Passes get you entry and re-entry to all seven days of Jazz Fest, as well as access to the 'OZ hospitality tent. A portion of your Brass Pass is tax-deductible, and your support helps keep 'OZ going strong. Call us at 504-568-1239 or buy online.
Just a quick reminder to get your raffle tickets for the WWOZ Vespa LX-150, which has been autographed by dozens of New Orleans' brightest stars, including Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins, and more. Check out our pictures of the artists signing this very special scooter, donated by Transportation Revolution.
This one comes to us from D.I.'s Restaurant in Basile, Louisiana. It makes 2-3 servings from 2 catfish filets and a pound of crawfish tails, and it's a great way to butter up your sweetie on Valentine's Day. If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz09, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.
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