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Shallow Water: Mardi Gras Indian Stories

Fri, 02/24/17

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

5 things to know for 2/24-3/2

Fri, 02/24/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) Let the good times roll; it's Mardi Gras time!!!! Tons of parades and raucous action to come between now and Tuesday. WWOZ is also spinning plenty of Mardi Gras music so tune in! Check out our recent Mardi Gras Indian coverage, as well.  2) WWOZ's video team is hitting ... Read more

Mardi Gras song profile: 'Handa Wanda'

Thu, 02/23/17
In this series, we're featuring classic Mardi Gras songs and the stories behind them. This episode delves into Wilson 'Willie Tee' Turbinton's and Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias song 'Handa Wanda' through conversations with the men, now both deceased. In 1969,... Read more

Mardi Gras Song Profile: 'New Suit'

Wed, 02/22/17
In this series, we're featuring classic Mardi Gras songs and the stories behind them. This episode delves into Wilson 'Willie Tee' Turbinton's and Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias' song 'New Suit' through conversations with the writers, now both deceased. The men... Read more

Photo highlights from Mardi Gras 2017

Wed, 02/22/17
Parades have rolled and there are plenty more to come! Check out these photo highlights from 'tit Rex, Krewe du Vieux, and krewedelusion 2017. We'll share more as we get them! Read more

Ernie K-Doe w/Allen Toussaint & friends

Wed, 02/22/17
There is none other! Ernie K-Doe joins Allen Toussaint and friends onstage in 1992 for 'A Certain Girl,' 'T'Ain't It The Truth,' and 'Mother-In-Law.' All three of these songs were penned by Toussaint and performed by K-Doe at one point in his career or another, the most fam... Read more

Talking Professor Longhair + Mardi Gras history on today's New Orleans Music Show 11a-2p

Wed, 02/22/17

Happy birthday, Ernie K-Doe

Wed, 02/22/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Remembering the late, great Ernie K-Doe on his birthday! He would've been 84 today. Burn K-Doe Burn!!! Listen to a clip from his 1980s WWOZ show below.  Read more

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