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Video: Twelfth Night 2020

Wed, 01/08/20
WWOZ video was in the streets for Twelfth Night, the official start of the 2020 Carnival season, on Monday, January 6! Check out this video featuring festivities at the Bywater Bakery's king cake kickoff, the Big Chief Tootie Montana celebration at Congo Square, Joan of Arc... Read more

Video: honoring Big Chief Tootie Montana

Mon, 01/06/20
Earlier today, Black Masking Indians chanted in honor of Big Chief Tootie Montana, the "Chief of Chiefs," in front of his statue in Congo Square/Louis Armstrong Park. His family invited the public to this celebration of his life and the opening of Carnival season. Read more

Young Guardians of the Flame '10: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 11/26/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
This week on our Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day series, we're highlighting the next generation! Kids have always been a part of Jazz Fest, and there's even a dedicated Kids Area and Tent with performances, food, opportunities to create art, and more. Here are the Young Gu... Read more

Interview with Eric Burt

Sat, 11/09/19
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson sits down with Eric Burt to discuss the recent passing of his mother, Kichea S. Burt, Carnival time, Super Sunday when he was a boy, Jerome Smith's lasting impacts on the Indian and social and pleasure club communities, ... Read more

Big Queen Laurita Dollis: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 11/01/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Big Queen Laurita Dollis at Jazz Fest 2006. Photo by Black Mold. In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and at our Jazz Fest 50 page, all year long to see them, plus more celeb... Read more

Interview with Big Chief Donald Harrison

Wed, 10/23/19
Action Jackson sits down with Big Chief Donald Harrison to discuss their lengthy history (they've known each other since boyhood!), as well as Harrison's lengthy resume. Harrison talks about his early music education and how that influences his teaching now, playing with Le... Read more

Interview: Spy Boy Charlie Tenner

Tue, 10/01/19
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson sits down with Spy Boy Charlie Tenner of Comanche Hunters. Spy Boy Charlie shares the differences between the Indians masking now and those "back in the day," who often had weapons as part of their suits, the job of a Sp... Read more

Interview: Spy Boy Ricky Getteridge

Sat, 09/21/19
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson sits down with Spy Boy Ricky Getteridge. They discuss coming up at 2008 Marigny St. (home of the Monogram Hunters in the 1960s), his first time masking with the Yellow Pocahontas under Big Chief Tootie Montana, the diffe... Read more

Interview: Ronald W. Lewis

Thu, 08/15/19
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson talks with Ronald W. Lewis, founder of the Original Big Nine Social and Pleasure Club, and director of the House of Dance & Feathers in the Lower 9th Ward. Lewis shares his experiences masking in the 1980s and 1990s, wha... Read more

Big Chief Juan & Jockimo's Groove: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 08/31/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
A young drummer with Big Chief Juan & Jockimo's Groove at Jazz Fest on May 4, 2019. Photo by Jamell Tate. In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and at our Jazz Fest 50 page, ... Read more

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