Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

In Memoriam: Ronald W. Lewis

Fri, 03/20/20
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, has died at the age of 68. Lewis was a highly respected member of the New Orleans cultural community for decades.  Lewis started... Read more

1980 Parade: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 12/06/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
A second line parade at the Fairgrounds ca. 1980. Photo by Laura Fanguy courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  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 ... Read more

VIP Ladies & Kids: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 11/30/19
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's one young memb... Read more

1990s parade: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 09/21/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
A social and pleasure club member gets his photo taken before a parade in the mid-1990s. And check out the WWOZ Mango Freeze booth in the background! Photo from Ice Cube Slim, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary ... 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

Dumaine Street Gang: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 08/29/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dumaine Street Gang in the WWOZ Hospitality Tent in 2011. Photo by Jef Jaisun. 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, ... Read more

Avenue Steppers: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 08/04/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Avenue Steppers Marching Club in 1987. Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  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 5... Read more

Young Men Olympians: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 07/31/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Young Men Olympians in the early 2000s. Photo by Ice Cube Slim, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  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 Fe... Read more

Interview with Ben "Da Grill Man" Smith

Tue, 07/23/19
Hear the interview with Ben "Da Grill Man" Smith as he sits down and talks with WWOZ's Action Jackson about parades in the 1960s, the Jolly Bunch, what's on the grill, the seasonal nature of his business, his idea for including the second line community in the national even... Read more

Family Ties: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 07/21/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Family Ties parade at the Fairgrounds in 2005. Photo by Leon Morris. 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 c... Read more

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