WWOZ Tricentennial Music Moments

In 2018, New Orleans is celebrating 300 years. In honor of this milestone, we're featuring Tricentennial Music Moments, on-air and online, all year long. Learn more about the stories and people that have shaped the Crescent City.

Mahalia Jackson: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sun, 11/11/18
Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, and grew up singing in church, at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in the Black Pearl neighborhood uptown. As a teenager she left the city, but her remarkable voice will be forever woven into its music and history. Read more

The Meters and the birth of funk: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 10/06/18
Through their own recordings and then on other people’s albums, The Meters' danceable New Orleans sound helped launch and define the funk genre in the early 1970s. And New Orleans music was never the same again. Read more

The Beatles play City Park and meet Fats Domino: Tricentennial Music Moment

Fri, 09/14/18
It was a hot day in September 1964 when the Beatles took to the stage in City Park-- and screaming fans from around the Gulf area greeted them. But the Beatles themselves were more excited to meet one of their heroes: Fats Domino. Read more

Lil Hardin Armstrong: Tricentennial Music Moment

Tue, 07/31/18
Louis Armstrong may have never become a household name if not for the ambitions of his second wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong-- a supremely talented musician in her own right. She was a member of the Hot Five and Hot Seven, and composed a number of their biggest hits. Read more

New Orleans Musicians Clinic opens its doors: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sun, 07/15/18
In the 1990s, somebody decided it was time to do something about the health issues plaguing New Orleans musicians and culture bearers. On May 1, 1998, the doors opened for the unparalleled New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Read more

Harold Battiste + AFO Records: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 07/07/18
All For One Records (AFO) was a collective label, completely owned by New Orleanian African-American musicians, including Harold Battiste, Chuck Badie, Alvin Red Tyler, Melvin Lastie, and more. They set up shop at the corner of Claiborne and Orleans Avenues in 1961. Read more

Clifton Chenier's Zydeco Road: Tricentennial Music Moment

Thu, 06/14/18
Clifton Chenier recorded over two dozen zydeco albums, toured the world, performed at nearly every Jazz Fest in New Orleans, won Grammys, and more. All because he took a chance and decided to get in that rickety old car with his band in 1954. Read more

The Heritage Fair: Tricentennial Music Moment

Mon, 04/30/18
George Wein, Quint Davis, and Allison Miner had a vision for the first Heritage Fair, of a festival that was uniquely New Orleanian, a place where the best of New Orleans culture was gathered together in a way everyone could experience. Read more

Jazz Fest begins on the S.S. President: April 22, 1970

Tue, 04/24/18
Most people think of Congo Square when they think of the first Jazz Fest. But the first event of the first Jazz Fest was actually somewhere else— on the last sidewheel steamboat in America, on the Mississippi, the night of April 22, 1970. Read more

1983: French Quarter Fest is born

Wed, 04/11/18
The first French Quarter Fest lasted three days and took place on six stages on Bourbon Street and near Jackson Square. Performers included Allen Toussaint, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Luther Kent, Connie Jones, and Chris Owens. Read more

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