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.

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

Fats Domino's big break: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 04/07/18
From the Lower 9th Ward, Fats conquered the world and changed the future, with a fresh new rhythm and sound from New Orleans that became rock'n'roll. Read more

Sidney Bechet makes his debut: Tricentennial Music Moment

Wed, 04/04/18
Like so many New Orleans musicians, the legendary clarinet and sax player Sidney Bechet followed a family member into a life in music. But Sidney’s musical debut started out at a surprise party -- with more than one surprise. Read more

Louis Prima's Sheik of Araby: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 03/17/18
Louis Prima in a nutshell. Enjoy life, act like you’re up to no good, throw in a little innuendo, and turn something serious into a barrel of laughs. His style came from growing up in New Orleans and it was the secret of his success. Read more

Irma Thomas: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 02/17/18
In 1959, Irma Thomas was working as a waitress at the Pimlico Club in Central City, where they called her "the waitress who could sing." Read more

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