Dear Guardians of the Groove,
We are thinking of you and sending our best wishes!
Here is a very special announcement we hope will lift your spirits.
Pull out your festival shirts, hats, flags, chairs and get ready to celebrate the best of New Orleans music from your backyard, your front porch or your air-conditioned living room-anywhere in the world!
WWOZ will broadcast for 8 days-8 hours each 11am-7pm, the same days and hours as the originally-scheduled Jazz Fest!
April 23-26 and April 30-May 3
We’re even creating our own special cubes highlighting the schedule which will include some of the best performances in the history of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Dr. John * Fats Domino * The Neville Brothers * Irma Thomas* Allen Toussaint* Henry Butler * Marcia Ball * Preservation Hall Jazz Band * Mardi Gras Indians * Trombone Shorty * Kermit Ruffins * John Boutte *The Radiators * Big Freedia * Ernie K-Doe * Ellis Marsalis * Danny Barker * The Rebirth Brass Band *Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band-and many other Jazz, Blues, Cajun and Zydeco artists.
We’ll also be airing the rarely heard “Fire Benefit” from 1974 featuring Professor Longhair, the Wild Magnolias and Dr. John.
The 8-day broadcast will also include interview segments highlighting the music, food, crafts and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana to give the feeling of a wide-reaching cultural festival. We will also be sharing recipes for some of your favorite Jazz Fest cuisine, and also help you connect with local festival food and craft vendors.
We’ll ask YOU — Ozillians from around the world — to share pictures of your “Festing in Place” outposts as well as your festival fashions and food as we gather virtually to stay connected!
Special thanks to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Yours in the Groove,
Beth Arroyo Utterback,
WWOZ General Manager