'OZone Email Newsletter for March 2024


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In the MARCH 2024 Issue of the 'OZone,
WWOZ's monthly newsletter:
Join us for Piano Night! | Pick Up Your Brass Pass | Spring Membership Drive Shout Outs | French Quarter Fest Broadcast | Congo Square Rhythms Festival | TONIGHT: Tom Dent Lecture | Uptown Super Sunday | On-Going: Wednesdays at the Square | Volunteer Profile: Jerry Lenaz | Recipe: Pan Con Tomate | Quick Links

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Jon Cleary

Jon Cleary.
Photo by Demian Roberts

Join us for Piano Night!

WWOZ's Piano Night benefit concert happens at the House of Blues on April 29, the Monday night between Jazz Fest weekends. Once again this year we'll have five-and-a-half hours of piano music on the Music Hall main stage, with a line up of nearly 30 piano players, including Bill Payne of Little Feat, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary, Terrance Simien with Danny Williams, Joe Krown, Lilli Lewis, Courtney Bryan, Kyle Roussel, Keiko Komaki, Oscar Rossignoli, Tom McDermott, and many more!

» Piano Night Tickets

Derek Smalls

Derek Smalls rocks a Brass Pass.
Photo by Charlie Steiner

Pick Up Your Brass Pass

If you bought a Brass Pass for Jazz Fest 2024 (thanks much!) and did not select the FedEx shipping option, you can pick it up according to the schedule and instructions at the link below. Pick up dates include April 12-14 during French Quarter Fest at Louisiana Music Factory, 11am-3pm, Friday-Sunday. Remember that we no longer do pick up at the station; the other pre-Jazz Fest pick up opportunities will be NOON-5pm April 18-19 and April 23-24 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation on North Rampart.

» How to Pick Up Your Brass Pass

» Get a Brass Pass for Jazz Fest 2024

Brass Band Hat

Brass Band Hat

Spring Membership Drive Shout Outs

Big thank-yous to everyone who helped make our just-concluded Spring Membership Drive a smashing success. First off, thanks to all WWOZ members, both new and renewing. Shout outs as well to our listeners, who comprise the world's most excellent audience, and a standing ovation for our Membership team, who made it all happen. Cheers to all the guardians of the groove!

» It's not too late to become a member!

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Bruce Sunpie Barnes

Bruce Sunpie Barnes.
Photo by Steve Rapport

French Quarter Fest Broadcast

Once again this year, WWOZ will be broadcasting live from French Quarter Festival, including from the Chevron Stage located in the Jax Brewery parking lot (which is to say, adjacent to our new home), as well as sets from several other stages! Tune in each day of the festival (Thursday, April 11-Sunday, April 14) to hear live performances from 11am-8pm CT. The broadcast will be anchored by some of your favorite WWOZ show hosts. Stay tuned for more details!

» French Quarter Fest music schedule

Alexey Marti

Alexey Marti Plays 3/23.
Photo by Leon Morris

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

The 2024 Congo Square Rhythms Festival happens March 23-24 in Armstrong Park, another free event from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. This festival celebrates dance and musical traditions from Africa, the Caribbean, the American Gulf South and beyond. There'll be two stages with performances by Alexey Marti and Corey Henry, drum circles, and LOTS of Brass Bands. The Class Got Brass competition among Louisiana middle & high school band takes place at the festival on Saturday, March 23. WWOZ will be broadcasting live from the festival both days, with brass band sets and more, and we'll also be streaming video on our Facebook page and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's YouTube channel.

» Congo Square Rhythms Festival

The festival weekend gets started Friday evening with a concert by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Get tickets at the link below, or watch the video stream on our Facebook page and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's YouTube channel.

» Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles concert tickets

Big Chief Victor Harris

Big Chief Victor Harris in 2019.
Photo by Louis Crispino

TONIGHT: 2024 Tom Dent Lecture

Join us online as we live video stream from the 2024 Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture. The event happens Wednesday, March 20 and celebrates the legacy of Big Chief Victor Harris who, after 48 years of masking, has decided to pass the torch to his son, Victor Harris, Jr. See the stream on WWOZ's Facebook page and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's YouTube channel

» 2024 Tom Dent Lecture

Red Cheyenne

Red Cheyenne at Uptown Super Sunday.
Photo by MJ Mastrogiovanni

Uptown Super Sunday

Uptown Super Sunday (the first of three "Super Sunday" celebrations that happen each year in New Orleans) is a gathering of Black Masking Indian Tribes celebrating their heritage and culture in a magnificent display of hand-sewn suits, singing, dancing and chanting. The event is free and open to the public. It happens on Sunday, March 24 in-and-around A.L. Davis Park at Washington & LaSalle in Central City.

» Uptown Super Sunday

Big Easy Cruise  

Jelly Joseph

Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph plays with TBC Brass Band on 4/3.
Photo by Louis Crispino

On-Going: Wednesdays at the Square

Upcoming shows at YLC Wednesday at the Square include Flow Tribe on March 20, TBC Brass Band with Jelly Joseph on April 3, and Erica Falls & The Vintage Soul on April 10. YLC Wednesday at the Square is a free concert series in the heart of New Orleans' Central Business District; proceeds from food and beverage sales benefit the Young Leadership Council’s community projects. Concerts take place Wednesdays, 5-8pm. The series runs through May 8, and concludes with a show by the Lost Bayou Ramblers.

» YLC Wednesday at the Square

Jerry Lenaz

Jerry on the mic.
Photo by Olivia Greene

Volunteer Profile: Jerry Lenaz

This month we profile long-term volunteer Jerry Lenaz, who, by his own reckoning, has recorded some 1,000 Livewires, our daily listing of which musicians are playing where around town. According to Jerry, “What makes OZ so special as a community radio station, the reason why it’s so different, is that the people involved with the radio station are the people who are living and breathing it on the streets. It’s not controlled by one person, but by all the different voices of volunteers, not just the show hosts but people like me and you who say, ‘I want to get involved in this thing,’ and it becomes a self-fueling thing. You really do get a very authentic sense of what New Orleans is through the medium of radio.” Read the rest of Jerry's profile at the link below.

» Jerry Lenaz, Encyclopedia of the Air Waves

Pan Con Tomate

Pan Con Tomate

Recipe: Pan Con Tomate

This month's recipe comes to us from Chef Kathryn Searcy at Costera, a coastal Spanish restaurant and bar located at Prytania & Robert Sts. Pan Con Tomate is a classic tapa and makes simple & elegant appetizer/Happy Hour finger food. The list of ingredients is relatively short and the techniques simple, so the quality of the ingredients really matters.

» Recipe: Pan Con Tomate

Crawfish Bread  

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