'OZone Email Newsletter for May 2023


Midnite Disturbers

In the MAY 2023 Issue of the 'OZone,
WWOZ's monthly newsletter:
Jazz Fest 2023 Thank-Yous | "Best of" Jazz Fest Photos | Save the Date: FRIDAY September 1 for the WWOZ Groove Gala | Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Concert Series | Summer Fun: Festivals & Events | Volunteer Profile: Duane Williams | Recipe: Crawfish Cracked Potatoes | Quick Links

More 'OZ: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Listen Live | Support 'OZ

Cha Wa

Cha Wa at Jazz Fest.
Photo by Michele Goldfarb

Jazz Fest 2023 Thank-Yous

Thank you to everyone who made Jazz Fest 2023 a giant success for WWOZ! On each day of the festival, our committed staff, show hosts, and volunteers worked at our will call booth, took photos, dished up Mango Freeze, staffed our hospitality tent, and, of course, produced our live broadcasts. Speaking of which, you can still hear second weekend sets on our Two Week Archive, but they begin expiring on Thursday, May 18, and they'll all be gone by the evening of Sunday, May 21.

» Second Weekend Sets on the Archive

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty.
Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

"Best of" Jazz Fest Photos

A huge shout out to our volunteer photographers, who helped us capture and share so many memorable moments at both Jazz Fest and Piano Night. Check out the music, the food, and the atmosphere in the work of Louis Crispino, Michele Goldfarb, Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Katherine Johnson, Sarah Kehoe, MJ Mastrogiovanni, Leon Morris, Marc PoKempner, Tom Pumphret, Demian Roberts, Bill Sasser, Charlie Steiner, Jamell Tate, and Michael White. We have 100+ shots from Piano Night and many hundreds more from the 2023 edition of the world's greatest music festival. Enjoy!

» Best of Jazz Fest Photos *** First Weekend Photos *** Second Weekend Photos *** Piano Night Photos.

Irma Thomas & WWOZs Dee Lindsey

Irma Thomas & WWOZ's Dee Lindsey at the Groove Gala.
Photo by Beth Arroyo Utterback

Save the Date: FRIDAY September 1 for the WWOZ Groove Gala

For your Labor Day weekend planning, WWOZ's Groove Gala will happen on Friday, September 1 (instead of on a Thursday, as in previous years). An indoor festival at Tableau Restaurant and Le Petit Theatre in the French Quarter, the Groove Gala features an amazing music lineup and tons of delicious food. It's not your average gala: leave your tuxes and gowns at home and come in your favorite festival attire!

» Photos from the 2022 Groove Gala


Photo by Louis Crispino

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Concert Series

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Concert Series. Shows will happen during three weekends in June, with shows indoors at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on June 2-3, June 9-10, and June 16-17. WWOZ will live video stream these events. Stay tuned for the artist lineup, soon to be announced.

» Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Concert Series

Takin It to the Streets  


Boyfriend plays the Boogaloo on 5/19.
Photo by Leon Morris

Summer Fun: Festivals & Events

Just because "Festival Season" is over doesn't mean you can't keep festing all summer long! Coming up: Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo on the shores of Bayou St John this weekend, May 19-21, and the New Orleans Greek Festival the next weekend. For more, check out our list of Summer Festivals and Events, our first such compilations since 2019 and much altered by the pandemic + Hurricanes Laura and Ida. As with all Louisiana summertime festing, remember: you're not sweating, you're glowing.

» Summer Fun: Festivals & Events, 2023 edition

Duane Williams

Duane Williams at WWOZ.
Photo by Michele Goldfarb

Volunteer Profile: Duane Williams

New Orleans native Duane Williams' lifelong connection to WWOZ is a family affair. The host of "What’s New" (Sundays, 10pm-Midnight) elaborates: "There’s this constant love and respect for the city among listeners, volunteers, and staff. It's extremely personal." Duane’s worn many hats at OZ, first as a volunteer, later as staff member on the development team, and, since 2014, as a show host. What makes OZ so special? "The simple answer: the fact that it IS. You have all these people coming together to make it happen. There’s nothing else like it."

» Full Profile by Melissa Milton

Crawfish Cracked Potatoes


Recipe: Crawfish Cracked Potatoes

Nothing says NOLA like crawfish! This recipe features tasty tails (you can use fresh or frozen), crispy air-fried potatoes and a cayenne-cheddar mornay sauce, giving a perfect bite every time. It comes to us from Chef/Owner Brian Landry of Jack Rose in the Lower Garden District.

» Recipe: Crawfish Cracked Potatoes

Support WWOZ  

WWOZ Quick Links

Click to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

WWOZ Elsewhere on the Web: Follow 'OZ on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & YouTube.

Pledge/Renew Now: Support WWOZ—and the music you love!

WWOZ broadcasts from  the French Market on the banks of the Mississippi.

Air time: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - 8:45am

Get the 'OZone monthly newsletter
facebook logo
Like us on Facebook
Volunteer at WWOZ
Hear it here!