Tuesday, December 7, 2010

WWOZ's 30th Birthday Bash and Second Line Extravaganza

Fans of the WWOZ boogied down all night for the New Orleans' heralded local, independent radio station that celebrated 30 years on the air playing all traditional jazz and heritage music on December 4. The event, sponsored by Let's Be Totally Clear, served up top local stars who paid tribute to WWOZ last Saturday night at its birthplace, Tipitina's Uptown. During the early days of WWOZ, the station operated out of the upstairs beer storage room at Tipitina's, where the DJ would drop a microphone through the floor and send the live music below straight to the airwaves. The birthday bash showcased live music by Theresa Andersson, Kirk Joseph, John "Papa" Gros, Willie Green and Shamarr Allen. DJ Soul Sister kept the partying going by between each set playing a variety of New Orleans musical flavors. Earlier that day, WWOZ turned out the French Quarter with a second line led by the Treme Brass Band, the Camel Toe Lady Steppers, the New Wave Brass Band, the TBC Brass Band, Black Men of Labor and Mardi Gras Indians through the Marigny and French Quarter, disbanding in the French Market. View photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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