There probably aren’t many people who have not felt the effects of this global pandemic. While we must make it clear that we have a lot more to worry about both locally and globally than festivals being canceled, it still was sad when Jazz Fest time rolled around, and we aren’t all heading to the fairgrounds. It’s weekends, events, and times like Jazz Fest that make New Orleans one of the greatest people in the world. It’s a time where we can come together and celebrate the culture, music, and people that make our neck of the woods so unique. Luckily, we have a way to still do that this year!
Thanks to the fine folks at WWOZ, you can still Jazz Fest wherever you are! On April 23-26 and April 30-May 3 from 11am – 7pm each day, you can hear classic broadcasts of the concerts that made you fall in love with the festival. Listen on 90.7FM or WWWOZ.org for acts that include Dr. John, Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler, Marcia Ball, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, and may more. You can also hear the extremely rare “Fire Benefit” from 1974 featuring Professor Longhair, the Wild Magnolias, and Dr. John. There will also be interviews highlighting all the amazing food, art, and culture that make Jazz Fest so world-renowned. Check out WWOZ’s lineup cubes below.
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No matter where you are, Happy Jazz Fest!