15 YEARS OF AMERICAN ROUTES
American Routes, the weekly nationally-
syndicated public radio program devoted to music and musicians, stories and cultures from New Orleans, the Gulf
South and America beyond is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary with a blockbuster concert and dance at the Rock
‘n’ Bowl in New Orleans on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
The event, presented by American Routes host Nick Spitzer, will be recorded for later network broadcast the week of
July 4th. The show will feature the Tremé Brass Band, the Lost Bayou Ramblers Cajun band, and a cavalcade of New
Orleans R&B and soul heroes, including Irma Thomas, Robert “Barefootin’” Parker and Walter “Wolfman” Washington,
as well as keyboard wizard Ivan Neville. The evening will be anchored by the impeccable pianist Jon Cleary and band.
The event is a fundraiser for American Routes. Launched in 1998 from its studios in a New Orleans’ French Quarter
bottling plant, American Routes started modestly with national carriage on only seven stations. The program now
reaches up to a half million listeners each week on over 270 stations nationwide and many more streaming on the
web. “Doing something as intangible as radio for fifteen years, with our eclectic mix of sounds, it seemed like a good
time to remember all the music and conversations we’ve had, from Cajun fiddlers and Mardi Gras Indians to Allen
Toussaint, George Jones and Nina Simone,” said host and founding producer Spitzer. “Having this musical line-up
with family, friends and fans in the house for a big show and dance at one of our favorite clubs is even better.”
Advance tickets for this memorable night of music are available for $20 at here, or at the door for $25. A VIP event ticket with
food, drink and a pre-concert meet and greet with the artists is available for $100.00. Information about the
American Routes 15th Anniversary show at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl can also be found at AmericanRoutes.wwno.org or www.rocknbowl.com/events/calendar/4.