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NPR to Host New Orleans’ First Live Broadcast Since Katrina

New Orleans will see its first live national music broadcast since Hurricane Katrina on New Year’s Eve, as NPR broadcasts its 26th annual New Year’s Eve special, Toast of the Nation from the city’s famed nightclub Tipitina’s. The event will feature a number of local musicians who have not performed in their hometown since the hurricane hit in late August.

The special will originate in New Orleans beginning at 6 p.m. EST and will also feature performances in Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City, Portland, Ore., Sanibel Island, Fla. and Columbia, Mo. throughout the night.

Performing from Tipitina’s are local musicians the Hot 8 Brass Band and Galactic (pictured), while the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will perform from Washington’s Kennedy Center, New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler will perform from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet will perform on Sanibel Island, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra will perform in New York, singer Rene Marie in Columbia and Pink Martini in Portland.

The 12-hour special is part of NPR’s holiday programming line-up, which also includes specials Hanukkah Lights, Christmas from the World Café and A Car Talk Christmas Carol.

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