When planning a trip to New Orleans, most visitors look forward to indulging in amazing food and listening to some truly exceptional live music. Not only is NOLA regarded as the birthplace, circa the late 19th century, of jazz, but the city has also maintained and expanded upon its diverse, ever-evolving auditory offerings over the past century-plus. This venerable institution crowns the to-do list of NOLA visitors and residents alike. Easily accessible in the heart of the French Quarter, the intimate club hosts rollicking, brassy jazz performances almost every night of the year.
House of Blues
Music is indisputably the heartbeat of New Orleans, but the best bars for live music go so much deeper than brass bands and jazz. Looking for a place to shoot whiskey while listening to metal and eating borscht? Bopping around between New Orleans music venues, drink in hand, is the perfect way to explore the city. From Monday night red beans blues acts to the dapper, venerable elder statesman of the joint, Little Freddie King, the lineup is always sure to please. A diminutive building just off of Broad Street and surrounded by nothing in particular, this juke joint spotlights some of the most talented local acts seven days a week. They also boast a fairly impressive beer selection, including a good number of local or regional breweries. Circle Bar brings out the best in people. The neon-colored murals on this Freret St. Inside, electronic and new wave bands jam so hard that the small space seems to vibrate. With a half-dozen specialty beers on tap and some fine top shelf brown liquor, Gasa Gasa makes a shot and a beer seem almost hoity-toity.
For Businesses. Write a Review. See all. Lower Ninth Ward. Music: Live. Yes it's crowded at night but great jazz , nice bartenders, and a dang good time. French Quarter. East Riverside.
I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South — Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas — and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. New Orleans is home to a rich musical tradition. Blues, funk, jazz, zydeco, rock 'n' roll, country — the city can claim at least some responsibility for just about every genre of American music.