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. A relative newcomer to the scene, The Three Muses opened in and quickly distinguished itself not only for holding its own when its comes to heavy hitting musical acts—hosting lively performances of hot jazz, country and western and piano—but also for its superb food and drink offerings. Dive into a plate of bistro-inflected fare, such as beer-braised pork belly, grab a house cocktail such as the Spaghetti Western bourbon, Campari, rosemary syrup , and soak in the good vibes. This Frenchmen charmer kicks the evening off with early afternoon performances of live local music. The tiny, softly lit bar is mostly standing room, but still manages to pack in area favorites such as the six-member jazz band the Cottonmouth Kings and Miss Sophie Lee, a jazz crooner and co-owner of nearby The Three Muses.
The Spotted Cat Music Club
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. Making a move to the Crescent City for a taste of live music, but in a jam as to where you should go? Here's a look at a sextet comprised of some of the best music venues in the world which all happen to be located in New Orleans. Among the many Frenchmen Street bars and venues featuring performances is the Apple Barrel, where there's live jazz and blues every night of the week.
Indoor live music has returned to New Orleans with a number of restrictions under the city's Phased Reopening Plan. You can read more about the safety measures that are being taken here. While we work to update our live music calendar, we encourage you to visit Offbeat Magazine and WWOZ for their up-to-date information on where to find live performances throughout the city. Climb aboard Steamboat Natchez for a Jazz Cruise complete with dinner or brunch.
Beth says, Don't leave New Orleans without eating a barbecued shrimp po'boy at Liuzza's at the Track. The power of live music to make people happy is on full display at every single New Orleans night club. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that New Orleans does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the classic venues like Preservation Hall, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like One Eyed Jacks , which is known for its eclectic music offerings. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the French Quarter area, terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout New Orleans neighborhoods. Frenchmen Street in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans is a must see to catch street music and a diverse line up of clubs. On any night of the week , within a two-block stretch, you can second line down the street with a brass band, catch a reggae groove at Cafe Negril and swing dance at the Spotted Cat.