A Live Music Lover’s Guide to New OrleansBy Emily Hingle
New Orleans is a city that truly never sleeps; there are hundreds of bars teeming with intoxicating music that beckons you inside to dance. As some spicy jazz pours out of one live music venue in New Orleans, you can feel the booming drum from a brass combo just across the street. Here are the top four live music venues NOLA has to offer its guests.
This nearly 40-year-old live music venue in New Orleans was the home base of local music legend Professor Longhair. Since the famed blues singer’s reign, the venue has hosted a number of amazing shows — just take a look at the posters lining the walls and rafters. Going to see a band like The Radiators at Tipitina’s supports the musical community of New Orleans: Tipitina’s hosts free workshops and donates instruments to students through the Tipitina’s Foundation.
Oak Street may seem quiet at night, but just step inside Maple Leaf Bar’s band sticker-covered doors to be proven wrong. This decades-old live music hall in NOLA features a long bar and a separate concert venue with a stage that welcomes the world-renowned Rebirth Brass Band every Tuesday night, as well as many more fantastic local artists each night of the week.
If you’re in the French Quarter, One Eyed Jacks is a must-see venue. The decadently-decorated bar features a large concert hall that hosts a variety of acts for your entertainment, including live, burlesque, and decade-specific dance parties.
Located in the heart of the Faubourg Marigny along music-centric Frenchmen Street, Maison is a multifaceted entertainment live venue in New Orleans. It hosts multiple artists on three stages every night, ranging from traditional jazz to funk and brass. The club’s long list of signature cocktails and delicious food doesn’t hurt, either.