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New Orleans is constantly bursting at the seams with live music. By heading into a random venue or even walking around aimlessly on the streets, there’s a very good chance you’ll hear something jazzy, lively, or funky. If you’d rather plan it all out so you have the best music experience, check out this list of eight live music venues in New Orleans favorited by a local musician. There’s more than enough for 3 days in New Orleans.
Before you embark on the ultimate live music trip, check into a convenient IHG hotel in New Orleans. Opt for one in the French Quarter to get a feel of the ornate and historical French architecture or in the Marigny neighborhood right next to it for easy access to the music venues.
Live Music Venues on Frenchman Street
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
Image via Flickr by Witty Name
At Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, kill two birds with one stone by listening to live music and eating upscale Creole food. This intimate brick-walled spot dating back to the 1800s hosts regular concerts by Charmaine Neville and Ellis Marsalis, who are not to be missed.
Location: 626 Frenchmen St.
Website: Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
Spotted Cat Music Club
Get intimate at the Spotted Cat Music Club, considered the jewel of Frenchmen Street, as jazz music fills this weathered bar from a tiny stage. A cover of $5 on the weekend will get you at least three sets of music and a fun crowd to dance with.
Location: 623 Frenchmen St.
Website: Spotted Cat Music Club
This spot is a bit bigger than the typical hole-in-the-wall venues on Frenchmen Street, and with more space comes more atmosphere. It’s hip, trendy, and bound to be playing something for your musical senses to get lost in, with classic New Orleans jazz downstairs and a drastically contrasting sound upstairs.
Location: 532 Frenchmen St.
Website: Blue Nile
It doesn’t matter who’s playing at Maison, because you’ll never be disappointed with the performances. With multiple bands playing each night, it’s easy to get a variety of music that even attracts other musicians who are recognized both locally and nationally.
Location: 508 Frenchmen St.
Live Music Venues in the French Quarter and Beyond
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Tipitina’s draws in a lot of big names, like Dr. John, Galactic, and Bootsy Collins. However, it doesn’t forget about its local community. Tipitina’s offers a free Friday concert series with a lineup of great local bands.
Location: 501 Napoleon Ave.
One Eyed Jacks
There’s never a bad seat in the house at One Eyed Jacks, and with the perfect combination of decor, atmosphere, and great music, this place is an easy choice for a fun night out. In addition to live music, varied events are offered, such as a ’70s funk dance party night and burlesque shows.
Location: 615 Toulouse St.
Website: One Eyed Jacks
Howlin’ Wolf has live music every night of the week, a wide selection of beers, and great food. It’s got a ton of space so is the place to go for an easy night out and room to dance.
Location: 209 S Peters St.
Website: Howlin’ Wolf
Maple Leaf Bar
If you’re in New Orleans, check out the Rebirth Brass Band’s weekly residence at the Maple Leaf Bar. They put so much soul into their performance that the crowd rocks out like it’s the weekend.
Location: 8316 Oak St.
Website: Maple Leaf Bar
No matter which venue you pick, you won’t be disappointed with the live music. Check out this map to see where these music venues in New Orleans are located, and then get your tickets and go. Your music adventure awaits!
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Travel Items That Are Always By My Side
If you liked my friend’s suggestions on where to see music in New Orleans, then you may like my recommendations for travel items that are always by my sides, even when I’m not traveling!
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Thanks to Trent Bower for sharing your eight favorite live music venues in New Orleans!