For nearly 300 years, music has echoed throughevery corner of the city. The sounds are as constant as the river and diverseas the gumbo of people who settled here. Not only is New Orleans the birthplaceof Jazz, but music of all genres flows through the air 24 hours a day. Thecity's ever-evolving relationship with music and dance began in 18thcentury ballrooms, at the old French Opera House and with tribalrhythms and rituals in Congo Square (now the site ofLouis Armstrong Park).
So grab your dancing shoes and get ready, because everynight in New Orleans is a time for live music and fun!
Before you set out, check on the festivals schedule,where live music will always be the highlight. Check out our Official Visitor Guide, stop bya visitor center or pick up a copy of Off Beat, a monthly music magazine to prepare for the journeyahead.
If you want to get in the groove before you arrive: headover to www.wwoz.org to listen live to the hub of New Orleansmusical culture and heritage, WWOZ, 90.7FM.
Start the first day of your musical adventure with atraditional New Orleans breakfast of hot beignets topped with a mountain ofpowdered sugar and a cup of café au lait. Open 24/7, no matter when you decideto start you can grab a hot bite at Café Du Monde where you can catch local streetperformers or just enjoy watching the rhythms of the passing crowds, carriagesand market vendors.
Take a tour
Take in the sights and sounds of the city, and learn thehistory of musical greats. The homes and haunts of early masters like BuddyBolden, Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong, Jellyroll Morton and King Oliver resided in aneighborhood called Storyville, located in the area now known as Tremé. Take a tourof the neighborhoodand learn how jazz music flourished in the nightclubs, saloons and streets ofthe city.
A night at the museum
Part of theLouisiana State Museum Foundation, the Old U.S. Mint preserves part of thecity's history and legacy of European, African and Caribbean cultures thatformed the city's fabulous musical heritage. Originally a factory for makingU.S. currency, the Old Mint now houses extensive jazz memorabilia and archivesbehind an elegant Greek Revival façade. Learn more about Music at the Mint.
Into the night
Looking for a true New Orleans institution? Look no furtherthan Tipitina's, home to the NevilleBrothers, and a shrine to Professor Longhair (rub the head of his bust forluck), this musical hotspot has long been an icon of musical greatness in NewOrleans.
Established in 1961,PreservationHall is dedicated to one of America's truest art forms - traditional, NewOrleans Jazz. Preservation hall is not only a music venue with nightly,all-ages performance, but also a touring band and non-profit organization. Takein a show here in New Orleans or find the band as they travel the country,either way, you're sure to enjoy the experience.
If you're ready to head from the bustling streets of the FrenchQuarter to the quieter Uptown and Garden District areas, take a ride on a theonly moving National Historic Landmark - the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar. Theseclassic icons are a staple of life in the Big East to this day. Listen to thesounds of rumbling iron wheels as they pass through the Central BusinessDistrict, around Lee Circle, then up the oak-lined St. Charles Avenue withdozens of grand Greek Revival and Victorian mansions. At the end of your ride,you'll find yourself near the Maple LeafBar where the Grammy-winning, Rebirth Brass Band, plays live every Tuesdaynight.
Rock and roll
For some authentic Cajun Zydeco, bowl a few frames atMid-City's Rock-N-Bowl.Knock over some pins, snack on some hearty local fare and dance to Cajun,Zydeco, swing, rhythm and blues.
Blues and brunch
If your journey brings you to NOLA on a Sunday, don't miss the outstandingmusic and delectable buffet at TheHouse Of Blues' Gospel Brunch. Thetalent, local and imported, changes weekly so make sure to check their calendarfor the latest.
Take it home
If you like what you hear around town, swing through the FrenchMarket where you can grab CDs bylocal artists, an alligator sausage on a stick or some local hot sauce.
The "local's Bourbon Street"
No musical tour of New Orleans is complete without a visit toFrenchmen Street. From SnugHarbor to TheSpotted Cat, this funky strip of the FaubourgMarigny is a popular local haunt. Visit the Frenchmen Art Market and takehome a piece of local flare. Whether Zydeco, Jazz, Blues or pick-up streetbands are your style, Frenchmen Street has plenty to offer.
With live music 24/7 and innovative artists throughout thecity, the possibilities are endless. There's always more to do, more to see,and more to hear in New Orleans.
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