I'm not sure, but I'm almost positive, that all music comes from New Orleans. Does it? The historians can apply themselves to the question, but meanwhile, visitors and residents alike find themselves offered an embarrassment of musical riches, both day and night, in this town: You'll mingle with brass-band street parades and dance sweaty-haired to post-midnight funk jams and sway to hot touring acts performing in glimmering fin de siecle amusement palaces. There's no closing time in New Orleans, the city that probably invented American nightlife -- so head out into that swampy, sultry, electric night, and see where it takes you. The ornate walls of One Eyed Jacks' odd-capacity showroom are edged with scarlet sparkle-vinyl banquettes and hung with midth-century pinup nudes painted on black velvet -- a louche, swank atmosphere appropriate to its history as an old French Quarter movie house and reputed speakeasy, the latter of which apparently left the club with a pair of ghosts.
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Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Located in Mid-City, this music bar is a great place for visitors to relax and hang out with their friends. The room adapts to bands of different sizes and welcomes different styles. Each artist or band that plays at the club is in charge of setting the entrance fee for their visitors. Here music lovers can dress in any attire; the bar is laid back and allows casual outfits.
The first rule of New Orleans is that you always talk about New Orleans. Bands jostle to play at the corner of Royal and St Peter streets just off the central Jackson Square, visible from most points of the city by its gorgeous cathedral. The premiere street for live music in New Orleans, Frenchmen Street in Marigny is walkable from Bourbon and less chaotic, hosting a dozen or so venues in a small stretch of road — not to mention the best street bands in town. A music museum of sorts, you could spend hours here scratching through the LPs and posters; they also have a notice board out the front advertising the best gigs around town. Almost every weekend, the city hosts a festival of some sort, usually centred around food and music, and featuring a live stage playing local bands throughout the day. The world-famous Mardi Gras parades usually run throughout February, while in early May, NOLA Jazz Fest brings musicians from around the world to their spiritual home for a week-long celebration. The Treme Brass Band, born out of the iconic suburb of the same name just north of the Quarter, are another must-see if your paths collide. Ask nicely, and they will let you know if there are any second line parades coming up in their community. New Orleanians will welcome a stranger into any party, so jump into the procession and start dancing. Originally from Sydney, she has spent much of the last couple of years reporting from almost every country in the former USSR.
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.