The strip of North Robertson Street had seven jumping live music bars. Things have changed, following the hurricane, the ensuing gentrification, and the eponymous television show. Joe's Cozy Corner is now a twee little residence, and the Petroleum Lounge has become the Treme Coffee House , where tourists gather to ride Segways through the neighbourhood and a chalkboard hawks the Treme Panini. All that remains is the Candlelight Lounge: a modest cinder-block structure. A row of chairs marks the stage.
House of Blues
A guide for how to listen to the city. In New Orleans, what qualifies as a "venue" is more osmotic than perhaps any city in America. Walls or stages or any of the typical trappings of classic club aren't necessary for a place to have regular occurring live music. Streets corners to corner stores to parks to backyards, there are literally hundreds of places to take in the city's incomparable music scene, but if you're just starting out exploring, these are the 10 we would be pressed to pick as some of the Big Easy's best. Preservation Hall : One of the most important music spaces in the country, Preservation Hall remains one of the few places you can regularly witness traditional jazz. Now owned by Ben Jaffe, one of the more familiar faces of the city who also plays tuba in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , his parents started the hall in and the setup hasn't changed much since. Visitors still line up outside and sit on modest wooden benches in a patinaed room. A show at the Hall is worth planning your trip itinerary around, so reserve seats as far ahead in advance as you can. Otherwise, we recommend showing up 45 minutes ahead of time to grab a Hurricane next door at Pat O'Brien's before you stand in line. The Maple Leaf : A fixture of the Carrollton neighborhood, The Maple Leaf might be a bit of a drive or a long ride on a streetcar, but you would be remiss to let the distance from the Quarter or Downtown prevent you from seeing regular acts like George Porter Jr.
The Jazz Playhouse
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. Tuesday nights with the Rebirth Brass Band are a floor-stomping citywide institution, while Sunday evenings feature the more laid back Joe Krown Trio. Occupying a renovated s storefront in the Marigny, this jazz club has been a New Orleans staple for more than 30 years.
Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Located in the Faubourg Marigny, the local favorite offers all ranges of jazz, blues, funk klezmer and more. Local musicians play their hearts out, but international bands abound as well. Often rated 1 on most sites, tourists, celebrities and locals flock to enjoy the music and local brews offered at this music club. The charming Three Muses celebrates blues, jazz, New Orleans-style bands and a mix of many other musical traditions. Three Muses is a calmer spot where patrons can enjoy new wave southern and New Orleans style plates while listening to the bands throughout the night. The gastropub offers some of the best local folk musicians in the city — about two to three acts play per evening, and reservations should be made if you have a group. This spot caters to the late night crowds. The live music club showcases local and regional bands nightly.