Live music is 24/7 in New Orleans, but we’ve cherry-picked a few can’t-miss shows for the month ahead. It’s officially Mardi Gras season, and there are plenty of shows both in the clubs and on the street. It’s Carnival time, y’all! 

Rebecca Todd
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Mardi Gras parades

Honestly, the best place to hear live music this month is on the parade route! Bands made up of all ages and instruments will be front and center marching (or rolling, you never know) down the city streets in what we call “the greatest free show on Earth.” In addition to that, Mardi Gras balls are in full swing, with lots of live music at Orpheuscapade and Shorty Gras. Check out the parade schedule here for more information.

New Orleans Music Fridays at the Jazz Museum

Enjoy live music at the New Orleans Jazz Museum every Friday from 2-3 p.m. February sees Christien Bold, Abe Thompson and the Doctors of Funk, and others take the stage.

John “Papa” Gros with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Maple Leaf, catch John “Papa” Gros with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux in 20th Anniversary of Funk ‘n Chant.

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From drag and burlesque to stand-up comedy, here are our top picks for after-hours fun this February.

Mardi Gras 2024 @ Tipitina’s 

Tipitina’s is the place to be during the Mardi Gras season. Catch acts like Lost Bayou Ramblers, Big Freedia, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic ft. Anjelika “Jelly” Jospeh, and the annual Mardi Gras Sunrise Set ft. Big Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Comanches and Billy Iuso, plus more.

Stevie Nicks

In the midst of an enormously successful 2023 tour, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, singer, songwriter, and storyteller Stevie Nicks extends her live performances into 2024, including Smoothie King Center on February 28.

For even more live music, check out our calendar in partnership with WWOZ here.

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