Live music is 24/7 in New Orleans, but we’ve cherry-picked a few can’t-miss shows for the month ahead. From jazz to hip hop, local to national artists, here are five shows to catch this March.

Music Box Village Season Re-Opener

Tucked away in the Bywater on the edge of the Lower Ninth Ward, Music Box Village may be one of New Orleans’ best kept secrets. The sonic sculpture garden delights people of all ages and is regularly a stage for local musicians. The reopening celebration on March 5 will feature drink specials all day and a performance from Music Box Artist Taylor Shepherd at 6 p.m. Throughout the month, return for more musical performances in this outdoor oasis.

Chanteuse: Women in Music Series

Celebrate women in music with the Chanteuse series at the Jazz & Heritage Center this March. Throughout the month, enjoy performances from Kristin Diable (March 4), Leyla McCalla (March 5), Robin Barnes & the Fiya Birds (March 11), and Quiana Lynell (March 12). All performances start at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) and tickets are $5. 

YLC Wednesday at the Square

We love Wednesday at the Square for many reasons:  it’s a fundraiser for the Young Leadership Council, it features great local musicians and vendors, it’s free to attend, and it’s held every hump day, like a balm for your midweek blues. The 2022 spring series kicks off on March 16 and concludes on May 18. The lineup for March shows includes Anders Osborne (March 16), Marc Broussard with Little Freddie King (March 23), and Mia Borders with The Quickening (March 30).

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC
Kermit Ruffins

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers at Danny Barker Fest

Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival honors a New Orleans musical legend with a multi-day festival this March 16-20. Catch a slew of performances during that time, including Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers at 4 p.m. on March 18 in the courtyard of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The performance is free with a day pass, which is $15. 

Paul Broussard
John Boutte with James Andrews and the Crescent City All Stars - Congo Square New World Rhythms Fest 2017

John Boutté and Family ft. special guests Tanya Boutté & Arséne DeLay

Kicking off the Tremé Creole Gumbo & Congo Square Rhythms Festivals, enjoy a performance from John Boutté, Tanya Boutté, and Arséne DeLay on Friday, March 25. Tickets are $10 and the performance is at the Jazz & Heritage Center. Find more music at Armstrong Park throughout the festival weekend.