Everyone knows that music is the heart and soul of the Crescent City. From bars and venues to boulevards and curbs, it’s not hard to find the sounds of brass bands, smooth jazz, bounce, R&B or rock.
Even when clubs are closed and socializing is done from a distance, the show MUST go on in New Orleans. In an effort to continue to support the city’s musicians and bring smiles to your self-quarantine, there are a number of local venues and musicians who will be hosting live-streamed concerts and performances.
While live gigs are suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, WWOZ has created an online resource for those who want to enjoy New Orleans music from afar. With frequent updates to the daily calendar, patrons can enjoy performances live from local artists Amanda Shaw, Tom McDermott, Khris Royal, and others. Support the artists by tuning in and contributing to digital "tip jars" via Venmo or other payment systems during these sets.
Tune into livestreams via New Orleans Culturalyst, a network of local artist directories, making it easy to discover and support the people who create local culture. The site represents a variety of musicians and culture bearers, and can be a fun resource for discovering new artists. Follow New Orleans artists CASME’, Flow Tribe, and DJ Cameron Kelly, among others.
Every Friday at 9 p.m., Maple Leaf is featuring a different artist live from their home base in Uptown New Orleans. The virtual sessions include Jon Cleary, Erica Falls and the Iceman Special. Subscribe to the whole season, or purchase an individual episode once it's released.
Enjoy music from New Orleans Musicians Jon Batiste, Irma Thomas, Curren$y, Mannie Fresh, Boyfriend, Alynda Segarra, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Amanda Shaw, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and Craig Adams with the New Orleans Offline Playlist. New Orleans Tourism has collected the songs performed live at Preservation Hall and turned it into a Spotify Playlist, which you can stream from the comfort of your own home here.
SideBar’s virtual experience is bringing a whole new level to social distancing. Daily livestreams from a host of musicians are accessible throughout the day. You can even purchase virtual drinks, contribute to the virtual tip bucket, and pay virtual admission (donation-based).
There's never a dull moment during "Fridays from the Funky Uncle." The brainchild from the Krewe of Tucks has produced performances from Flow Tribe, the Brass-A-Holics and more New Orleans musicians all while raising money for members of the entertainment community in need. The show is broadcast live from a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras float every Friday at 7 p.m.
Though Buffa’s is now open, you can continue to support the city’s musicians by watching these live streamed concerts. Davis Rogan, Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand are a few of the performers. Simply visit Buffa’s official site, click on the webcam section and enjoy. You can also swing by to grab a to-go order for the full Buffa’s experience. Don’t forget to tip the musicians!
This Bywater restaurant was already streaming concerts live on their Facebook page every Tuesday. There’s no better way to support local business than by placing an order and tuning into Luna Libre Live. Guest artists will play live from the courtyard and they'll be accepting tips via Venmo.
The New Orleans Jazz Museum is staying in the vein of offering free programming as they would normally, only it has all moved online. Be sure to check out Jazz From the Balcony, their weekly livestream on Facebook that's broadcasted from the balcony of the museum on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.
Livestream performances from The Song Bird of New Orleans Robin Barnes on Mondays at 7 p.m. CST on Facebook and Instagram. Performances will feature partner and fellow musician Pat Casey. Robin’s fitness initiative, Move Ya Brass, will feature ongoing virtual workouts to get you up and moving on Instagram Live.
Live on Instagram, House of Blues has been streaming concerts. See how they’re supporting artists here.
Piano on a Truck
You might do a double-take when Piano on a Truck rolls up in your neighborhood. Otherwise, catch musicians like pianist Joe Krown performing outside Maple Leaf Bar to an audience clad with masks and social distancing. Follow Piano on a Truck to see where they’re rolling to next.
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Buy Music and Merchandise
One simple way to support your favorite local artists is to purchase their music and merchandise. It’s a great way to show that you care about them during these trying times, plus, you’ll be the brand new owner of a beloved CD, sweatshirt, or custom item from their collection, and the money will go right into the hands of the artist. NOLA Relief has released a line of t-shirts featuring different musicians, and the sales proceeds will go directly to the artists.
Consider making a donation to the New Orleans Business Alliance, which has started a relief fund to benefit gig economy workers amid COVID-19-related cancellations and restrictions. The funds will go directly to the musicians, rideshare drivers, arena workers, and festival production and staff that have been affected. NOLABA initiated the fund with $100,000, with a goal of increasing the fund assets to a minimum of $500,000. They’re calling on the community to consider contributing to the fund while New Orleans’ rich cultural calendar, normally full of festivals and live shows, has been silenced indefinitely.
Donate to the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund, a new fund established to support Louisiana musicians during the pandemic. Those who have a substantial part of their income that is reliant on live performances, is a professional musician who has worked for at least one or more years, and is a resident of the state of Louisiana are eligible to apply. Donate to the foundation here.
The New Orleans Musician’s Clinic has been keeping New Orleans musicians healthy since 1998 by providing affordable, comprehensive healthcare. Help support their mission, which is all the more urgent in these trying times, by donating to the organization today.
Help musicians all over the country by donating to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the music community affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Preservation Hall Foundation has launched the Legacy Program Emergency Relief Fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Funds will go to support their music collective, a network of musicians who would typically be scheduled to play at Preservation Hall. The program will assist 61 musicians with medical expenses, lodging, food, and other vital living expenses due to illness or loss of work. As a a Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief partner, Spotify will match donations up to $10 million cumulatively made to the fund.
SAVE OUR BRASS has launched a new fund specifically for brass band musicians who are out of work due to the pandemic. Recipients must also be natives of New Orleans. They will receive a grant to cover basic living expenses, such as rent, food, and utilities. The organization hopes to raise $100,000 to fund this effort, and those who can are encouraged to donate to their GoFundMe.
The Creative Response Relief Fund is a New Orleans-based effort in support of artists, performers, writers, and culture bearers in the Greater New Orleans metro area facing the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide emergency grants of $2,000 to artists of any discipline (culture bearer, filmmaker, painter, performer, photographer, sculptor, writer, etc) who have lived in New Orleans for one year or more. Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, and immigrant artists are strongly encouraged to apply.