There’s no denying it - New Orleans is a major trailblazer of the American music landscape. Neverending are the Crescent City’s contributions to the universal language we all speak and love: music! From jazz to bounce and Buddy Bolden to Big Freedia, our original genres and talented artists are well-known and widely adored. 

Lesser known are the iconic venues where such New Orleans artists genres get their starts and make their marks. During your next visit to NOLA, catch a show at one of the Crescent City’s longstanding venues for a live music experience like no other.  

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This famous French Quarter venue has remained a fixture of New Orleans jazz since 1961. On just about any given evening, guests can enjoy intimate acoustic performances by the hall’s current collective of 50+ local master Traditional New Orleans Jazz musicians, including the internationally-known Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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What began as a local hangout dedicated to Louisiana’s own, the legendary Professor Longhair, blossomed into an Uptown staple known for hosting some of the city’s best and most buzzing musicians. Since 1977, the stage at Tipitina’s has welcomed Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, Tim McGraw, Lenny Kravitz, and countless others including national names, local favorites, and up-and-coming artists.

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Originally named for its original owner and New Orleanian musician Ernie K-Doe, the Mother-in-Law Lounge is a vibrantly colored favorite nestled in the heart of Treme. In 2014, Kermit Ruffins took over ownership of the Mother-in-Law Lounge offering daily live music, food + drink specials and an always lively time. Pro-tip: The Mother-in-Law Lounge is a great stop after any downtown second or major Saints victory!

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A world-famous music venue along Uptown’s quaint Oak Street. For over 40 years, the Maple Leaf Bar has hosted live music performances seven nights a week. Everything from blues, funk and R&B to rock, zydeco, jazz, and jam bands can be enjoyed here. There’s no shortage of good tunes or good times at the Maple Leaf.

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Frenchmen Street is easily known as the live music hub of New Orleans and Snug Harbor is an exceptional performance venue among the group. Intimate and upscale, guests can expect some of the best in New Orleans jazz during any visit to Snug Harbor. In addition to live performances, Snug also offers regional entrees and a full bar for an all-inclusive experience. The Ellis Marsalis Quintet, Thais Clark & Her Jazzsters, and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Feat. Tonya Boyd-Cannon among others are frequent performers at Snug.