In New Orleans, you can hear live music any night of the week. There are so many shows and too little time, so we’ve narrowed it down to a few must see performances happening weekly* in various neighborhoods throughout the city. Grab some dinner and your dancing shoes….
Hot 8 Brass Band at the Howlin’ Wolf at 10 p.m.
Kermit Ruffins at Mother in Law Lounge at 6 p.m.
Owned by Kermit Ruffins, Mother-In-Law Lounge embodies the soul of the Treme neighborhood it sits in. Known for jazz and bbq, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to grab dinner and enjoy Kermit himself on a not-so-bland Monday night.
Rebirth Brass Band at Maple Leaf Bar at 10 p.m.
People travel from far and wide to catch a show at the legendary Maple Leaf Bar, including Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt. Enjoy dinner down the street at the famous Jacques-Imo’s Cafe, then join the crowd for Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band.
Carl LeBlanc at Dos Jefes at 9:30 p.m.
Grab a cigar and post up at Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar. Local banjo player, Carl LeBlanc, puts a modern spin on jazz and keeps the whole lounge feeling loose. Beforehand, enjoy a casual dinner at Frankie and Johnny’s-- a favorite spot for crawfish and fried seafood platters.
Where Y’at Brass Band at 11 p.m. at Blue Nile
End your night on the historic Frenchmen Street at Blue Nile. Where Y’at Brass Band will have you dancing the night away in one of the most popular music venues. If you need some fuel beforehand, grab a gourmet hotdog from Dat Dog.
Brass-A-Holics at The Jazz Playhouse at 8:30 p.m.
Located in the heart of Bourbon Street, The Jazz Playhouse is a great stop on a Thursday night. Finish off a high-end meal at Restaurant R'evolution or some fresh seafood at Desire Oyster Bar, and head across the hall for some brassy beats.
Soul Rebels at Le Bon Temps Roule at 11 p.m.
A local favorite, Le Bon Temps Roule is a premier late night spot for live music Uptown. Get up close and personal with the Soul Rebels, a funky soul band full of New Orleans natives. Pizza Domenica and Apolline are two great options in walking distance for dinner beforehand.
Blues with John Mooney and Marc Stone at the Little Gem Saloon at 7:30pm
Little Gem Saloon was the home to all things jazz 115 years ago. Restored and revived, Little Gem continues to house music legends but also cooks up creole dishes. Enjoy dinner and a show in the historic hotspot in downtown New Orleans.
Ellis Marsalis at Snug Harbor at 8 p.m.
Preservation All Stars at 8 p.m. at Preservation Hall
Just steps from Bourbon Street, Preservation Hall is one of the most iconic spots for traditional jazz in the city. This all ages venue does not serve food or beverages, but is surrounded by plenty of options for before or after the show. Buy your tickets online and get ready for an unforgettable night of music.
Jeremy Davenport at the Davenport Lounge Wednesday-Saturday
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9 p.m. on both Fridays and Saturdays, Jeremy Davenport plays at his namesake Davenport Lounge located in the Ritz Carlton hotel. This swanky spot is great for a romantic night with classic cocktails and small bites.
*please note that all live shows are subject to change due to the artist’s schedule. Be sure to check with the venue before heading out!