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…

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC
Hot 8 Brass Band


Hot 8 Brass Band at the Howlin’ Wolf at 10 p.m.

Located in the Warehouse District, Howlin’ Wolf has the ultimate Sunday Funday. Grab some dinner around the corner at Cochon, then dance off the Cajun dishes with the Grammy-winning Hot 8 Brass Band.


Kermit Ruffins at Mother in Law Lounge at 6 p.m.

Owned by Kermit Ruffins, Mother-In-Law Lounge embodies the soul of the Tremé neighborhood it sits in. Known for jazz and BBQ, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grab dinner and enjoy Kermit himself on a not-so-bland Monday night. 

Ben Jaffe, Musician | "Everyday in New Orleans inspires me"
Ben Jaffe, Musician | "Everyday in New Orleans inspires me"


Live from the Balcony at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at 5 p.m.

Stop by the New Orleans Jazz Museum for a concert done from the balcony above. Every Tuesday, a different artist takes the impromptu stage as revelers listen from the courtyard. Honey Island Swamp Band, Jason Neville FunkySoul Band, and the Hot 8 Brass Band are just a few who have graced the balcony. Enjoy some beignets at nearby Café du Monde before the show.


Lynn Drury at MRB at 6 p.m.

Located right near the French Market, MRB is a laid-back spot great for catching live music every night of the week. On Wednesdays, watch as singer/songwriter Lynn Drury brings the sounds of Americana to NOLA. Grab some oysters and a frozen drink, and you’re set for a good time.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC
Jeremy Davenport


Brass-A-Holics at The Jazz Playhouse at 7:30 p.m.

Located in the heart of the French Quarter on 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.


Jeremy Davenport at the Davenport Lounge at 7 p.m.

At 7 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. 

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Robin Barnes


Robin Barnes at The Polo Club Lounge at 8:30 p.m.

Hailed as the Songbird of New Orleans, Robin Barnes frequently plays in the New Orleans area, including weekly Friday and Saturday night shows at the Windsor Court Hotel’s Polo Lounge. Enjoy soulful music in a classy setting. 

Looking for even more live music? Be sure to check out our live music calendar

*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!

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