Live music is New Orleans’ lifeblood, coursing through the veins of the city in every street corner, jazz club and festival prior to the pandemic. Currently, indoor live performance venues are closed and additional restrictions surrounding live music are in place according to city guidelines, but there are still a few options for finding live music these days. Remember to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and make a reservation when necessary. Here’s where to catch live music right now in New Orleans.
Longue Vue House & Gardens is an urban retreat located about 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. The garden is now hosting a weekly concert series featuring different musicians every Wednesday evening. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair, beverages and snacks to enjoy the concert. Book your tickets in advance.
Catch a performance from the balcony of the New Orleans Jazz Museum every Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. Past performances have included local musicians Nayo Jones, Trumpet Mafia, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Tremé-Lafitte Brass Band. Swing by the museum to see the show from afar or tune in virtually via Facebook.
Climb aboard Steamboat Natchez for a Jazz Cruise complete with dinner or brunch. The Steamboat Natchez offers a Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise, a Friday/Saturday/Monday Daytime Jazz Harbor Cruise and a Friday/Saturday Dinner Jazz Cruise. Relax to traditional jazz while enjoying the sights of New Orleans via the Mississippi River. Music will be played outdoors in accordance with city guidelines. Book your tickets in advance.
Part wine bar, part restaurant, part backyard party, Bacchanal is set up for a dining experience like none other. Enjoy live music in the yard on select weekends while enjoying a delicious meal. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.
Music Box Village is an off-the-beaten-path outdoor music venue in the Bywater. The forrest-like atmosphere makes for some magical performances, and after months of closure, Music Box Village reopens to the public for live concerts this November. Kicking off on November 6, Sonic Remedies will showcase the music made during quarantine. The first performers include Grammy-award winning Louis Michot and Black Magic Drumline. Advanced ticketing is required.
Situated two blocks from the French Quarter on Esplanade Avenue, Hotel Storyville is welcoming guests into their outdoor garden space for a recurring music and movies series. Bring your own drinks and snacks and kick back under the stars while enjoying live entertainment. Upcoming performers include the Storyville House Band and Sierra Green & the Soul Machine. Check out the event calendar here.