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. Well, live music is back and better than ever, both at indoor and outdoor venues. Visit WWOZ for their comprehensive, up-to-date information on where to find live performances throughout the city. For our live music highlights, see below.
Where to Find Outdoor Live Music in New Orleans
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 days while enjoying a delicious meal. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.
Enjoy live brass band music in an outdoor setting from The Soul Rebels at the Broadside Theater. With a five-month residency beginning March 5, the group is bringing some much-needed music to a socially-distanced audience at $20 a ticket. Show dates are March 5, April 2, May 2, May 7, June 11 and July 2. Be sure to check the Broadside's calendar for other live music performances as well.
Catch live music at Faubourg Brewing Co. on the weekends. The concerts are outdoors in the beer garden, and while there is no cover charge, reservations are recommended. Relax and enjoy brunch from Fete au Fete or take a brewery tour while you're there.
Enjoy classical music in a beautiful setting at Longue Vue House & Gardens. Beginning on Wednesday, March 17 and lasting bi-weekly through the spring, Twilight at Longue Vue is an urban oasis with plenty of space to spread out with a friend or loved one. Pack a picnic and a blanket or two and enjoy relaxing on the lawn.
Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Chanteuse is a series of performances highlighting the many talented females musicians of New Orleans. This year's series will feature Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph, Dee Dee Bridgewater and more weekly from May 29 to July 3. Admission is free (reserve tickets online in advance), and concerts are held at the The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.
For more on live music in New Orleans, including where to find it every night of the week, see here.