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, many 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.

Sorena Briley
Steamboat Natchez

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruises 

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. 

The Broadside

The outdoor counterpart to the Broad Theater, the Broadside regularly hosts live musicians and performers in addition to movie screenings. From Cajun music to jazz to bounce with Big Freedia, there's sure to be an upcoming show that'll catch your interest. 

Virtual concerts 

These days, many New Orleans musicians are streaming their performances online. If you’d prefer to watch a virtual concert live from New Orleans, check out our virtual live music roundup here. Show your support by tuning in and making a donation.