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NOLAxNOLA: Live Music by Neighborhood

Where to See Live Music This October in New Orleans

NOLAxNOLA 2021 has officially concluded.

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New Orleans is a city known for live music, and this fall, we’re giving you the chance to experience the best shows in town with NOLAxNOLA. From October 7-17, show some support to our local artists and live music venues by catching a show or two (or three!) while exploring the city by neighborhood. See below for our recommendations for each part of town, including where to dine before and after the show. And head to the NOLAxNOLA event page here.

Justen Williams
Original Pinettes Brass Band

French Quarter

Head to legendary Preservation Hall to hear jazz at its finest, with shows from the Preservation All-Stars to Pinettes Brass Band to Charlie Gabriel & friends. The Starlight is another French Quarter music venue known for putting on a good show, with music nearly every night of NOLAxNOLA.

Where to eat: Indulge at Tujague’s before your shows in the Quarter, or Café du Monde if you have a sweet tooth. Step outside after a show and choose from dozens of bars and restaurants to visit next.

To see all the shows in the French Quarter, see here.

Rebecca Todd
Hot 8 Brass Band at the Howlin’ Wolf


Located inside the Ace Hotel, Three Keys is one of the newer music venues on the list, and the talent booked for NOLAxNOLA is bringing the soul. Jon Cleary, Erica Falls, and The Soul Rebels are just a few of the lineup highlights. Down near the river, Howlin’ Wolf has everything from brass band after brass band to burlesque shows this October. 
Where to eat: Near Three Keys, check out Josephine Estelle or Seaworthy. Howlin’ Wolf has a menu of its own.
To see all the shows in downtown New Orleans, see here.

Justen Williams
Trombone Shorty at Jazz Fest


Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown with a trip to Tipitina’s, located in Uptown New Orleans near Tchoupitoulas Street. A local’s favorite, Tip’s has a solid lineup of shows including Shorty Fest which features Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic w/ Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph, The Soul Rebels, Cimafunk, Tariona "Tank" Ball, Ivan Neville, and more all in one night. Meanwhile on Freret Street, Gasa Gasa has the blues with Little Freddie King and a few bands scheduled for NOLAxNOLA.
Where to eat: Near Gasa Gasa, get fried fish and pecan pie at High Hat Café. Near Tip’s, indulge in street tacos and margaritas at Barracuda.
To see all the shows in Uptown New Orleans, see here.

Rebecca Todd
Gasa Gasa

Tremé/ Mid-City

As far as outdoor music venues go, here are two of the city’s best. The Broadside has Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington on tap for the NOLAxNOLA dates. Zony Mash Beer Project will have dozens of beers on tap for you to enjoy along with the show. 
Where to eat: Before heading to the Broadside, check out Dooky Chase or Willie Mae’s for New Orleans soul food. Zony Mash frequently hosts food trucks and pop-up vendors in their space, so arrive with an empty belly. 
To see all the shows in Tremé/Mid-City, see here.

Justen Williams
Snug Harbor

Bywater/ Marigny

Enjoy jazz at Snug Harbor with Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Herlin Riley Quartet, and Dr. Michael White & Original Liberty Jazz Band, among others. Just down the street, hit up d.b.a. to see Tuba Skinny, Deltaphonic, and Naughty Professor.

Where to eat: Less than 100 feet from each other, Snug Harbor and d.b.a. are surrounded by dining options, from Dat Dog to SukhoThai,  and nearby Italian restaurant Paladar 511. Frenchmen Street comes alive at night, with plenty of options for drinks close by.

To see all the shows in the Bywater/Marigny, see here.