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 September 23 to October 9, 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. If you plan on visiting one or more venue, be sure to sign up for the NOLAxNOLA Check-In Challenge to unlock special prizes. And head to the NOLAxNOLA event page here.
Head to legendary Preservation Hall to hear jazz at its finest, with shows from the Preservation All-Stars featuring a variety of special guests. Nearby Toulouse Theater is also hosting several shows, from Spoon to the Preservation Hall Legacy Celebration, which celebrates the contribution of six new inductees into the famed venue’s legacy program.
The Jazz Playhouse is another great French Quarter music venue, with performances from The Nayo Jones Experience, Brass-A-Holics, Funkin’ It Up with Big Sam, and Trixie Minx’s Burlesque Ballroom ft. Romy Kay all on tap for NOLAxNOLA. Fritzel’s Jazz Club is another French Quarter venue with dozens of performances during 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.
Catch Jack White at The Fillmore or rock band Wallows at the Orpheum Theater. You can also swing by Howlin’ Wolf, where Hot 8 Brass Band is scheduled to perform.
Where to eat: When downtown, check out Josephine Estelle or Seaworthy. Howlin’ Wolf has a menu of its own. Or you can grab dinner or drinks at one of the three bars and restaurants at the nearby Four Seasons New Orleans.
To see all the shows in downtown New Orleans, see here.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown with a trip to Tipitina’s, located in Uptown New Orleans on Tchoupitoulas Street. A local’s favorite, Tip’s has a solid lineup of shows including Galactic ft. Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph and Maggie Koerner. Meanwhile on Freret Street, Gasa Gasa has hows on nearly every night of NOLAxNOLA. A local’s favorite, Maple Leaf Bar has Deltaphonic, TBC Brass Band, and George Porter Jr. Trio with Chris Adkins on tap.
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, or eclectic sharable dishes at Mister Mao.
To see all the shows in Uptown New Orleans, see here.
As far as outdoor music venues go, here are two of the city’s best. The Broadside has Honey Island Swamp Band, The Lilli Lewis Project, and more scheduled for the NOLAxNOLA dates. Zony Mash Beer Project will have dozens of beers on tap for you to enjoy along with the shows, one of which includes Rebirth Brass Band.
Catch Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers at Kermit’s Tremé Mother-In-Law Lounge.
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. As for Kermit’s, well, come hungry.
To see all the shows in Tremé/Mid-City, see here.
Enjoy jazz at Snug Harbor with Roger Lewis & Charlie Gabriel Quintet and Dr. Michael White & Original Liberty Jazz Band, among others. Just down the street, hit up d.b.a. to see Tuba Skinny, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, and Little Freddie King.
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.