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 28 to October 8, 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. 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 including Declan McKenna, Judith Owen, and Ashlin Parker & Friends.
Head on down to House of Blues for shows from Todrick Hall, Poolside, and Kes, plus dance parties Electric Feels: Indie Rock and Gasolina.
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 All Time Low at The Fillmore or Janelle Monáe at the Orpheum Theater. You can also swing by the Joy Theater where Clozee is scheduled to perform. The Howlin’ Wolf and Three Keys are two additional downtown NOLAxNOLA venues to visit.
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 Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen ft. The Absolute Monster Horns with Nigel Hall, Pedro Segundo & Xavier Lynn—and that’s just one show! Meanwhile on Freret Street, Gasa Gasa has shows featuring Easy Honey and People Museum. A local’s favorite, Le Bon Temps Roule has The Soul Rebels and Soul Brass Band on tap. NOLA Brewing Company has a solid lineup of shows as well.
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.
The Tremé/Mid-City area is full of great local live music venues. Chickie Wah Wah has shows featuring local musicians Billy Iuso and Renée Gros. Zony Mash Beer Project is another NOLAxNOLA music venue to check out.
Where to eat: Before heading to Chickie Wah Wah, visit Dooky Chase or Neyow’s Creole Café 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.
Enjoy jazz at d.b.a., which has shows nearly every night of NOLAxNOLA, including Tuba Skinny, Palmetto Bug Stompers, and more. Down in the Seventh Ward, check out Don Wayne The Rockaway Beach Madman at Holy Diver.
Where to eat: d.b.a. is 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.