New Orleans for Music Lovers

From Jelly Roll Morton to Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, New Orleans has a long and rich musical heritage. The rhythm of long-ago drumbeats rise up from Congo Square and echoes of Al Hirt’s trumpet linger along Bourbon Street, while up-and-comers performing in local clubs and on Royal and Frenchmen seek to make their own marks on the Crescent City music scene.

Jazz, rock, funk, R&B, zydeco, country, classical, gospel, swing, hip-hop, bounce—if there’s a musical genre, you can expect to hear it. Keep an ear to the ground … and your dancing shoes on.

Commander's Palace

This beloved turquoise palace is a shrine for food worshippers. Chef Meg Bickford carries on the Brennan family tradition of adventurous food based on Creole principles, served in a courtly atmosphere. D (nightly); jazz brunch (Sa-Su).

Court of Two Sisters

No French Quarter visit would be complete without a meal at this romantic restaurant, which features a daily jazz brunch and a nightly a la carte menu. Creole and Cajun cuisine, combined with southern hospitality and a magical patio setting, makes for a memorable dining experience. Br, D (daily).

Jackson Square

Set in the heart of the French Quarter overlooking the Mississippi River, Jackson Square is one of New Orleans' most iconic landmarks.

Armstrong Park

Named for the late jazz great Louis Armstrong, this recently refurbished 34-acre green space is home to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Also known as Congo Square, it was here that free people of color would gather during the 1700s to dance and drum—and where jazz is believed to have first taken root.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Center

Housed in a former funeral home, this facility breathes new life into New Orleans jazz with seven classrooms providing instruction to local musicians, recordings studios and a state-of-the-art performance space.

New Orleans Musical Legends Park

This pocket-size park celebrates Bourbon Street’s bigger-than-life musical legacy with statues of Fats Domino, Pete Fountain and others. An on-site café and bar offers cool libations, lite bites and, naturally, live music.

Louisiana Music Factory

There’s no better place in town to stock up on new or used CDs by local artists. Select posters, books and videos also offered. Live performances on Saturdays.

The Spotted Cat

This tiny club has a casual, laid-back vibe and a large, loyal following among locals and visitors alike. Live music starts at 4 pm on weekdays (3 pm on weekends) and continues way into the night.

Three Muses

This hip venue offers two locations and a veritable nightlife trifecta: excellent handcrafted cocktails, gourmet small plates and live local music.

New Orleans Jazz Market

Part concert hall/part community center, this multifaceted facility, home to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, throws the spotlight on both the city's jazz legends and rising stars.

House of Blues

The Crescent City branch of the national chain consistently tops local best-of lists, and mixes big-name tours with performances by New Orleans favorites.

Preservation Hall

Home to traditional jazz since 1961, this no-frills nightspot still packs ’em in despite not serving liquor. Drunks and yakkers: go elsewhere.

Maple Leaf

A tin roof, a sweaty dance floor, a quintessential N’awlins experience: fueled by funk from some Crescent City greats, the crowd goes till dawn.