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New Orleans end of March - where to go for music? #2977320 02/24/19 05:27 PM
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My wife and I are in New Orleans for 5 nights, March 28 - April 2, staying in a boutique hotel in the center of the French Quarter. I've spent a lifetime in dive bars til 2:00 in the morning. My wife used to, but we're old now and don't have a lot of stay-out-late stamina. Where's the best places to hear good Nawlins music late afternoon/ early evening? My musician friend who was just there was in the clubs on Frenchmen Street. Also, best places to eat in or near the quarter?

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Frenchmen Street for sure.

For the Quarter, Preservation Hall, but factor in waiting in line. There won't be much of musical interest otherwise. Some good stuff in some hotel lounges, I forget which is the good one (I think it had blue awnings over the windows). Mostly cover bands in bars. There is one good Cajun spot on Bourbon. The Maple Leaf is further out from you and has great shows, but they usually start pretty late.

Otherwise, if you can get out to Chickie-Wah-Wah for Jon Cleary's solo set on Tuesdays, I highly recommend. He also does d.b.a. but I find the sound and vibe isn't as conducive to appreciative listening.

And of course, find out where Josh is playing. wink

Another good thing to check out would be some online event listings. WWOZ's is pretty extensive, and you can find a few others.

You're unfortunately just going to miss the French Quarter Festival, but you can probably find a few other smaller events going as well. And enjoy a cool beverage while watching a brass band in the middle of the street. smile


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Thank you. I've been to New Orleans before but the wife hasn't. And yes, I want to find out where Josh is playing.

Re: New Orleans end of March - where to go for music? [Re: El Lobo] #2977354 02/24/19 09:06 PM
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smanzella plays at Maison Bourbon and some other places. If you want to find out, I'll bug him to reply here.

Walking around the Quarter, you might find some interesting bands at places like Jackson Square and Royal Street.

Definitely look up Josh (if you're on FB he often posts where he's playing that night). Matt Lemmler might be of interest too.

Josh mentioned a place called The Starlight the other day, "the coolest room you haven't checked out yet." That's on my list to see what they have next time I'm in town.


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I actually subbed for Scott when I was there, maybe you can pooch a gig! laugh cheers

And yeah, Matt is another great player. He and his brother Mike (who plays with George Porter Jr.) are both aces.


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Re: New Orleans end of March - where to go for music? [Re: MAJUSCULE] #2977399 02/25/19 03:04 AM
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Seconds for Frenchmen Street. More quiet than Bourbon Street, and more access to jazz. Was just there end of December and would also recommend BB Kingís House of Blues as there is a house B3 on the stage. Reservations might be in order. We walked into a packed house and were lucky to get two seats at the bar, mine being directly behind the B3 so as far as I was concerned, the best seat in the house.


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Recommending Frenchmen Street isn't as automatic or as simple as it used to be. That scene has become something of a victim of its own success, and has started attracting a LOT more tourists than it used to, which has changed the dynamic pretty drastically. Where it was once a place you could go to get away from bachelorette parties, daiquiris and party buses, it has now become very much a home to such things. The "Bourbonization of Frenchmen Street" is how it's often described. There's still plenty of good music to be heard there, but the days of it having any kind of quiet, local neighborhood vibe are definitely in the past.

And there is good, non-cover-band music to be heard on or just off of Bourbon Street. Fritzel's, the Maison Bourbon, and Preservation Hall are great for trad jazz, and the Jazz Playhouse has good modern jazz. The Funky Pirate has some really good blues bands. The Bombay Club has pianists seven nights a week, of which I'm usually one when I'm in town. The Starlight is a cool new listening room with an eclectic variety of acts. The 21st Amendment books good bands, though it's frequently too crowded for my taste. And a little further toward the river, the Kerry Irish Pub has a regular roster of quality performers.

Also there's a stretch of St. Claude Avenue that's now home to several live music clubs, and it's being heralded by some as the "next Frenchmen Street." Siberia, the Hi-Ho and the AllWays are worth checking out.


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Thank you

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Originally Posted By: Josh Paxton
Recommending Frenchmen Street isn't as automatic or as simple as it used to be. That scene has become something of a victim of its own success, and has started attracting a LOT more tourists than it used to, which has changed the dynamic pretty drastically. Where it was once a place you could go to get away from bachelorette parties, daiquiris and party buses, it has now become very much a home to such things. The "Bourbonization of Frenchmen Street" is how it's often described. There's still plenty of good music to be heard there, but the days of it having any kind of quiet, local neighborhood vibe are definitely in the past.
While I hadn't noticed the "bachelorette parties, daiquiris and party buses," I had noticed the crowds and wondered if it was just me, but I guess not.

Thanks for the info about the rest. More stuff to check out on my next trip!


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Some of the best music i heard when we were there a couple years ago were the brass bands that gathered on the street corners.


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Originally Posted By: DanL
Some of the best music i heard when we were there a couple years ago were the brass bands that gathered on the street corners.


Same here. There is a daily jam (seems to go on all day) in the plaza at Jackson Square. A lot of talented buskers all around the French Quarter.

We were there during the French Quarter Festival (early April I believe - you might be too early for it). It was a wonderful few days of music and great food everywhere in the Quarter. Small stages set up in the streets and larger venues at Jackson Square and along the water.

If you can get tickets, Ellis Marsalis plays Friday evenings at Snug Harbor on Frenchman Street. I love his playing.


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Originally Posted By: El Lobo
Also, best places to eat in or near the quarter?
I have been describing it this way. I've *never* been a place where I can walk out of the hotel, take a few steps in just about any direction, and get something good to great to eat until I stayed in the Quarter in New Orleans. JMO, but you pretty much can't go wrong just about anywhere. Still, here are some recommendations I have.

Get you some beignets at Cafe du Monde near the French Market. I hear the coffee is good, but I can only vouch for the hot chocolate. My wife makes us go after my morning run, negating my hard work. wink

Get a muffuletta at Central Grocery on Decatur, where it was invented. I think the longer the sandwich has sat on the counter, the better it is.

The buffet at Court of Two Sisters is pretty amazing.

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For brass music, if you're willing to get out of the quarter, can't do better than a Sunday second line - they're listed here, but not in the usual music listings: https://www.wwoz.org/programs/inthestreet

Real good community stuff like you won't see anyplace else.
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On one visit, I ran into a parade on Bourbon doing Iko Iko. It was a blast. They had a police escort. I was recording it on my phone and got most of a block's worth when my buddy who we were going to meet up with called. I had No Idea that would stop a video recording. mad taz

I was hoping I stumbled on a regular thing, like if they did that every time the closed Bourbon for the night or something, but apparently not. I'd love to see more of those.


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Here's an article about eating in NOLA that was just published by a friend of mine last night. Some of these look reeeeally good!

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Originally Posted By: thenagus
For brass music, if you're willing to get out of the quarter, can't do better than a Sunday second line - they're listed here, but not in the usual music listings: https://www.wwoz.org/programs/inthestreet

THANK YOU. That's what I'm looking for.

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Originally Posted By: El Lobo
My wife and I are in New Orleans for 5 nights, March 28 - April 2, staying in a boutique hotel in the center of the French Quarter. I


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If you want a really memorable dinner & don't mind the expense, make a reservation at Bayona (Susan Spicer's restaurant) on Dauphin , just west of St. Louis. For some eclectic live bands, check out One Eyed Jacks on Toulouse between Chartres and Royal.

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I am trying to find a place in Nola the last weekend in March!!! El Lobo I hate we will not be there at the same time. I'll try to give some tips for you after my adventure!


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I liked Cafe Negril on Frenchman Street. They have 2 live bands per nite. I saw "Noggin" there and really liked the eclectic mix of music and talent they had. ALso saw a group at BB KIngs House of Blues that had a father-son band that was very good. They used that house B3 reaaall well. The son was lead singer, the father was bassist.


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Originally Posted By: BluesKeys
I am trying to find a place in Nola the last weekend in March!!! El Lobo I hate we will not be there at the same time. I'll try to give some tips for you after my adventure!
Uh ... I am there the last weekend in March. March 28 to April 2.

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I am trying to find a place in Nola the last weekend in March!!! El Lobo I hate we will not be there at the same time. I'll try to give some tips for you after my adventure!
Uh ... I am there the last weekend in March. March 28 to April 2.
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Originally I was looking at March21-25 but could not find a place to fit my budget so now Iíll be there April 5-9. Booked it today! Canít wait it will be my first trip down. I hope I can find an open mic/jam or a band that I can sit in with. I always find a way onstage when I travel!!!


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I've got a somewhat related question - if my wife and I were planning to spend a week in New Orleans in August - any recommendations on hotels? We're hoping for a nice, safe place that's close to music and local color. Not a big fan of the 'big box' chains. I don't know if this is so far afield as to be not a good use of this forum, but thought I'd ask.

any recommendations?

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We visited two months ago and stayed at the Camria Hotel in the Warehouse diatrict. Much more quiet than the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter but a very eay walk to Bourbon Street and the popular places.


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There are a lot of "local" hotels in and around the Quarter. We've stayed at the following:

Le Richelieu which is more on the Frenchmen St side and why we chose it. It's pretty quiet around there.

Prince Conti even though it's really close to Bourbon, the noise didn't affect us at all. Super-double-plus-bonus - you can go downstairs to the Bombay Club on the right night and catch Mr. Paxton at the piano! Note that this hotel is part of a local chain, you may want to check out their other hotels as well. A friend stayed at another one and it looked pretty nice.


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Melrose Mansion was great. It is a former brothel - stayed in the Miss Kitty room! Apparently, this is Jamie Lee Curtis's favourite hotel in NO.
It is not far from Frenchmen, etc. Evening wine in the lobbly. Good breakfasts - grits and all that.

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The Omni Royal Orleans has been my go-to for a couple of decades. Old & elegant with character, and just a touch "lived in" (unless they've done another renovation -I missed going last year). Right in the heart of the Quarter, with a first rate staff. Piano players in the lobby bar, great food in the Rib Room and always cheaper than the Sonesta, Monteleone, and others in the quarter.


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