New Orleans embraces almost every kind of music imaginable. Here are a few places that the locals will say are the best to hear your favorite.
House of Blues: House of Blues is a home for live music and southern-inspired cuisine in an environment celebrating the African American cultural contributions of blues music and folk art. In 1992, our company converted a historical house in Cambridge, Massachusetts into the original House of Blues®. The original House of Blues opened its door on Thanksgiving Day, 1992 feeding the homeless before opening to the public. In our Music Halls you will find almost every music genre imaginable: Rock n' Roll, Punk, Alternative, Heavy Metal, Rap, Country, Hip-Hop, Rhythm and Blues, Rock en Español, Jazz, Zydeco, Folk, and Electronica.
Preservation Hall: Since 1961, Preservation Hall has devoted itself to keeping one of America’s precious and creative resources alive — New Orleans Jazz. Every night people come through Preservation Hall to hear the best local New Orleans music. In addition, Preservation Hall spreads this musical spirit worldwide, over 150 days a year.
Tipitina's: Music clubs are rarely dedicated to a single musician, and few as influential as performer, composer, and pianist Professor Longhair. Henry Roeland Byrd, (a.k.a. Professor Longhair) is one of the most revered rhythm and blues musicians in the legacy of New Orleans music. Tipitina's began as a neighborhood juke joint, established in 1977, by a group of young music fans (The Fabulous Fo'teen) to provide a place for Professor Longhair to perform in his final years. In the past 25 years, Tipitina's has grown from a small, neighborhood bar into an international music icon.
Snug Harbor: This is the most prestigious Jazz venue in New Orleans. Combine the intimacy with an ever-changing line up of some of the best musicians in the world and you end up with an up-close and personal music experience that can not be matched anywhere else in the city. On almost any night you are guaranteed to bear witness to the forefront of contemporary jazz in the making. The performance hall boasts 25 foot ceilings and several tables lined up in front of an elevated stage. The action starts early here--sets are at 9pm and 11pm nightly--long before the rest of the colorful Frenchmen Street scene begins percolating.