Evening New Orleans Tour
Few cities rival the way New Orleans lives at night. From real Dixieland to a big brass band, the music options are endless in the city that spawned the coolest genre in music.
Find out facts about the origins of jazz and the city's musical culture as you take a guided tour of the city's historic center with the best music and bars.
How will the tour go
The origins of jazz can be seen while strolling through Louis Armstrong Park. Embark on a historic journey through less visited areas, on foot or by tram.
Visit Frenchmen Street and the local art night market for drinks and some of the city's best musicians.
The tour is best to start after dinner — around 19:00. The English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel at a prearranged time. You will be drawn up a program of visiting various musical institutions, depending on your preferences and bands performing in the near future.
Thanks to this approach, you will see and hear a slice of the best that can be found on the city's music scenes.
The best places to hear jazz
To help you decide where to go, here is a list of 5 hot spots where residents love to listen to live New Orleans jazz.
- Preservation Hall
Louis Armstrong once said that this is where you will find all the greats. For over 50 years, New Orleans' favorite music hall, nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, has highlighted the city's brightest talent.
A band of musicians gather every evening to play traditional acoustic jazz, with up to five shows per night. The maximum number of seats for 100 people is on wooden benches or floor cushions; the rest is just standing. Purchase your Big Shot seats in advance to get a guaranteed premium seat and skip the queues.
- Maple leaf
This respected club located in the Carrollton area has great live music every night and mixes with blues and funk. This dark, no-frills space has a stage at one end and a pulsing dance floor in the center. Don't be shy when a local asks you to dance — it's a classic Maple Leaf pastime.
Don't miss out on the evening sessions with local jazz band Rebirth.
The famous venue, also known as Tips, takes its name from a song by jazz great Professor Longhair, who often performed here. Other luminaries such as Dr. John, the Neville Brothers and Shorty's Trombone also grace the stage.
The club is valued for creating a non-profit foundation focused on music education and the development of young talents. Thanks to this, rising stars of urban jazz in New Orleans also perform here.
- Howlin' Wolf
This unusual location in the Warehouse District has been drawing crowds of music lovers to the industrial area since 1988. The innovative spirit is manifested in the fact that jazz is mixed with groove, blues and rock. Expect long, lingering sets and hot fun.
Well, it should be noted that there is an amazing collection of local brews and snacks. Order a crayfish pie and get ready to howl at the moon!
- Chickie wah wah
The playfully named atmospheric club, named after a Bobby Marchan song, is physically and spiritually located off the beaten track, on the upper canal in Mid City. This favorite choice among jazz lovers in New Orleans is known for nurturing local musicians and ensuring that 100% of the cost of entry goes directly to the performers.
|Tour duration||4 hours|
|Price||from $299 ($75 / hour)|