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New Orleans Music Scene

Written by Emily Buys

A recent trip to New Orleans really opened my eyes and broadened my horizon in the way of food, culture and music. I don’t think I had ever experienced such a culture, interesting food combinations or music in this way. Now that I have already written about the food and culture, and love both, I think I have resolved on the fact that my favorite aspect of visiting NOLA is the music! I find myself itching to get to a booming nightclub where I can sit back and sip a Diet Coke, while taking in the sounds of the city. Music has a way with my soul, and can speak right to my spirit. Music is the universal language, after all. I was in awe over the New Orleans music scene. I knew that New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz music, but I didn’t know how prevalent music is all over the city, and throughout the day even.

Dueling Pianos on Bourbon Street

Whether you are on Bourbon Street enjoying the nightlife, or entering Preservation Hall in the French Quarter by day, great beats and entertaining venues can easily be spotted. Something I didn’t get to do on this trip, but definitely will next time I’m in New Orleans, is to visit Frenchmen Street. I did get to learn all about the 2-block stretch outside of the French Quarter, where many jazz and music clubs can be easily accessed. From what I recall, some clubs have cover charges and others are free to get into. Must check it out, and take me with you!

Rebirth Brass Band at Maple Leaf Bar

At the end of one day, we popped on over to the Maple Leaf Bar, and boy was it crowded! We were in for a really exciting time as we danced amongst a crowded room of people, while listening Rebirth Brass Band. Talk about amazingly talented trumpet players. 

Old-time Jazz Band at Arnaud's

Then there was dinner at Arnaud’s where I got serenaded by a trio of oldtime jazz players. I was in heaven – can’t you tell?

If you like to dance to brass bands, or to just sit back and relax and let the soothing sounds of jazz move you, then New Orleans is your destination! It definitely speaks to my heart.

To book your trip to New Orleans, visit VisitNewOrleans.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The opinions and text are all mine.

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