Established in the year 1961, Preservation Hall has become a haven for traditional jazz fans. Even if you are not a jazz lover, the unique old-school decor and the heady ambiance which is attributed to the stellar music performances, will ensure you have a fantastic time here and may even become a fan before you leave. The interior of the club is sparse and does not feature much in the way of comfort, but comfort is easy to ignore with such great musical entertainment. They do not serve food or drinks here, however feel free to bring along your own drinks to enjoy while you watch the show.
This modern art exhibit center, located in a renovated warehouse, is the heart of the New Orleans' art community. The Contemporary Arts Center offers a series of seasonally rotating exhibitions, classes, lectures, performances, screenings, and concerts every year. The exhibits waver between traditional and alternative art forms with works from both local and national artists. The center also serves gourmet coffees and specialty wines as well as a variety of pastries and sandwiches.
Located adjacent to the Louisiana Superdome, this arena serves as a venue for concerts, festivals, conventions, banquets, exhibits and trade shows. It is also home to the New Orleans Hornets and a number of sporting events like the Nokia Sugar Bowl Basketball Classic. Check out the Smoothie King Center for some of New Orleans' biggest events.
New Orleans sounds can be heard pouring out of the doors of the Balcony Music Club seven nights a week. As the club is located at the edge of the French Quarter and only steps from Frenchman Street nightlife, music lovers can step inside to listen to a wide variety of local music. Performers at the Balcony Music Club have included Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, The Soul Rebels Brass Band, and Washboard Chaz Trio. Patrons can purchase reasonably priced drinks at the casual club's front bar, or at the large back bar.
Built in 1927 by Julian Saenger, Saenger Theatre has weathered through years in the Crescent City until Hurricane Katrina hit. Sustaining major damage, the theater went through a renovation in 2011. Reopening its doors in 2013, the theater has revitalized Canal Street and welcomed artists and Broadway shows like John Legend and Mama Mia. The interiors mimic a 15th-century Italian courtyard with columns, decorative moldings, and twinkling starlit ceiling.
Built in 1789, Petit Theatre underwent major reconstruction work in 1960. Since 1916, it has been home to a community theater group that produces many plays each season, including several children's plays. It receives annual national attention as the home of the Tennessee Williams Festival. Admission by ticket during theater season, which runs from September-June.
The International Longshoremen's Association in New Orleans is an active association that represents longshoremen and related workers in New Orleans. Their union holds a monthly meeting in the ILA Hall. The hall is available for dance and musical performances. It also hosts gospel concerts and other shows featuring local talent.
Founded in 1992 by Hard Rock Cafe creator Issac B. Tigrett, House Of Blues has grown into a multi-dimensional entertainment company featuring top-name blues, jazz, and contemporary acts. Try the slow smoked baby back ribs, the Pacific Rim Tuna Steak or the cedar pan roasted salmon and finish off with the White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding.
Enter The Parish which is next door to the House of Blues through a brick alleyway with a large fountain depicting Atlas shouldering the globe. A 5,000 square foot of event space with a state-of-the-art sound system, The Parish is a hotspot for eclectic concerts. Drawing inspiration from the design of a cathedral, it features stained glass, hand-painted murals, it's certainly a sight to behold. The intimate atmosphere allows for a genuine connection to be forged between musicians and the audience.
New Orleans Musical Legends Park is a lovely outdoor space that is dedicated to creating awareness about the rich cultural and musical heritage of the city of New Orleans. A pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, the space offers visitors a tranquil oasis with interesting exhibits that chronicle the various influences that have shaped the culture of this vibrant city. Entrance to the park is free, and live musical performances are par course. Grab a table and some beignets from the Cafe, or simply settle down and enjoy a musical extravaganza in this beautiful outdoor setting at the heart of the French Quarter.
Established in the year 1918, the Orpheum Theater has been listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places. It was built in the Beaux Arts Style of architecture under the guidance of the architect G.Albert Lansburgh. The property was damaged due to the Hurricane Katrina, however, it was re-built and re-opened in 2015 with a performance by Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Respect for the traditions of the past and appreciation for the cutting edge are evident in the New Orleans Ballet Association's venue. Classics such as Alice in Wonderland and Swan Lake share a season with modern works including a multi-media piece Still/Here by Bill T. Jones. Regular performances include the Paul Taylor Pace Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. All performances are held at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts in Louis Armstrong Park. After each performance, artistic directors and company members discuss their work with audience members. This is a worth while experience!