New Orleans Jazz
New Orleans Jazz
New Orleans' nightlife has few rivals thanks to its thrilling music scene, from authentic Dixieland to big brass and every other jazz style in between; the live music options seem endless. Visit a few of what the locals call their favorite clubs, enjoy a beer and discover the talented city musicians. This exclusive and intimate tour will never exceed more than 12 people, keeping your experience a personal and one-on-one offering, unlike the over-crowded and mass-marketed large group tours.
Meet up with your local, knowledgeable English-speaking guide whose insight to all things NOLA is second to none. Your music tour of New Orleans begins just outside the French Quarter at the historic and beautiful Louis Armstrong Park in the Treme neighborhood. Discover the origins of jazz as you stroll the scenic park and learn about the historic relevance of this genre as you discuss with your guide one of the jazz greats, Armstrong himself.
From here, begin to make your way to the popular Marigny neighborhood, named after the nobleman and good-time guy of the same name. Updated for modern thirsts, Marigny is a hip nightlife area that appeals to New Orleanians and visitors alike. Allow your guide to lead the way, either on foot or by streetcar, as they point out a few popular local music and nightlife haunts along the way.
Soon you will arrive at the famous Frenchmen Street, the largest concentration of live music venues in the city. Your guide will take you inside some of his/her favorites as being with a local will give you access to the best options, depending on the day of the week, time of day and band schedules. By now you may have worked up a thirst, so make a stop for a cold beer that is included and soak up the surroundings, where you are welcome to purchase additional beverages if you would like.
In this city there is always the opportunity for an element of surprise, so be on the lookout for impromptu street performances which always make the night extra special. And if the timing and mood is right, you may have the chance to get behind the scenes with one of the bands in between sets.
As you enjoy the sights and sounds of Frenchmen Street, slowly move on to experience the nightly art market where your tour will end. This lively spot in the city showcases artists displaying their best work, from handmade sculptures to local photography. At the end of the tour if you are still looking for more, your guide will point out other great locations in the area for dinner, drinks and of course, more great music!
Please Note: No one under 21 years of age is permitted to join this tour.
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