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Where to Find the Best Live Music in New Orleans

New Orleans is also known as the city of jazz and gospel songs. People here come from different areas, and they have built a mix of tradition, music, food, and family. People love to celebrate festivals by having a parade and showcasing their love for music. 

If you’re ready to experience the magic of New Orleans music firsthand, join us as we explore the best live music in the city. From classic jazz clubs to cool dive bars, NOLA DMC will show you where to find the soulful sounds that make New Orleans truly unique.

Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, and let the music guide you through the streets of NOLA. Don’t miss out—book your live music with NOLA DMC today!

Exploring the Diversity of New Orleans Music

Exploring the colorful world of New Orleans music shows us a mix of different styles that go beyond just jazz, even though jazz started there. 

Come along as we explore the many sounds of New Orleans, where every song tells a story of creativity and the city’s lively spirit.


Jazz concert - Nola DMCJazz has become the most popular music genre as it is often used in a variety of events. 

Here are some types of events where it makes sense to hire a live jazz band:

  • Corporate Events
  • Welcome Events
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Themed Parties


Another kind of music that is popular in New Orleans is Zydeco. It is the kind of music that would let you dance on your feet. If you visit the city, make sure not to miss the Cajun-Zydeco Festival held in June. 


Indie music also happens in New Orleans, as many musicians have started their indie music here. Vaso, Gasa Gasa, and Music Box Village are known places where you can see the beauty of indie music in New Orleans. 


The best example of this kind of music is Beyoncé’s ‘Before I Let Go.’ You might have been enjoying this type of music without realizing it’s bounce. Experience the best of bounce music when you visit New Orleans.

Understanding Live Music Tours

Live music tours are guided experiences. They take visitors through New Orleans’ vibrant music scene. These tours showcase live performances across various venues.

Visitors get to see firsthand the city’s musical diversity. From jazz clubs to street performances, the range is vast. Each tour offers a unique glimpse into the heart of New Orleans’ culture.

Benefits for Visitors

  • Joining such live music tours for tourists can give them a whole new experience.
  • Tourists feel part of the city’s musical heartbeat. They’re not just observers but participants in its rhythm and soul.
  • These tours also offer educational value. Guides share stories behind songs and venues, enriching visitors’ understanding of New Orleans’ history and cultural significance.

Popular Live Music Venues in New Orleans

  • Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

Never miss this place if you visit New Orleans! It’s a one-of-a-kind jazz hotspot where you can enjoy listening to jazz melodies with matching food exploration. This place is located in three rooms of a renovated 1800s storefront.

Take a look at their upcoming events:


Thu, Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm


Fri, Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm


Sat, Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm

  • Maple Leaf Bar

In 1974, Maple Leaf Bar was opened and has been hosting live music for seven nights a week. This is one of the city’s longest-operating music clubs and is located in the center of the Oak Street corridor. 

Memorable events at Maple Leaf have left lasting impressions on its audience. These experiences highlight the bar’s significance in New Orleans’ music scene.

Here are the upcoming shows you won’t want to miss:

  • TBC BRASS BANDCrowd at a music concert, audience raising hands up

Tue, Feb 20 @ 9:00 pm


Wed, Feb 21 @ 9:00 pm


Sat, Feb 24 @ 10:00 pm

  • Preservation Hall

This palace was founded to preserve the traditional jazz music in New Orleans. The old-fashioned look was maintained even with no air conditioning. This ensures that future generations can experience authentic New Orleans jazz.

Preservation Hall proudly hosts all types of private events in New Orleans.

  • Tipitina’s

The name Tipitina came from the title of a song sung by Professor Longhair, who regularly performed at the venue until he passed away in 1980. Before adopting the use of “Tipitina’s” as its name, the facility was known as “The 501 Club,” in reference to its street address (501 Napoleon Avenue). 

Tipitina’s stands as one of the best-known clubs in New Orleans. 

Tipitina’s presents:


Thu, Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm

  • TAB BENOIT + JD Simo

Sat, Feb 24 @ 9:00 pm


Sun, Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm

  • Kermit’s Mother-in-Law Lounge

This pub was opened in 1994 by Ernie K-Doe. The place is known as a live music venue and a shrine for New Orleans music.  It was then closed for several years but was reopened by Kermit Ruffins in 2014, and the festivities have continued ever since.

Insider Tips for Enjoying Live Music in New Orleans

Best Times to Go

New Orleans thrives with live music year-round, but timing can enhance your experience.

  • Attend French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras for peak excitement.
  • Visit during late spring or early fall for fewer crowds.
  • Explore weekday shows for intimate settings.

Preservation Hall in New Orleans - NOLA DMCLocal Culture Immersion

To truly embrace New Orleans’ music scene, engage beyond just attending concerts.

Participate in local music workshops or instrument classes offered by some venues. This hands-on approach lets you connect deeper with the city’s musical heritage.

Explore smaller clubs and streetside performances. Places like Frenchmen Street offer authentic encounters away from mainstream crowds.

Plan a Live Music Tour With NOLA DMC!

If you want to dive into New Orleans’ live music scene, get in touch with NOLA DMC. We create personalized corporate music tours for an unforgettable experience.

Here are some simple ways to start planning your New Orleans live music tour:

  1. Call us at 504-267-0662 or email
  2. You can also request a custom proposal.
  3. Let us know your preferred event dates.
  4. Discuss and finalize the tour details with our experts.

Remember, every moment spent in New Orleans is an opportunity to create lasting memories through its unique soundscape. Don’t miss out on this chance to experience the soul of the city up close.

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