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New Orleans Music
It is said that in New Orleans, culture bubbles up from the streets. Nowhere is this more evident than in the music scene. You'll know it when you come across a street performance that rivals any ticketed show you've seen. Or when you find yourself inspired to sway, clap and move like never before.

Wherever you go in New Orleans, live music is part of the rhythm of everyday life, pouring out of open doorways and ringing out from street corners. The city’s thriving musical community provides a vivacious, ongoing soundtrack for visitors and locals alike – as well as inspiration for burgeoning musicians in the Big Easy. While you’re in town, immerse yourself in an authentic musical experience by catching a performance almost any night of the week.

The city is the birthplace of jazz and a mecca for gospel, R&B and ultimately, the rock and pop we love today. We aren't exaggerating when we say that a wholly original spirit of creativity and musical magic is alive on the streets and in the clubs of New Orleans. Experience unbelievable live musical performances in venues from swank lounges to tiny honky tonks to mega concerts in places like the New Orleans Arena. Or experience our signature musical festivals such as the Voodoo Music Experience, Jazz Fest and the Essence Music Festival which draw dozens of top acts to the city for days and nights filled with your favorite performers. Free festivals such as French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Summerfest, and the local favorite Wednesdays in the Square which showcases our amazing local talent.

New Orleans is one big stage. Come and play your part.