11 July 2007

Ideas for live local music

Below find a few of my picks for live local music shows in the first few days of this year’s conference. I’ll post some picks for next week over the weekend.
Also, check out the Gambit Weekly (a free weekly newspaper) and the Times-Picayune’s (New Orleans’ daily newspaper) Living and Lagniappe sections for other ideas.
Please feel free to add other ideas for good musical outings as you come across them.
A couple of quick notes: 1) Check a map to make sure you know where you are going even if the venue you choose to go to is in the CBD or French Quarter. You may want to take a cab even if I haven’t noted it as necessary here depending on the temperature outside and walking distance...
2) The numbers for United Cab are 504-522-9771 and 504-524-9606.
Here are some of my suggestions for good music venues and shows:

Friday July 13, 2007
Le Bon Temps Roule: 4801 Magazine St. 504-895-8117
Joe Krown, 7pm.

Joe Krown is a great local piano/keyboard player who plays this weekly set at Le Bon Temps. You’ll find an eclectic after work crowd at this uptown bar. Most Friday’s free oysters on the half shell are served to accompany Joe Krown’s acoustic set.
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub: 733 Bourbon St. 504-561-0432
Ryan Burrage and his Rhythmakers, 9 pm
Fritzel’s is one of my favorite spots for traditional jazz in New Orleans. Ryan Burrage leads the house band for 9 o’clock shows Wed.-Sat.

Tipitina’s Uptown: 501 Napoleon Ave. 504-895-TIPS (8477); www.tipitinas.com
Tab Benoit w/ Monk Boudreaux & Jumpin’ Johnny Sanson, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, 10 pm; FREE

This show is part of the “Free Foundation Series.” Tab Benoit is a great live performer and Amanda Shaw is a talented young fiddle player and singer.
Make sure to get there early as the show has no cover charge.
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Snug Harbor: 626 Frenchmen St. 504-949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
Ellis Marsalis Quartet, 8 and 10.

Ellis Marsalis is one of the legends of modern New Orleans jazz and the patriarch of one of New Orleans’ great jazz families. Mr. Marsalis is the father of Branford, Wynton, Jason and other famous jazz musicians in the international spotlight. This weekly gig at Snug Harbor is always a treat.

Saturday July 14, 2007

House of Blues: 225 Decatur St. 504-310-4999; www.hob.com
Steel Pulse w/ Joseph Israel, 8 pm

Catch a night of reggae music with Steel Pulse after the Opening Event.

Spotted Cat: 623 Frenchmen St. 504-943-3887
Washboard Chaz, 6:30 pm

As his name suggests, Chaz is one of New Orleans foremost washboard musicians. Always an entertaining show.

Maple Leaf Bar: 8316 Oak St. 504-866-9359
Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 10 pm
Both this band and venue will prove to be memorable. The Maple Leaf is a tiny club that is usually packed with sweaty, dancing music lovers all year round. The shows usually do not start on time so be prepared to a full evening of fun and good music.
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Sunday July 15, 2007
Snug Harbor: 626 Frenchmen St. 504-949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
Lionel Ferbos, 8 and 10 pm.
Join jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos for an evening of music at a great New Orleans jazz club.

Tipitina’s Uptown: 501 Napoleon Ave. 504-895-TIPS (8477); www.tipitinas.com
Cajun Fais Do Do w/ Bruce Daigrepont, 5:30 pm.

This weekly Cajun dance party is always a great time. The mix of traditional Louisiana French music with Cajun and Zydeco sounds will keep you on your feet. Staying on your feet is also helped by the fact that there are almost no chairs or barstools in Tipitina’s J
**Not within walking distance of the CBD or French Quarter. A cab or other transportation will be necessary.

Preservation Hall: 726 St. Peter St. 504-522-2841
Glen David Andrews & the Lazy 6, 8 pm.

Preservation Hall is a famous music venue in the French Quarter just off of Bourbon Street. This band, led by Glen Andrews, should bring a smile to any traditional jazz lover’s face.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

Unfortunately, the Radiators are out of town for the next few weeks.