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FINDING YOUR MUSIC in unlikely places
he New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, founded in 2002 by the 31-year old Mayfield, tours and performs at premiere venues and performing art centers across the country. Mayfield, who will be performing live on NPR’s Toast of the Nation on New Years Eve, from the Dakota Jazz club in Minnesota, is currently composing the Elysian Fields Commission, an orchestral work commissioned by the University of New Orleans. It will premiere at commencement in the spring of 2010 and on the Champs Elysees in France. NOJO is also planning the Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestras’ Road To Carnegie Hall Tour that includes a stop at the Playboy Jazz Festival in the
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
summer of 2010. “BOOK ONE confirms that large jazz ensembles can create original music that appeals to existing and new audiences.” said Ronald Markham, NOJO’s president and CEO. Mayfield, who serves as the Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana, is also a professor at the University of New Orleans’ College of Liberal Arts where he teaches New Orleans As Discourse. He was also appointed artistic director of jazz for the internationally acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra in 2008.” The nominations this year truly reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence in their respective fields,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
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“Book One” Nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award As a non-profit organization, NOJO fortifies the jazz industry through performances, education, media platforms and economic development. Towards this end, NOJO founded the New Orleans Jazz Institute at the University of New Orleans where it operates a Saturday Music School for elementary school students. NOJO also partners with the Royal Sonesta Hotel where it launched the Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, a branded entertainment venue that employs over 50 Jazz musicians weekly. Other partners include Tulane University and the World Village label, a subsidiary of Harmonia Mundi. The critically-acclaimed BOOK ONE, which originated as a commission for the Epis8 stylus magazine
copal Church, “moves from swinging to strutting just as naturally as New Orleans does.” according to the Louisiana Weekly. BOOK ONE’s improvisational moments explore post- Katrina stagnation, the ongoing financial crisis and the resilient jazz culture of New Orleans. Songs include “7th Ward Blues” which pays homage to the Creole neighborhood that gave birth to Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet. “Sweet Bread on the Levee,” features Ed Petersen, who unleashes an unbridled, free-movement that is filled with intrigue and soul. “In Love All Over Again,” is a lush, sexy musical interlude that features Johnaye Kendrick, a recent graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Written
by Mayfield, the song reflects an experience that led him to fall in love with music - and New Orleans - all over again. “Creole Thang” features rising clarinetist Evan Christopher. “Somebody Forgot to Turn the Faucet Off (probably Steve)” features the slide Trombone of Ron Westray, whose urgent sounds are a metaphor on the failed levees in New Orleans. “Mistress” is a gritty and emotional tune that explores “that woman” who understands sex and adventure. “Richie Can Count,” features Leon “Kid Chocolate” singing and scatting in an amusing exploration of numbers and bailouts.
ABOUT THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA The tune takes its name from Mayfield’s 4-year-old son’s ability to string together numbers and is inspired by today’s financial turbulence. “Beat” is inspired by the Cuban big bands and illustrates the connection between Havana and New Orleans. “Move On Ahead,” which features vocalist John Boutte, is a rhythmic foray into the echoes of 1960s New Orleans R&B. Book One is available at iTunes, Amazon and select retail outlets.
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) is a performing-arts organization that strengthens the business of jazz through performances, touring, business development, recordings and media platforms. Founded in 2002 by trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, NOJO’s mission is to inspire freedom and culture in the individual and the global community by creating authentic, engaging jazz experiences while celebrating the origins and transforming the future of jazz. A non-profit organization, NOJO is engaged in innovative partnerships with the University of New Orleans, where it established the New Orleans Jazz Institute, and Tulane University. NOJO performs in the form of a big band and other configurations. For more information, please visit thenojo.com.
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Meet The Editor Welcome to 504 Magazine I am excited for the release of the Hottest Magazine in New Orleans “if you believe in it, you should be a con- Doc Jones tributing factor in it.” Dr. William “Doc” Jones / President email@example.com
Once you meet him, you’ll remember him. Dr. William Jones (lovingly referred to as Doc) is Founder/CEO and Chief Editor of the pulse of NOLA’s, 504Mag.com. Doc Jones brings a high level energy, excitement and hands on involvement to anything he believes in. Doc’s motto, love of people, and talents continues to be, “if you believe in it, you should be a contributing factor in it.”
Doc is excited about the restoration of and is spearheading an all out effort to bring an influx of new ready-to-run contributors to the area armed with current information in 504Mag.com. He recently stated, “It’s not the remaining rubble, though the devastation of Katrina remains vividly in my mind, but the beauty of the people, the succulence of the food and the throngs of happy tourist I once performed for himself on Bourbon Street.”
504Mag.com comes to give and not take from the history of the culture within that makes NOLA so unique. I come to give and not take complete restoration of New Orleans.
Doc Jones has been a music educator and professional musician /restaurant owner for more than 35 years. Everywhere he has lived from Chicago to Arizona and now New Orleans, he has left a trail of happy and fond memories. Though there will always be a special place in his heart for Chicago, Doc Jones is quoted to have said New Orleans is, “His Kind of Town.”
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Old Algiers on the Point
WEDNESDAY’S ON THE POINT editor’s choice
hen the New Orleans Young Leadership Council finishes up their free spring concert series, Wednesdays at the Square in June, the Algiers Economic Development Foundation brings you Wednesdays on the Point, a free summer concert series on the other side of the river, in the historic Old Algiers neighborhood. Begins June 16 It’s all the goodness from the ever-popular, mini-outdoor festivals YLC debuted in spring 2006, featuring the best in live, local music, food, drinks and art vendors. Add to that a breathtaking ride across the mighty Mississippi on the Algiers Ferry (have your camera ready for amazing shots of the city!) plus the honor of stepping on “sacred ground,” and you have Wednesdays on the Point, Algiers Point that is. Yep,
sacred ground. According to the folks at Old Algiers Main Street Corporation, some scholars argue Old Algiers is the true site of the origins of Jazz, as it’s where African slaves were first held before being sold into slavery. “The slaves – frightened, sick, isolated from the families – quite likely used their tradition of ‘call and response’ and single-line melodies to commu-
present a one-of-a-kind line up with a variety of talent and genres at different venues around Algiers Point. Big Sam’s Funky Nation kicks off the event June 16, followed with other weekly performances by blues legend Little Freddie King, fiddle prodigy Amanda Shaw, indie rockers MyNameIsJohnMichael, classical country, rockabilly and western swing all stars Gal Holiday’s Honky Tonk Review, funk rockers Flow Tribe and more. Take a look at the schedule below, but find more details at the Wednesdays on the Point website here.
nicate and comfort themselves and their families,” helping form Jazz as we know it today. Image Courtesy of Old Algiers Main Street Corporation So, it’s only right that Wednesdays on the Point
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Bed and Breakfast on the Point
rownlee Norman House Brownlee Residence: Norman Brownlee, 407 Delaronde Street Norman Brownlee (1896-1967), pianist, bandleader, instrument salesman, and musicians’ union official, lived here at 407 Delaronde Street from 1912 until 1922. He led his own Brownlee’s Orchestra from 1920 to 1930, which included Emmet Hardy, Arthur “Monk” Hazel, Joseph “Sharkey” Bonano, John Wigginton Hyman, and many others. His band recorded in New Orleans for the Okeh label in 1926. In 1932, he moved to Pensacola, Florida, where he became an official in the musicians’ union, and also continued to play piano.
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The Night Shot
Jazz in the 504
The City Look
THE NEW NEW ORLEANS
REBUILDING THE 504
“Rebuilding New Orleans one brick at a time.” - Doc Jones -
LEFTSIDE Left picture 5000 Cartier Avenue LEFTSIDE RIGHT PICTURE: 5417 MARIGNY STREET
RIGHT High Gloss Effects And Futuristics 5323 ST. ANTHONY AVENUE
TOP LEFT: 6539 Canal Street LEFTSIDE RIGHT PICTURE: 5417 MARIGNY STREET
AFTER TAKING A LOOK AT THE AFTERMATH OF KATRINA YOU CAN SEE THE VALUE OF REBUILDING LIFES. BUT I MUST EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW THAT ALL THESE VOLUNTEER TEAMS ARE NEEDED! EVERY YEAR, RTNO ASKS LOCAL BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP IN THE REBUILDING EFFORT BY JOINING US FOR OCTOBER BUILD (9/30-10/1 & 10/7-10/8). LAST YEAR, OVER 400 VOLUNTEERS PRIMED, PAINTED, AND REBUILT 20 HOMES THROUGHOUT THE CITY. RTNO NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE OCTOBER BUILD 2011 AN EVEN BIGGER SUCCESS!
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Leonard Riggio wants to help New Orleans residents replace a story of disaster with renewal. This August, the founder and chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc. and his wife, Louise, will build their 50th home for New Orleans families who lost their homes after Hurricane Katrina. The couple committed $20 million after the 2005 hurricane destroyed what the American Red Cross estimated to be about 275,000 homes in New Orleans. We’re building homes but the people of New Orleans are telling a story of their lives coming back together and of rebuilding their city,” Mr. Riggio says. Although he says he doesn’t yet have the time to write a book about his experiences working in New Orleans, Mr. Riggio says “the book will be written over time as we look at families who now have the chance at the American dream: They have mortgage-free homes and the opportunity to create generational wealth.” Through a nonprofit the Riggios created in 2007 called Project Home Again, by the spring the couple look
to build 100 energy-efficient, storm-resistant houses for low and moderate-income New Orleans homeowners who have been unable to rebuild and return to their homes. Mr. Riggio, a Brooklynborn jazz aficionado says he was transfixed with watching television coverage of the destruction of New Orleans after the hurricane and knew it would take years for the city to recover. To speed up the process, he says he wanted to serve as an insurer of last resort and to step in where insurance companies and the government didn’t help. Says Mr. Riggio: “I don’t like idle philanthropy. Supporting museums and art are satisfying but I prefer active philanthropy, such as physically going down to New Orleans to help with the architecture and contractors.” Now, along with building houses, he wants to help homeowners create a community association to make sure they have a voice in the continued process to rebuild New Orleans, as well as the ongoing effects of the recent BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast.
Officials with the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Tuesday pledged $300,000 to help build two homes through actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right program and announced that the hotel will host a gala in March 2012 to help the initiative reach its goal of constructing 150 environmentally friendly houses in the Lower 9th Ward. Rusty Costana, The Times-PicayuneActor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right project has constructed eco-friendly houses that include solar panels in the Lower 9th Ward for homeowners who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina. “After Hurricane Katrina, many people said the Lower 9th Ward could not be rebuilt, but the spirit of the Lower Ninth and its residents is vibrant and resilient,” Pitt said in a prepared statement. “Today, the neighborhood is growing and alive with new homes, playgrounds, gardens and block parties. “With the help of generous partners like Hyatt, Make It Right will fulfill our goal of building 150 sustainable homes for those in this community who lost everything in the storm,” he said.
MISSION: A continuing volunteer effort to improve the quality of life of low income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, or single head of households with minor children, through home repair and revitalization of New Orleans’ neighborhoods. HISTORY: Rebuilding Together New Orleans is a program of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans that focuses on the residents in Orleans Parish using a combination of volunteer and professional labor. Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO) started in 1988 when the Preservation Resource Center instituted a one-day neighborhood revitalization pilot program in the Lower Garden District. Named Christmas in October, the pilot program was modeled after the national Christmas in April program. It was implemented to address the needs of existing homeowners, namely the elderly and disabled who had become ill equipped to manage home repair. Find more information at www.rtno.org
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Redefining the new NEW ORLEANS Join us as we build a new tomorrow with the tools we have today... New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it’s brilliant mosaic of culture, food and music. You’ll find brimming bowls of gumbo, late nights in jazz clubs, strolls through historic neighborhoods and tantalizing festivals throughout the year. Come down and experience one of America’s most culturally and historically rich destinations.
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One on One with NAYO JONES Nayo Jones hails from Chicago, Illinois born into a family of musicians she was destined to be in â€œthe businessâ€?. As a child Nayo sang and danced her way through life. She belted out Supreme songs at talent shows in grade school and mimicked Whitney Houston in front of the mirror. Although Nayo showed an interest in the family business no one forced her into music.
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Up Close And Personal With Nayo Jones Nayo (pronounced Ni yoh) hails from Chicago, Illinois born into a family of musicians she was destined to be in “the business”. “Nayo has always commanded a room whenever she entered, even as a baby” says her proud mother. As a child Nayo sang and danced her way through life. She belted out Supreme songs at talent shows in grade school and mimicked Whitney Houston in front of the mirror. Although Nayo showed an interest in the family business no one forced her into music.
Nayo’s father Doc Jones did not pressure her to be a musician, but he embedded music in her soul. Growing up surrounded by classic jazz and Motown hits Nayo answered her calling at an 36 stylus magazine
early age. She began to play the flute on a professional level at a very young age, she also sang in the church choir. Although Nayo loved music and always kept it close to her heart she had no desire to pursue her craft professionally. As a teenager her only desire was to attend college, so she did. As a graduate of Spelman College, the renowned historically black college for women in Atlanta, Georgia, Nayo focused her life on the corporate world. What Nayo did not realize was music was still in her destiny. Nayo began her journey on a whim.
Her father, a music educator had a fundraiser for his non-profit music organization which was held at the renowned Rhythm Room located in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rhythm Room has been graced by famous jazz and blues musicians such as B.B. King. In the middle of all the talent Doc requested his daughter sing a
song, “just one song” he persuaded her. The audience received Nayo with such joy and jubilation and Nayo enjoyed singing for them as much as they loved having her. This was the beginning of a journey that brings us to today.
In addition to Nayo’s first Christmas CD as well as a compilation CD featuring her and her father, Nayo’s most recent solo project is an EP featuring the hit song “So Into You” which she wrote and was produced by her number one fan, Doc Jones. This masterful CD can be found at www.cdbaby.com as well as www.amazon. com. This popular young beauty has already won the hearts of Arizona residents and the Artist of the Month Award for her CD sampler (commiserate notation was also given for Nayo’s website). “So Into You” will also be featured on Nayo’s upcoming 12song CD titled, simply NAYO, which will be released in late 2006.
Nayo has taken the Valley of the Sun by storm and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Nayo wows her crowds and gains loyal fans with her sultry voice and passion with every performance. She is only a baby in the music industry and she already has the savvy of some of the most classic female artist. Her fans have compared her to the likes of Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack and even Billy Holiday as she belts out tunes from Jazz classics to modern R&B. Nayo will revolutionize the music industry and become a legendary icon. Please don’t take my word for it, hear her music yourself on her EP or experience her live for a life changing adventure. For upcoming news and performances by Nayo visit www.docandnayo.com.
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The Night Shot NEW ORLEANS The Big Easy Nicknames have been and/or are: “The Big Easy”, “The City that Care Forgot”, “Nawlins” and “NOLA” (acronym for New Orleans, Louisiana).
NOLA’s skyline second best only to Las Vegas, and favored by its residents captures the excitement of a city that rises early and closes with the sunrise in some parts. The Big Easy” and “NOLA”.
New Orleans: La Nouvelle-Orléans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The New Orleans metropolitan area, (New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner) has a population of 1,235,650 as of 2009, the 46th largest in the USA. The New Orleans – Metairie – Bogalusa combined statistical area has a population of 1,360,436 as of 2000. The city/parish alone has a population of 343,829 as of 2010.
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is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the “most unique”[ city in America.
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The boundaries of the city and Orleans Parish (paroisse d’Orléans) The city and parish are bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south and Jefferson to the south and west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
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The Heart of 20122013 Sporting Events SUPERDOME – 7 TIME SUPERBOWL Though already the host to Nine Super bowls, The Superdome will once again host the 2013 game - more than any other facility of its kind - three NCAA’s Final Fours and more Saints games, Sugar Bowls and star-studded events than imaginable. Built in 1975, the Superdome is better than ever.
The stadium covers 13 acres and reaches 27 stories at its peak, 273 feet above street level. The Dome covers the world’s largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by posts, encompassing 125 million cubic feet of space.
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Home of the New Orleans Saints, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic, Tulane University Green Wave Football, the Bayou Classic and the Sugar Bowl Prep Classic, the Superdome is recognized as a titan among sporting venues.
In addition to hosting Superdome sporting events, the Dome excels in producing concerts, family shows, convention/trade shows, stage productions, exhibitions and nearly every type of mega-event. Nonsports activities account for 60 percent of the dates scheduled at the Dome. The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton and Britney Spears are just a
few stars who have graced the Dome’s stage. The Superdome has four 19,000 square-foot ballrooms, 53 separable meeting rooms, three dining rooms and a television studio. It also houses many offices. A 5000 car garage accommodates vehicles daily for workers in nearby office buildings
NFL CHOOSES SUPER BOWL FOR 2013 NEW ORLEANS STYLE
The NFL’s marquee event seemed unlikely to return any time soon — if ever — after Hurricane Katrina. Yet, a little less than
two years from now after Katrina struck — and a few months after many families were able to return to and move into rebuilt homes — NFL owners voted to bring their biggest game back to New Orleans in 2013 New Orleans beat out Miami, which sought a record 11th Super Bowl, and 2008 host Glendale, Ariz. This is the 10th time New Orleans will be the Super Bowl site. “Granted, there are still many abandoned houses here and there, but everything’s coming back, one New Orleans lifer’s proudly stated, “Everything’s being rebuilt around me. I’m optimistic. I never want to leave.”
What can be said about the Louisiana Superdome? Well for one thing its sea-
ting is better than ever. We all know what the Louisiana Superdome went through when hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. With thousand packed into the Dome as a final refuge the Louisiana Superdome became a focal point for media coverage. Quite frankly, it got torn up. But when the wind died down and the water receded the management at the Louisiana Superdome went to work.
Seating in the entire facility was removed and replaced. A new and stronger roof was installed. New video screens were also installed. But the biggest thing to happen was the New Orleans Saints. The revival of a 3-13 squad into a Super Bowl contender
made seating in the Louisiana Superdome as valuable as gold. Yes, the New Orleans Saints not only came back to the Superdome, they came back so strongly they almost tore the roof off, winning the NFC South, filling the seats with an NFL Playoff Divisional Round win over Philadelphia, and advancing to the NFC Championship. Are you getting the feeling that seats in the Superdome will be scarce for years to come? We are. That’s why we at GoTickets. com are going all out to snag every seat in the Superdome we can get our hands on. When you’re ready to hit the Dome to see the New Orleans Saints, or Monster Jam, or any of the big time concerts that come to this unique facility, GoTickets.com will have your seats waiting for you. stylus magazine 41
Night Life The New Orleans Night Life You don’t have to love jazz to be mesmerized by the melodies of New Orleans — but it certainly helps. The birthplace of Louis Armstrong, the Big Easy’s multicultural music and entertainment scene never sleeps, nor does its Southern hospitality where anything goes!
So let the good times roll, exploring New Orleans’s timeless, oldworld charm. Walk the French Quarter, renown for its music halls, antique and novelty shops, churches, museums and architecture. Then step into famous restaurants and cafés to sample legendary fried oyster po’boys, red beans and rice, and crawfish étouffée.
Whether strolling downtown or riding the trolley to one of the city’s many quaint neighborhoods, parks and family-friendly attractions, you’ll notice a peculiarly harmonious mélange of Creole, Spanish and French influences that is unlike anywhere on earth. Of course, for an unforgettable party, stick to the French Quarter’s, Bourbon Street, Frenchman street, where some of the world’s most famous bars and adult-entertainment venues never close.
No matter what, don’t miss the rich coffee and powdered-sugar beignets at Café du Monde, a “real” hurricane from Pat O’Brian’s, authentic jazz at Preservation Hall, the Sunday brunch at Court of two Sisters, Mardi Gras in the winter, and Jazz Fest in the spring.
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FRENCH QUARTER MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE The New Orleans Arts District, NOAD, is located in the historic American Sector, close to the Mississippi River and the world famous French Quarter. The renaissance of this area began with the 1984 World’s Fair, and today is a thriving neighborhood of art galleries and world-class museums, restaurants, shops and private residences. Anchored by Julia Street, the Arts District is a short walk away from the New Orleans Convention Center and Louisiana Super Dome. The live music scene in the French Quarter is a feast with many courses, and one that caters to many different appetites. The Art Walks, the first Saturday evening of the month, and special street parties throughout the year make Julia Street a popular destination with locals as well as tourists. In true New Orleans fashion, Music, Fun, Food and most of all, Art, uplift the spirit of the city.
Art Walks are hosted by the galleries in the evenings on the first Saturday of each month. Special events, such as “Whitney White Linen Night” in August and “Jammin’ on Julia” sponsored by the Downtown Development District in April are annual street parties in true New Orleans fashion with art, music, and food. Locals and tourists look forward to these street parties! As a designated Louisiana Cultural District, there is NO SALES TAX charged on any original works of art sold in the Arts District! Come visit one of the epicenters of art in New Orleans.
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Looking for Dixieland jazz? Got it. Want to hear Cajun and zydeco rhythms? They come direct from the bayous to Bourbon Street nightly. Maybe you can’t make up your mind between rocking out at a club or cooling down with an intimate acoustic set. Don’t choose – you can easily walk from one venue to another to enjoy a variety of music in one evening.
What follows is a primer on some of the top venues delivering this nightly musical cornucopia. Jazz is well represented at the Jazz Parlor at Storyville (125 Bourbon St., 504-410-1000), but so are local blues, R&B, swing and even Latin sounds. Located at virtually the front door to Bourbon Street, this classy, upscale music hall is a fitting start or pleasing ending to a night on the town.
Donna’s Bar and Grill (800 N. Rampart St., 504-596-6914) may look like your typical French Quarter barroom from the outside, but the stage inside hosts an extraordinary array of local musical talent, from eight-man brass bands to sonorous torch singers. Monday night brings a real treat when musicians from all over town converge in the laid-back club with their instruments for a jam session hosted by drummer Bob French.
FRENCH QUARTER STYLE Kerry Irish Pub (331 Decatur St., 504-527-5954) lives up to its Celtic billing with some of the best-poured Guinness stout in town and a welcoming atmosphere. There’s no cover charge for the nightly live music, which includes traditional Irish, alternative country, bluegrass and rock.
Bawdy, down-and-dirty blues are the order of the day at the Funky Pirate (727 Bourbon St., 504-523-1960), at least whenever bluesman Big Al Carlson is living large on the club’s tiny stage. His performances, six nights a week, can be as hilarious as they are scandalous, and the backing band keeps the beats going at this high-spirited, fancifullydecorated pirate theme bar.
The eclectic variety of music hosted by the Dragon’s Den (435 Esplanade Ave., 504-9491750) matches the exotic setting in this singular club. Located at the edge of the Quarter above a Thai restaurant, the intimate space creates a seductive atmosphere with lustrous red hues, Far East décor and a wrought iron balcony over the tree-lined avenue. Look for all manner of music and a young, very local crowd.
The big, airy room at Cafe Brasil (2100 Chartres St., 504-949-0851) is home to Latin, jazz, swing and some truly offbeat acts, while the tropically-colored building itself has become a local landmark anchoring the boisterous Frenchmen Street experience. The sidewalk scene the club generates is almost as entertaining as what’s going on inside, offering great people-watching in this bohemian mecca often complimented by pick-up bands and spontaneous dancing in the street.
The front room of One Eyed Jack’s (615 Toulouse St., 504-569-8361) looks like a swanky bordello from New Orleans’ gilded past, while the main performance hall is one of the most unique rooms in the Quarter. A horseshoe-shaped bar overlooks a stage big enough for touring rock bands and even 1950s-style burlesque shows.
The highly-successful House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-529-2583) opened its New Orleans venue more than 10 years ago, and it has grown into the French Quarter destination to hear nationally touring acts. In addition to the main stage, the club often has music in its restaurant or patio bar, as well as the more intimate concert hall in the adjacent House of Blues Parish, which hosts many local performers.
Just down the street from the House of Blues, Lounge Lizards (200 Decatur St., 504-5981500) is a hotspot for local rock and R&B acts in a comfortable, upscale venue, often at no cover charge.
Cajun Cabin (501 Bourbon St., 504-529-4256) offers rollicking Cajun and country favorites, all powered by accordions and scrub boards amid a rustic décor. Don’t be surprised if a band member hands you a scrub board and a pair of spoons to join in on the rhythms.
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