There’s a lot of music history that originates in New Orleans. They’ve got the whole seaport culmination of cultures, and it’s allowed New Orleans to be home to jazz, soul, funk, and the blues. The blues, among the other genres, is still lingering today, and here are some of the best places to hear it.
The Maple Leaf is both a bar and a music venue, hosting some of the best live blues acts in the city. One of the more popular bands is the Rebirth Brass Band, and they frequent the Maple Leaf every Tuesday. It’s also a full bar, and the drinks are affordable, even for Bourbon Street. If not the best, the Maple Leaf is a spectacular venue to see live blues and jazz.
A local and tourist spot on the infamous Bourbon Street, The Funky Pirate is an unruly dive bar that offers live blues. Big Al Carson is the go-to lead for this club, and it’s never a disappointment. Everything is reasonably priced, and even if it weren’t, seeing Big Al for one night would make it worthwhile. Funky Pirate Blues Club is the venue for a lively blues show.
Since the mid-90s, Mother-in-Law Lounge has been one of the premiere blues (soul, funk, jazz…) bars in New Orleans. The owners are unnaturally friendly and make Mother-in-Law one of the most welcoming lounges. With an unbelievable track record, Mother-in-Law is haunted with talents like Fats Domino, Al Johnson, and others. It’s always a surprise who’s going to play. Located in the outskirts of historic Tremé, Mother-in-Law is a true New Orleans music lounge.
A local hub for the best live blues and dancing in New Orleans, Ooh Pooh Pah Doo Bar is the authentic New Orleans experience. This is a lively place. The bartenders are usually on the dance floor. The drinks are cheap, and the music is unbeatable. It varies between all the New Orleans genres: blues, soul, funk, and jazz. However, the band is well seasoned and knows how to work a crowd.
This is more of a tourist attraction, but the music is always fantastic. There’s bowling, too. It’s a combination between both a music venue and a bowling alley. And a bar in between. The drinks and fare are reasonable, and you can fluctuate between live music or bowling (or you can have them both).