Category: Louisiana

New Orleans Jazz Fest: jazz everywhere you look in Nola

New Orleans isn’t just a Mardi Gras party town. Think jazz music everywhere you look! On street corners, in parks, on balconies and, of course, in clubs. Then there is the jazz highlight of the year, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest in late April, a.k.a. just New Orleans Jazz Fest.

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A Jazz National Historical Park? Yup. Free music anyone?

Who woulda thunk that New Orleans is the musical home to a U.S. National Park. But it is, under the auspices of the National Park Service, called the “New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.” It is surprising how so many visitors and even locals we encountered had no idea a national park music program exists right in the French Quarter, even though its concerts are always listed on music calendars.

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Bullet’s Sports Bar + Kermit Ruffins = Fun NOLA vibe, very local

Bullet’s Sports Bar is so local that many long-time New Orleans residents don’t even know about it. Which is perhaps a good thing since the venue is small and the seats are few. But when we heard that insider-fave jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and his band, the Barbecue Swingers, have been playing a standing gig at Bullets every Tuesday night, we had to make it happen. Located in New Orleans’ 7th Ward on an unassuming residential street lined with bungalows, Bullets was also recently featured in an HBO television series “Treme” so it is indeed beginning to draw a...

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