Where to Catch Great Live Music Near The Lafayette Hotel
If you’re staying at the Lafayette Hotel from late March to late May, you’ll have a front-row seat for the free Wednesday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square. But New Orleans is a music lover’s mecca every day, and there’s no shortage of hot spots to catch great live music.
Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave.): This popular Lee Circle watering hole hosts a terrific selection of local and touring bands nightly. Free early shows from 7-9 p.m., followed by slammin’ multi-band rosters starting at 10 p.m.
The Howlin’ Wolf (907 S. Peters St.): As New Orleans as it gets, the Wolf is painted with murals depicting the city’s musical history and presents hot local acts like the Hot 8 Brass Band, along with national headliners like Foo Fighters.
Republic NOLA (828 S. Peters St.) Bounce. EDM. Emo. The Republic offers a diverse range of cutting edge musical styles and also hosts big events like fashion shows.
The Starlight (817 St. Louis St.): Housed in a historic Creole cottage, this intimate venue serves up live music nightly, ranging from jazz and blues to Americana, along with Venezuelan street food.
Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St.): Traditional New Orleans jazz comes alive every night with hourly shows by master musicians, beginning at 5 p.m. All ages welcome.
House of Blues (225 Decatur St.): Like HOB venues nationwide, House of Blues presents jammin’ national touring bands. But the French Quarter branch lets the good times roll New-Orleans style with its world-famous Sunday Gospel Brunch.
The Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen St.): Tiny but mighty, the Cat has built an international rep as a destination for swingin’ jazz in all its many manifestations.
d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen St.): A favorite haunt for locals, d.b.a. Is a hub for the hardest-working musicians in town, including Little Freddy King, Meschiya Lake and Treme Brass Band.
Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen St.): Shows start early and go late in this high-energy club, which presents top local stars like Kermit Ruffins along with national and international acts.
Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St.): The city’s premier showcase for contemporary jazz. Nightly shows at 8 and 10 feature New Orleans icons like Ellis Marsalis, patriarch of the city’s first family of jazz.
Carnaval Lounge (2227 St. Claude Ave.): Formerly Siberia, the latest addition to the musical mecca just off Elysian Fields is making its mark with hot Latin bands and Brazilian street food.
Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude Ave.): Anything and everything goes at the Allways, from swing-dance Sundays to Bayou Blues Burlesque to the Blue Moon Circus Sideshow.
Hi Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave.): This lively neighborhood bars hosts several long-standing series, like the Bluegrass Pickin’ Party every Monday, and is also a place to catch hot up-and-coming local bands