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Great music clubs line New Orleans streets, each with a different scene. From Bourbon Street to Frenchmen Street you’ll find live music to suit every musical taste. Traditional New Orleans Jazz, Funk, R & B, Blues, Swing Dancing, Brass Bands – come on out and find your beat.

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My NOLA: 20 Questions with John Shirley

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“I’m proud to go out of town and say that New Orleans is our home,” says John Shirley, lead guitarist and vocalist for New Orleans based indie rock band, the Cardinal Sons. “The admiration for this city is an international thing, whether people have been here or not. The city’s culture and vibes reach anyone with a similar spirit.”

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Touring Musicians Coming to New Orleans

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Given New Orleans’ obsessive focus on music, the scene here can be FOMO-inducing at any time of year, even after Jazz Fest’s onslaught of visitors has thinned.

Across town, day and night, options range from game-changing brass band shows like the Rebirth’s regular Tuesday night slot at the Maple Leaf to modern jazz combos at the Mint and Snug Harbor …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Kristin Diable

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“You can make a living here playing music,” says New Orleans based singer-songwriter Kristin Diable. “There’s enough of a demand and culture to support that, which is incredible.”

Diable has experienced that demand and culture firsthand, as her most recent album Create Your Own Mythology has made major waves in New Orleans and garnered national attention.

Hailing from Baton Rouge, …

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Midweek Magic: Bridge the Gap Between Jazz Fest Weekends

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You’ll never want to leave. It’s a cliché that’s been applied to countless places around the globe— big and small — but it’s particularly true of New Orleans.

There’s not a weeknight in New Orleans where you can’t find something to do, whether you’re outside a historic bar watching world-class musicians play in the street or indulging in the city’s …

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Music in Motion: Roving Village Residencies Takes Over City Park

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If the walls of New Orleans’ buildings could talk, oh, what they would have to say! We aren’t there yet, but, through the Roving Village Residencies project starting April 3, they can sing.

You might remember The Music Box: A Shantytown Sound Laboratory created in Bywater several years ago, a musical architecture test run from local nonprofit New Orleans Airlift …

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French Quarter Fest: An Insider’s Guide

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With a little planning, those heading to French Quarter Festival (April 9-12, 2015) can make the most of an incredible, only-in-New Orleans experience.

Over the course of four days, thousands of musicians will perform on 23 separate stages across the French Quarter and the Mississippi Riverfront; more than 60 food vendors will also be on site serving some of the …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

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Eat, repeat. This weekend in New Orleans is chock full of foodie opportunities, from the annual Hogs for the Cause in City Park to NOLA FoodFest in French Market. An Easter egg hunt in City Park satisfies any candy cravings while a performance from comedian Chris Gethard sates an appetite for comedy. Voracious book readers can attend Tennessee Williams New …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with G-Eazy

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“When I moved here it was 2007, mixtape Weezy in his prime,” said prolific rapper, songwriter and producer, Gerald Earl Gillum, or G-Eazy. “You’d go to any bar and people knew all the mixtape songs word for word! Lil Wayne played Voodoo Fest the first year I ever went.”

G-Eazy grew up in Oakland, California but came to New Orleans …

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NOLA History: Ballet in New Orleans

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Even though the city of New Orleans was founded in 1718, it wasn’t until the late 18th Century that truly “refined” entertainment, such as opera and ballet, made its way to New Orleans. With the influx of French refugees from Saint-Domingue during that island’s revolution, the 1790s were a time of cultural growth for the Crescent City. Opera comes to …

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Video: Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas

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Tank and the Bangas is quickly becoming one of those New Orleans bands you have to see live, and that is in part because of the electric frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball. With a background singing in church and slam poetry, Ball infuses passion, presence and infectious energy into her music, which combines R&B, soul and spoken word.  Be sure to …

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Ideas For Getting Around New Orleans Without a Car

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Like many other American cities, New Orleans is a car city, by and large. Most people drive their own cars as a main mode of transportation — however, some people do just fine without them. Most people who visit from out of town do so without ever renting a car. While some of our public transportation schedules aren’t as robust …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

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This weekend in New Orleans is one of contrast. You’ll find ExhibitBE closing ceremonies in Algiers and a hotel and bar grand opening in the CBD, plus a brass band blowout and a piano legend playing the very same night. Two popular musicals are sure to command (or divide) attention: Jesus Christ Superstar at Le Petit Theatre and Mamma Mia!

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Charm Taylor

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“My music is influenced by the overall human condition; our personal truths, our history, the emotions we project, the communities we are a part of, the lives we lead,” said Charm Taylor, lead singer and songwriter for The Honorable South.

Taylor first moved to New Orleans in 2007, attracted by the stories of the city’s musicians. After making a documentary …

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10 New Orleans Music Acts You Have to See in 2015

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Most locals and visitors know the live music stalwarts of New Orleans: King James and the Special Men on Mondays, Rebirth Brass Band on Tuesdays, DJ Soul Sister’s Saturday night HUSTLE dance parties, and plenty of others nearly every day of the week. But you may not know about some bands and musicians who are newer on the scene or …

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Free Things to Do in New Orleans in January

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So you might be a little broke post-holiday season — or, all your dough just might be in the form of Starbucks gift cards — but that is OK. From Uptown to Downtown and on side streets in between, you can get a taste, a listen, or a vision of New Orleans culture for no money down.

Free Things to…

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How to Celebrate 2014 New Year’s Eve in New Orleans

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New Year’s Eve is a time for big celebrations here in New Orleans. Several venues host parties and celebrations for people of all ages and interests. From the big all-inclusive hotel-hosted celebrations to the live music-centered parties to daytime kids events, there’s bound to be something to suit you and your family’s taste. In the end, the most difficult decision …

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