In our new series, we look at eight cities where live music has exploded — from legendary hubs like Chicago and Nashville, to rising hot spots like Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Portland, Maine. The latest? New Orleans , where Bourbon Street is only the beginning. Live music is thriving in the city beyond Bourbon Street, from the steadily growing number of clubs on Frenchmen Street to unlikely, one-of-a-kind venues like Music Box Village, where artists including Norah Jones and bounce legend Big Freedia have played among a backyard full of ramshackle sonic art projects. Any given night in NOLA you can catch traditional jazz, zydeco, swamp pop, funk, rap, and bounce — sometimes on the same bill.
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JazzFest celebrates traditional Louisiana culture and heritage and showcases some high-profile local acts while serving up a heaping mound of ultra-mainstream acts like Robin Thicke, Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, and Eric Clapton. Those who are in New Orleans for the festival will likely spend days in the city without dipping into the rich array of music played in these parts every night, most of which will never wind up on the JazzFest stage. The purpose of the book is to counter the incomplete image of New Orleans that has been planted in your head. Here are two of my favorite interviews in the book. The first is with screamer Mike IX Williams, of classic New Orleans sludge metal band Eyehategod, and the second is with Katey Red, the transsexual queen of bounce rap. Mike IX Williams has fronted the slow, heavy band Eyehategod for over 25 years, and also published the excellent dark and hilarious poetry book, Cancer as a Social Activity Southern Roots Publishing.
Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Select currency. My Plans. Open menu Menu. New Orleans is known for its connection with jazz music — however, the city fosters a multicultural variety of beats that allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy music other than jazz. In this city…the beat always goes on! The Blue Nile Music Venue. Add to Plan.
The ethos of New Orleans encompasses inclusion, community, and creativity. There is a seat at the table for everyone, no French Quarter crust punk or Uptown debutante left behind. The collaborative artistic spirit of New Orleans has created a culture defined by music. Below the surface of renowned jazz musicians performing at The Maple Leaf and brass bands booming on Frenchmen Street exists a flourishing realm of local music hidden beneath the glitz and glamour of classic New Orleans music. The DIY scene in New Orleans is a network of artists, venues, and labels who work to keep local music that exists on the fringe alive. However, after Hurricane Katrina, there was a noticeable shift in the way alternative artists and musicians made their way in the city. Though many fled New Orleans, its musical roots could not be washed away. With no rules and little left to lose, artists could run free. Though there is a great disparity between New Orleans 15 years ago and New Orleans today, the DIY music scene is a remaining pulse of underground local music.