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New Orleans Music Tour

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  • 2-hour, musical walking tour of New Orleans
  • See the city's most vibrant neighborhoods through music
  • Visit historic landmarks and highlights
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New Orleans Music Tour
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New Orleans Music Tour
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Overview
Experience the unforgettable sounds of New Orleans on a 2-hour musical tour with an experienced guide. Learn about the efforts to protect New Orleans jazz at the Preservation Hall, then explore the historically vibrant Tango Belt. Visit unnamed and famous musicians at the New Orleans Musicians Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1 and hear the stories of Congo Square’s rhythms and rituals as you tour Louis Armstrong Park. See the former home of J & M Studios then learn about today’s New Orleans Bounce Music and thriving street music scene.
What to Expect
Stroll through the Tango Belt to the New Orleans Musicians Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1, the use of which was donated by the musical dynasty Barbarin Family for free burial to musicians. The first burial to take place was of Lloyd Washington of the Ink Spots on October 23, 2004.

From the cemetery you will check out the remains of Storyville (including Frank Early’s “My Place” Saloon where “Pretty Baby” was written), fabled turn-of-the-century red light district whose parlors presented the likes of King Oliver, Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and many more during the time when jazz was born.

From Storyville, check out the Basin Street Station and then venture into Louis Armstrong Park, the location of Congo Square, historic site of African slave gatherings, the only place in North American where pure West African religious ritual and musical traditions were performed.

Congo Square is considered the wellspring of all New Orleans music and consequently so much of the world’s most popular song. It is also the site of the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (1970) and the Municipal Auditorium.

After leaving Armstrong Park, enter the building which housed the legendary J&M Studios which created the “New Orleans Sound” with such New Orleanians as Professor Longhair, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Guitar Slim, Shirley & Lee, Lloyd Price, Ernie K-Doe, Allen Toussaint, Clarence “Frogman” Henry and visitors including Little Richard, Ray Charles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Learn the origins of New Orleans Bounce Music and check out the world’s greatest street musicians who are carrying the flame to this very day.
Reviews (10)
1 - 5 of 8 reviews
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile
Take this tour if you love music!

Dave is a musician in New Orleans and he is very knowledgeable about its history. We learned a lot about NOLA’s music as well as it’s general history. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Thank Johnna T
Reviewed 25 September 2018
An entertaining and enlightening walk with music supplied.

A nice two hour stroll through the French Quarter and nearby. Lots of history of the people, the city and the music. Don't wait to ask questions, your guide won't take his first breath until about an hour in.

Thank In50by50
Reviewed 13 June 2018
Magnificent Music tour

I had no idea how much music New Orleans has created for the world! I thought it was just jazz until I took this very enlightening tour.

Thank chuckmack8
Reviewed 30 April 2018
Excellent Music Tour

I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans who wants to learn about music and not just jazz but all kinds. This tour made our jazz fest experience a lot better than it would have been.

1  Thank samwilliams7777
Reviewed 6 April 2018
Great tour, probably not for non musical people.

It was very obvious that our guide was an extremely skilled and knowledgeable musician and author. I found the tour fascinating but my non musical, foreign born partner was completely bored. If you have musical background this tour is for you!!!

Thank Cindy G
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