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New Orleans Music Guides
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Find out who’s playing where in New Orleans live music venues. For the best guides to the New Orleans music scene on the web
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If you’re serious about New Orleans music, see Satchmo.
New Orleans most famous native son and entertainment legend, Louis Armstrong, lends his nickname, Satchmo, to this extraordinary website. Includes New Orleans and Louisiana music news, live music and events calendar, archives, music clubs and artists directory
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Who’s Who in New Orleans & Louisiana
New Orleans and Louisiana are the birthplace of many famous celebrities and historic figures from the entertainment industry, sports and politics. Some of the more famous musicians and entertainers including Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville, the Marsalis family, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Tim McGraw and Britney Spears. Famous New Orleans and Louisiana born sports celebrities include Peyton and Eli Manning, Terry Bradshaw and Shaquille O’Neil. Famous actors from New Orleans include Dorothy Lamour, Ellen DeGeneres, Harry Connick, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and John Larroquette. There are also many famous literary figures who have called New Orleans home including Truman Capote, William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams.

New Orleans is a haven for celebrities. Many famous celebrities have New Orleans Celebritiesmoved to New Orleans or have bought second homes in the Crescent City. New Orleans has long been considered a safe and quiet place for celebrities to escape the fans and paparazzi that are often present in other cities  Some famous celebrities who have taken up residence in New Orleans are Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Delta Burke, John Goodman, Steven Seagal and of course the famous chef, Emeril Lagasse.

For websites of New Orleans and Louisiana actors, authors, musicians, politicians, chefs, athletes, legends, heroes and saints. All associated in some interesting way with the city of New Orleans or Louisiana.
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New Orleans & Louisiana Fishing Charters & Guides
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Fishing is the most popular outdoor entertainment in Louisiana. Although not considered a traditional form of entertainment, in South Louisiana, fishing is entertainment. While the rest of New Orleans Fishing Guides, Louisiana Fishing Guidesyour friends enjoy the music and restaurants, you can head out on the greatest fishing trip of your life. Just an hour or so from the French Quarter are fishing charters and fishing guides ready to take you on a fishing trip to the best recreational fishing grounds in North America.
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New Orleans and Louisiana Festivals
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Festivals are year round in Louisiana.
From jazz to gospel to zydeco, you'll find plenty of great music, food and entertainment at every festival Louisiana Music Festivalsyou visit. You can find great food and music at festivals right here in New Orleans such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival, the annual Fourth of July ‘Go Fourth on the River Festival’, the Greek Festival, the Satchmo Summer Fest and the popular VooDoo Music Festival. All the New Orleans festivals have great music and food. New Orleans also has festivals for literature lovers such as the annual Tennessee Williams Festival and Shakespeare festivals.

For lovers of authentic Louisiana, Cajun and Zydeco music, visit festivals such as the Zydeco Festival in Opelousas, Louisiana, "Le Cajun" Music French Quarter FestivalAwards and Festival in Lafayette, Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Louisiana is home to many music genres from country to hip hop but is best known for the music born in the state including Jazz, Cajun and Zydeco. Every form of Louisiana music has several festivals exhibiting the best musicians and bands in the state.

For Louisiana food lovers there are more festivals than you can eat your way through. If you’re a lover of Louisiana seafood, there are many Louisiana festivals for seafood lovers. Like crawfish? There are several Louisiana festivals dedicated to the tasty mudbugs. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana is the most popular of Louisiana’s crawfish festivals, attracting large crowds and featuring many of Louisiana’s best known Cajun bands and musicians. The Louisiana Food FestivalsDelcambre Shrimp Festival and Fair in Delcambre, Louisiana features fresh Louisiana Gulf shrimp prepared in more ways than Bubba could tell Forrest Gump. The Bayou Lacombe Crab Festival in Lacombe, Louisiana just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans features Louisiana blue crabs, arguably the tastiest protein on the planet. At any of Louisiana’s food or music festivals, look for fried Lousiana soft shell crab poboy sandwiches. Poboy is a New Orleans style sub sandwich using French bread. It may be the best thing you ever ate, not just at Louisiana festivals, but anywhere!
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New Orleans’ most famous festival is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival held in late April and early May at the New Orleans Fair Grounds in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. The Jazz New Orleans Jazz and Heritage FestivalFest, as it’s most often called, began in 1971 as a small gathering of Jazz musicians and jazz fans in Congo Square in the New Orleans Central Business District. Within a few years, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival had grown into one of the world’s largest and best known music festivals.

Only the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreau Jazz Festival in Switzerland rival the New Orleans Jazz Fest as a popular venue for Jazz music. No festival rivals the New Orleans Jazz Fest in depth and breadth of overall music talent and variety. The Jazz Fest features numerous stages, with several stages hosting different music genres from Jazz music to Cajun music to Gospel. Each year some of the world’s greatest music acts such as the British band U2, headline the hundreds of music acts that entertain the fans at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.
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There are nearly 1,000 restaurants in the city of New Orleans. For a city of just 350,000 people, that’s a lot of restaurants. Unlike most American cities, the vast majority of New Orleans restaurants are family owned and not corporate chain New Orleans Restaurantsrestaurants. From New Orleans French Creole restaurants older than most states such as Antoine’s, Arnaud’s and Commander’s Palace to the hundreds of family owned neighborhood restaurants and po-boy shops, you’ll find great New Orleans food at each and every one. The arrival of many diverse ethnic groups in New Orleans over her long history has given rise to a great variety of cuisines from French, Cajun and Italian and Soul Food restaurants to Mexican, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern and Japanese restaurants. New Orleans has a great selection of seafood restaurants featuring fresh Louisiana seafood from oysters to redfish. When eating at New Orleans restaurants or sandwich shops, look for the classic New Orleans Italian sandwich, the muffuletta and poboys, the classic New Orleans French bread sandwich stuffed with everything from roast beef to fried soft shelled crabs.
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Live Theater in New Orleans - SEE ALL

New Orleans has a long tradition of live theater. From the Southern Repertory Theater New Orleans Live Theaterand Le Petit Theatre in the French Quarter to Le Theatre Louisiane and the Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, New Orleaneans have always supported live theater. Le Petit Theatre is the oldest continuously running community theatre in the United States. The historic theater is located on Jackson Square in the French Quarter and has been producing stage plays and musicals since 1916.
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Orchestra, Opera & Ballet in New Orleans
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New Orleans offers a variety of performing arts.
When you’ve had enough entertainment dancing to New Orleans Jazz and Funk in New New Orleans BalletOrleans hottest live music venues, dress up for the evening and enjoy the big sounds and stages of New Orleans ballet, opera and orchestras. Some of the most popular orchestras, opera and ballet venues in the New Orleans area are represented by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Ballet Association, the New Orleans Opera Association and the Delta Festival Ballet. High brow entertainment, New Orleans style!
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New Orleans and Louisiana Music
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New Orleans is a Live Music Town.
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Ahh Music! With the possible exception of food, what better illustrates the culture, history and aspirations of a people more than their music! New York has it’s musicals, the Appalachians has it’s Bluegrass and Texas has it’s Tejano music but Louisiana is known as the home of many music genres. Louisiana is the birthplace of Jazz music, Cajun music and Zydeco music, that energized fusion of French Cajun and R&B music. As a state formed from the Mississippi Delta and the birthplace of such rock and roll, blues and R&B legends as Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Ford, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Ernie K-Doe and Fats Domino, Louisiana shares credit with other Deep South states as the birthplace of the Blues, R&B and Rock and Roll music. For music entertainment, there’s no shortage in Louisiana of bands and musicians from today’s most popular music forms from country to pop to hip hop. Louisiana is the birthplace of diverse music stars from country music star Tim McGraw to hip hop musician Fifty Cent to pop star Britney Spears. Music is by far the most popular form of New Orleans entertainment.
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Live Music in New Orleans
Live music entertainment is easy to find in New Orleans and next to restaurants, the most available form of entertainment in the city. New Orleans Jazz MusiciansJust wander around the French Quarter from Bourbon Street to Decatur Street on the river and you’ll hear live music coming from a multitude of French Quarter bars and night clubs. New Orleans musicians are playing all types of music from Dixieland Jazz to pop. There are great live music clubs and music venues spread across the city of New Orleans from Tipitina’s Uptown to Vaughn’s in the Bywater neighborhood below the French Quarter. If your favorite New Orleans entertainment is live music, then be sure to visit the websites of New Orleans best live music venues.
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New Orleans Bands and Musicians
New Orleans is home to a large community of musicians (and singers). Jazz musicians, rock musicians, classical musicians, Cajun and Zydeco music musicians, R&B musicians, hip hop and pop musicians, country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll musicians. There are rock, funk and punk bands and bands and musicians representing virtually all genres of American music. You can spend weeks in New Orleans and hear a different style of music played live at different venues every night. To learn more about New Orleans bands, musicians and singers…
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New Orleans DJs, Disk Jockeys
If you’re in need of professional music disk jockeys or DJs for entertainment at New Orleans DJsyour next party, wedding or special event, we have websites to the best DJs in the New Orleans area. Many New Orleans DJs have large collections of New Orleans music from Jazz to 60’s R&B with recordings of such famous New Orleans performers such as Fats Domino, Louis Prima and Irma Thomas. These DJs know how to make your next event a real New Orleans party.
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New Orleans Bars, Clubs & Pubs - SEE ALL

If you want a drink any time of day or night, New Orleans is the right town. There’s no closing time or ‘last call’ in New Orleans. Some New Orleans bars are open 24 hours serving early morning bloody Mary’s while serving nightcaps to late night partiers who haven’t yet made it to bed. New Orleans Bars and Live Music ClubsThere are bars in New Orleans to suite anybody's taste from piano bars and jazz clubs to patio bars and hideaways. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, is possibly the oldest bar in America. Built during the French colonial period and home to Jean Lafitte, Louisiana’s most famous pirate at the time of the Louisiana Purchase in1803, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop features great drinks, atmosphere and a piano bar. The French Quarter is home to great New Orleans party bars such as Razoo’s Bar and the Funky Pirate Bar on Bourbon. The greatest of all New Orleans bars is Pat O’Brien’s Patio Bar in the French Quarter. Pat O’Brien’s is arguably the busiest bar in the world, most famous for its signature drink, the Hurricane.

We’ve collected websites for the best New Orleans bars and clubs with listings and detailed information on live music clubs, famous Bourbon Street watering holes and the best places to hang with the locals. Wild and unbridled or relaxed and subdued, nights in New Orleans will always be unforgettable.
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New Orleans area Casinos, Horse Racing and Gambling - SEE ALL

New Orleans has been a center of gambling in America since early settlers first sailed down the Mississippi River from the American territories of New Orleans CasinosKentucky, Ohio and Tennessee to sell their goods to Creole merchants in the French colonial city of New Orleans. That’s many years before Mark Twain first wrote about professional riverboat gamblers on the Mississippi. Today, there are many casinos in New Orleans and the New Orleans area, any of which would have made Mark Twain and other 19th century gamblers blush.

Harrah’s Casino, on Canal Street just a block from the French Quarter, is the centerpiece of New Orleans casinos. Located in a beautiful new classically styled building designed to fit within the New Orleans architectural skyline, Harrah’s Casino is conveniently located between the restaurants and music venues of the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Besides Harrah’s Casino, the most popular casinos in the New Orleans area are Boomtown Casino in Harvey, just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans and the Treasure Chest Casino, just 10 miles from the French Quarter in Kenner, Louisiana.

Just an hour drive to the east of New Orleans are the Gulf Coast casinos of Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis and Pass Christien, Mississippi. These casinos have totally recovered from the devastation of Katrina and have brought first class entertainment and gambling venues to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The New Orleans Fair Grounds is the second oldest race track in the United States and site of the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of horse racing season at the Fair Grounds New Orleans Horse Racingand returning to the old race track is a tradition for many New Orleaneans. Evangeline Downs and Casino in Carencro, Louisiana is the center of horse racing in Acadiana or Cajun Louisiana. The Cajuns have a long history of horse racing and Evangeline Downs is where Cajun bred and trained thoroughbreds get their start.
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