New Orleans Music Tour
Duration: Up to 2 hours 15 minutes
- Get to know the musical side of the Big Easy.
- Learn about the beginnings of some of the world's most well-known artists.
- Bring your entire family! It'll be a hit with them.
Visit Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square, the ancient location of African slave gatherings and the only spot in North America where authentic West African religious rituals and musical traditions were enacted, to begin your exploration of the world's richest musical metropolis. Congo Square is regarded as the birthplace of all New Orleans music and, as a result, much of the world's popular music.
It also houses the Municipal Auditorium and the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (1970). Visit the site of Cosimo Matassa's revolutionary J&M Studios, which gave birth to the "New Orleans Sound." This is where rock 'n' roll truly began. The Tomb of the New Orleans Musicians is a must-see.
It was donated for free burial to musicians by the musical dynasty Barbarin Family. On October 23, 2004, Lloyd Washington of the Ink Spots was the first to be buried. Robert Florence of NOLA Historic Tours repaired the Musicians Tomb and now manages it. Learn about the Second Line and take a stroll down Basin Street to see the ruins of Storyville (including Frank Early's "My Place" Saloon, where "Pretty Baby" was written), a legendary turn-of-the-century red light district whose parlors hosted the likes of King Oliver, Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and others during the early days of jazz.
Then take a trip along the Tango Belt to Norma Wallace's and May Bailey's, as well as the site of the Old French Opera House, before arriving at the iconic Preservation Hall, which epitomizes New Orleans music's history, present, and future. Learn about the history of New Orleans Bounce Music and the world's greatest street musicians who are still carrying the torch today, as well as where the hottest artists are performing.
- Guided tour
- Food and beverages
- Tips (optional)
- Active Military (With valid ID)
- Student 16+ (With valid ID)
- Children (ages 6-12)
- Infant (0-5): Free
New Orleans, USA
Please meet at The Rampart Treehouse on 740 N Rampart Street.
What to Remember
- Please wear weather-appropriate comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Depending on weather circumstances please bring sunscreen, water, a hat, and an umbrella.
- Don't forget your camera!
Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability.
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.