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Louisiana Blues Styles

Blues Style - New Orleans Blues, Jazz, Zydeco
Unique to Louisiana (New Orleans)

New Orleans just does things different, and music is no exception. New Orleans' close proximity to the Mississippi Delta, coastal regions, the French who first settled it and the Caribbeans allowed it to be the ideal place for an urban mixing of musical styles. The New Orleans style distinctly utilizes horns, accordion and the piano to this day. The city is filled with musical venues, most notably in the French Quarter, where Blues and Jazz clubs can be found every few feet. New Orleans has always hosted a diverse number of musical talents, and as popular music such as Jazz & Blues (and later R&B, Soul and Rock) began to take shape, the town produced a number of vastly influential artists, among them are Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Louis Prima and Dr. John.

Louisiana Blues Societies

Baton Rouge Blues Society
P.O. Box 65378
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Voodoo Blues Krewe
2232 Wilton St
Marrero, Louisiana
504 341-9854

Louisiana Blues Clubs

The Famous Door
339 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Matt's Notes: Bluescentric can vouch, last two times we were in New Orleans the band(s) were simply amazing. It's an excellent contrast to the commercialized junk plaguing Bourbon St. these days. In our opinion, simply the best Blues bar on Bourbon, hands down. It's also a great defacto end of a Blues trek through the South.

Bourbon Street Blues Company
441 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

House of Blues
225 Decatur St.
(French Quarter)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Matt's Notes: This is our favorite HOB, and we've been to a couple. Great music, excellent ambiance... It's quintessentially everything you'd expect out of House of Blues. Since Katrina though, be sure to pay special attention to the hours of operation. We wouldn't want you missing out on a great time!

Rock N' Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Matt's Notes: this is the place to see Blues and roots music in New Orleans! ...And you can knock over a few pins at the same time. Tab Benoit sharpened his teeth here, as well a number of other extremely talented Blues artists. It's one excellent place to check out.

Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Matt's Notes: Chickie Wah Wah is one heck of a great new(ish) place to catch amazing live blues nearly any night with some one of a kind ambiance. They're down in Mid-City, just a quick trolley ride away from the French Quarter. They serve great food in a New Orleans tradition, and have hosted players like Anders Osborne, John Fohl & Johnny Sansone, Kim Wilson, Roy Rogers and C.C. Adcock, John Mooney and many more. They're newly non smoking and they're lining up an even bigger gumbo of blues artists in the upcoming year! Check 'em out!

Blues Club
238 (ish) Bourbon Street (Look for the big "blues club" sign!)
(French quarter)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70310
Matt's Notes: Seriously, the Blues Club still has the blues, and they have it with style, pizzaz and a real love of the music. Of any places in the French Quarter short of it's smaller, younger sister Sing-Sing, this is the place to catch some serious live blues. If you're lucky, you may even see the owners themselves up on stage blowing the blues harp or some serious horn. Go there.

Roque's Blues Hall
235 Carver Avenue
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457
Matt's Notes: This is one old school Juke Joint! Literally... it's been around since something like the 1930s! Roque is pronounced "rock", fyi. It's a clean, nonviolent place that houses some amazing blues. Their beer prices ain't nothin' to sneeze at either! If you want to find a genuine Juke, this is definitely the place to be.