17 Stops On A Musical Tour Of New Orleans
From locations mentioned in lyrics to legendary landmarks, there's one thing for sure: These streets were built for dancing. Boogie on down to the bayou and Follow Your NOLA!
1. Burgundy Street (Marigny)
Pronounced Bur-GUN-dy, and strolled down arm-in-arm by Tom Waits in "I Wish I Was in New Orleans"
2. Rampart and Canal (French Quarter)
The infamous corner that was a former border of New Orleans' "Storyville" Red Light District decades ago, documented by Fats Domino in "The Fat Man"
3. Roosevelt Hotel (Central Business District)
Where bigwigs threw parties, leaving the little men behind in Randy Newman's "Kingfish"
4. Toulouse Street (French Quarter)
Where Bobby Charles wanted to get loose with The Band, originally done by Doug Kershaw, on "Down South in New Orleans"
5. Audubon Zoo (Audubon Park)
Where The Meters are friendly with all the zoo animals because "They All Ask'd for You"
6. Jackson Square (French Quarter)
Where Mason Jennings played music and found heartbreak in "Jackson Square"
7. Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar (Tremé)
Crooned famously by Jessie Hill, grandfather of Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty)
10. Congo Square (Tremé)
America's musical birthplace, with spirit and superstition captured by The Neville Brothers' "Congo Square"
13. Ernie K-Doe's Mother-In-Law Lounge (Tremé)
The Crescent City's performance haven specifically set up for living legends, named for/by Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-In-Law" – a truthful, tongue-in-cheek tune that Little Richard praises as: "Ain't nothing but two songs gonna make it to the end of the world – 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and 'Mother-In-Law!'"'
14. The Fly (Uptown / Garden District)
A perfect spot on the Mississippi river banks to settle into a nice sunset, the southern skies, the trees, and the breeze that Allen Toussaint can't stop sweetly singing about in "Southern Nights"
15. J&M Music Shop (French Quarter / Tremé)
Now a laundromat, a bunch of displays and plaques remain at the historical site of recording impresario Cosimo Matassa – creator of the "New Orleans Sound" – where hits like Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" came to life, along with the careers of legends like Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Allen Toussaint, and more
16. Preservation Hall (French Quarter)
The enduring foundation of New Orleans jazz since 1961 with a world-class house band spreading city tradition to new generations in town and on tour
17. WWOZ (French Quarter)
New Orleans' legendary public radio station backed by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, boasting 30+ years of curated community music-sharing, and immortalized in song by Better Than Ezra