Music of New Orleans: Listen and Learn Tour

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Music of New Orleans: Listen and Learn Tour

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This tour is for people with ears - walk or dance through the streets of New Orleans! Listen to the sounds of our city as you walk through one of New Orleans most musical neighborhoods, Treme.

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Duration 87 minutes
Starting time 3:00 PM
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  • Enjoy Armstrong Park and hear the sounds of drumming in Congo Square
  • Walk through the Treme' and listen and learn of Jazz and Zydeco music
  • Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Slave at St Augustine's Church
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Everything from Armstrong to Zydeco! Come listen and walk (or maybe dance if you are so inclined) your way through one of the oldest and most musical neighborhoods of New Orleans. Learn why they say, “All Music (at least American Music) is born in New Orleans!" Undisputedly the birthplace of Jazz, and willing to argue with Memphis till we're blue in the face over who is the birthplace of Rock and Roll, New Orleans is most certainly one of the great musical gems of the world. As you walk from location to location listen as your tour guide plays you some of the best and most historically important music of this great city. Once you get to a location learn about what you just heard as your tour guide places it and its performers into the greater musical and historical context of both our fair city and the United States as a whole. Learn about the great musical legends of New Orleans then and now: from Jelly Roll Morton, to Mahalia Jackson, to Fats Domino, to Trombone Shorty, and the Marsalis family. Gain a greater understanding of the different musical genres that make this city and nation great: from the music of slavery, to traditional jazz, to the industrial rock of the 1990’s! If that isn’t enough enjoy your walk through one of, if not the oldest, African American neighborhoods in the United States - the Treme, made famous after Katrina by the television series of the same name. You will learn some of the history of this incredible neighborhood and the role it has played in New Orleans for almost 300 years. As one of the most beautiful, historic, and important neighborhoods in the history of the United States, Treme is the birthplace of many famous musicians and a great center of culture and life in our city, so this is almost like getting two tours in one!
  • Buy-One-Get-One-Free Hurricane Drinks for adults, the hour prior to the tour
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  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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The Voodoo Lounge, 718 N Rampart Street (corner of Orleans & N Rampart Streets) in the French Quarter. Ticket office is inside.

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4.7 / 5

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I took the "Music of New Orleans: Listen and Learn Tour" --DO IT!!!-- you will not regret it. I forgot the name of the guide ( waited to long to write this, sorry) but she had short brown hair, a great smile, and passion oozing from all over. I will admit I almost didn't make it--came late, and lost an earring in the process-- but I am grateful for their flexibility, and was able to catch up to the tour at Congo Square. There was four of us total, 1-guide a couple from Boston and myself and we spent our time in the Tremé neighborhood. If you love music you owe it to yourself to get educated on all of it, including the race relations, real jazz, and all the stories you don't find in traditional classroom textbooks. Real talk, I will never listen to Jazz, Rock n' Roll or any other music the same. The only thing that could've made this better was if by some miracle Big Freedia popped into the picture to say "What's Good?!"

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