New Orleans, Louisiana

The interplay between Mississippi Delta artists and Delta locales is a riff on repeat. Remember Jackson’s Ace Records? It was vital to the development of New Orleans blues, Dr. John being one of many New Orleans artists to record there. And of course, Mississippi-born blues artists have long settled in New Orleans; Little Freddie King continues performing in the city today.

So watch for appearances by Little Freddie and his “Blues Band” during your visit. Or listen to Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns represent the genre’s younger generation. New Orleans’ Faubourg Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, within walking distance of the French Quarter, stack up live music venues, particularly along Frenchmen Street. Amid the locals, travelers and mix of musical styles – zydeco, jazz, gospel – you’re bound to hear blues. That’s the vibe at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest), too, bathing late April into May with every musical style associated with the city.

Elsewhere in New Orleans, check the performance calendars at House of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Bowl. You can dine at both, and even bowl at the latter, and blues acts come through with regularity.

n.b. For guided music-themed tours in New Orleans, consult Louisiana Travel Services, Gray Line or Sweet Magnolia Tours. Sweet Magnolia also offers multi-day, music-themed tours throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.