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Local New Orleans Music Scene

New Orleans is world famous for being the birthplace of jazz. Brass instruments began defining the sound of the city in the 19th century. By the early 1900s the leading musical styles included dixieland and ragtime, both having roots in New Orleans. The history of the New Orleans music scene traces ranges from marching bands to jazz to Cajun music.

The evolution of gospel to blues music also became part of the city's heritage. Louis Armstrong came from the area and went on to be America's leading jazz vocal artist the first half of the 20th century. Fats Domino was a major player who helped usher rock and roll into tne mainstream in the fifties. Other notable artists from New Orleans include Britney Spears, Jimmy Buffett, Aaron Neville, Better Than Ezra, Lil Wayne, Al Hirt, Louis Prima, The Meters and The Dixie Cups.

New Orleans Music Acts

Anders Osborne * Authority Zero * Big Sams Funky Nation * Bronx Kid Productions * Buckwheat Zydeco * Burke Ingraffia * Choo 007 * Cottonmouth Kings * Dash Rip Rock * Dough Baron * DJ EZ Money * Eugene Christopher * Funky Meters * Girl Next Door * Greg Banks * GVE * Hip Hop Is Not Dead * Honey Island Swamp Band * Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes * Julliett and Foreplay * Kandace Raye * Kristin Diablo * Laolga * Little Georgie and the Shuffling Hungarians * Mac Gunn * Mello * None Like Joshua * Off Tha Corna * OB2 * Radiators * Satarias Harrell * Skywalkas * Soul Rebels Brass Band * Stanton Moore * Stormborn * Subdudes * Susan Cowsill Band * Tears and Serenity * Tears of Technology * Theresa Andersson * Thesekondelement * 3rd Echo * Vettes * Voicey

New Orleans Local Music Scene History

The music scene was shut down during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Virtual shows began to take the place of live performance. WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans held a virtual festival in April titled "Festing In Place." Artists booked for the September follow-up show "The Next Fest Thing" included Fats Domino, Tank and the Bangas, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Jon Batiste and Mavis Staples.

The Big Easy celebrates its 300th birthday in 2018, as multiple festivals and events will reflect on the city's rich musical history. Not only is New Orleans known as the birthplace of jazz, it's been a development center for brass, blues, Zydeco, r&b and funk music.

Fans and friends of non-profit Threadhead Records co-founder Chris Joseph raised $50,000 within 7 days from over 270 contributors to help pay for his pancreatic cancer treatment, as reported by WGNO on April 6, 2017. The money was raised through crowdfunding site GoFundMe. Joseph, originally from Los Angeles, helped start the label to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims. The label has released over 50 albums featuring New Orleans local music, raising over $500,000.

You can learn a lot about New Orleans music history at NewOrleansOnline. The site is a comprehensive resource of things to do in the city and contains a lot of information about the legends of the city where jazz began. The site explores the city's musical roots and offers insight to local museums and stories behind the city's legends. It provides many links to nightlife, restaurants, Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, festivals and many other attractions.

New Orleans Music News is a section of the website that covers the local scene with many articles about bands, venues and festivals. The site is useful for local musicians to learn how to apply for festival slots, such as the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest. The section also previews upcoming concerts and reflects on music of the past with the "midday music break."

New Orleans made the national spotlight on February 3, 2013 when Super Bowl XLVII was played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Baltimore Ravens emerged as victors over the San Francisco 49ers after the stadium when dark for over a half hour due to the failure of a relay device located a quarter mile from the stadium. One of the high points of the festivities was the half time show with Beyonce regrouping with Destiny's Child, performing several of their biggest hits.

A memorial was held for New Orleans Music Exchange owner Jimmy Glickman, who died on January 14, 2016 at the age of 52. The store sells PA equipment, guitars, basses, amps and accessories. He was known for providing local music students with instruments. Glickman also was a member of non-profit organization Tipitina's Foundation.

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