Music Gumbo is a two-hour guided walking tour through the French Quarter, across Rampart Street and into Louis Armstrong Jazz Park to a place called Congo Square where American music was born. With every story your music tour guide will play a snippet of music related to the story, mostly original recordings.
The Music Gumbo tour tells a surprising 300-year history of New Orleans’ birthing of jazz, nurturing of rhythm ‘n’ blues and the hits from America first rock ‘n’ roll recording studio. The music that made that Gumbo reaches back a century and a half earlier to 1750s French colonists granting slaves freedom on Sundays. 18th, 19th and 20th – opera, gospel and songs sung by bawdy sailors in saloons near the Mississippi River docks. The most amazing story is that it all happened in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods.
Highlights of Music Gumbo
Buddy Bolden, The Eagle Saloon, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, spasm bands, Dixieland Jazz, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, The French Opera House, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lenny Kravitz and Mos Def, Jelly Roll Morton, Storyville, Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras Indians, funerals and 2nd Line band’s, J & M Recording Studio.
There are so many places to stop and so many great stories to tell its hard to hone it down to a two-hour tour. Our playlists are just as thorough. (The tour route for the day is at the discretion of the guide)
Add-On A Special Live Performance
The African Drum Circle & Dance (optional $450) – Want to feel the rhythms in your bones? Want to truly touch the origins New Orleans music? For only $450 and 45 additional minutes at the end of the park tour we’ll return to Congo Square for a African Drum & Dance Circle in which your group participates. Everyone in your group can participate in learning and performing the music and dance that were central to the Sundays of freedom allowed to enslaved African under colonial French and Spanish law.
Option to purchase African Drum Circle & Dance is available during checkout
New Orleans Music Memories
Music triggers memories and emotions that last longer than the details of the spoken word. Since 2012 New Orleans Music Tours LLC has presented engaging and memorable tour experiences to great accolades, none better than seeing their eyes light up as they realize that New Orleans truly is the center of the musical universe.
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Tickets are $28 for adults, $20 with student ID, $10 for children (8 to 12 years) Tours at 10:00 A.M. & 2:00 P.M. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, toe tapping encouraged. Special group rates available.
RAIN or SHINE the Music Gumbo tour goes out. We may alter the route a bit to keep you and our audio equipment dry