Street Musicians on Royal or Frenchmen – Family Fun

Moderately Family Friendly – Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen Street forks off of the intersection of Decatur and Esplanade streets. Five blocks long and one singular mind, great music clubs.  No strip clubs, no t-shirt shops, no dueling speaker volume between clubs and no barkers or cover bands.  Its a wide variety of music anchored by jazz, mostly traditional and quite a wide range of styles. You may see brass bands, European Gypsy ‘hot jazz‘ and swing.  Quiet during the day it’s, hoppin’ at night.  The street music is principally day-time, a few bands some with local car and truck traffic.

Not Family Friendly – Bourbon Street

At night Bourbon Street (yikes) closed to vehicle traffic is manic, throbbing music, bright lights, beer and mostly adult 21years or older. By day Bourbon opens to cars and lots of delivery trucks, mostly beer trucks. Rarely is street music seen. Too noisy with clean-up crews and trucks.  Just one block over is the serenity of Royal Street. No bars, beer deliveries conversely by day it’s closed to vehicles. It’s antiques, galleries and street performers of all kinds – music, magics and strange living mannequins.. Musically jazz predominates and like Frenchmen Street its a wide range. Occasionally you may see a classical harpist or resounding opera performance.  Its a tiny taste of what Frenchmen Street is about.

Ultimate In Family Friendly – Royal Street

I’ve begun doing very brief interviews with the  street musicians on Royal. Three or four questions. Rarely more that two minutes.  The stories of the musicians are more intriguing than I expected.  The “where ‘re you from?” and “why ‘re you playing here?” answers are not what I expected,  The one below was shot on Frenchmen Street late afternoon in November 2014. Others are posted on our YouTube ,  Enjoy.

For info and schedules for many of the night clubs go to Frenchmen Street Live.  Daytime street music performers have no web site, no schedule, just stroll, enjoy and tip.

Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Festival – Louisiana Music On Tour

… kudos to the organizers of the Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Festival in Charlestown, Rhode Island, held every year on the weekend before Labor Day.  This year it featured lots of excellent music, plenty of dance opportunities, and a healthy representation of Louisiana musicians — the Red Stick Ramblers and their doppleganger, The Revelers, Steve Riley, Yvette Landry (boot-scootin’ honky-tonk), Roddie Romero, Feufollet, Cedric Watson, Geno Delafose, Corey Ledet (rockin’ the dance floor), and others.

The music wasn’t just Louisiana performers but Louisiana music and culture was clearly the underpinning theme.  Check out the photo of the decorations in one of the performance tents.Rhythm 'n' Roots decorations

Ya gotta love it – purple, green, and gold!  You can be 1500 miles from New Orleans and half a calendar year away from Carnival yet still be surrounded by its spirit.

Put it on your calendar for next year – every Labor Day weekend.