What Is It About New Orleans?

What Is It About New Orleans?

In short, New Orleans has everything to make life worth living and improve quality of life; eating, drinking, music, and merry making. All places in the U.S. have their own history, culture, values, and stories that made them who they are, but New Orleans is probably the only one that still connects to its own history on a day-to-day basis. Most major cities boast tall skyscrapers and other majestic, yet unapproachable architectural feats. New Orleans delivers a cozy, accessible, small-town feeling with all of its open architectural characteristics that bring you to a constant conversation with the past stretching back centuries. Present New Orleans is like an easy going person who has seen the world, and carries his fair share of the past (successes and failures alike) with pride and joy. NOLA, we love you!

Music!

It’s the last weekend of Jazz fest, but even if you can’t make it to the festival, you should be sure to check out the after parties all around the city. There will be live music in almost every bar in the city this weekend. Click here for the full lineup of Jazz Fest After Dark events. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Krewe du Vieux this weekend!

Well, it's that time of year again. Houses, trees, tourists. and locals alike will be adorned in colorful plastic jewlery. The beads, the balls, the beer, the masks, the parades! These are all things we revel in during the Carnival season.  This Saturday, January23rd, will be the first parade of the season, Krewe du Vieux. This much anticipated, satirical, XXX, French quarter parade is the one to kick off the next few weeks of debauchery. (Adult supervision recommended.)

26th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

The red carpets will roll out tonight for the start of the 26th annual New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF)! This year is the fest's first year as an Oscar qualifying festival, an awesome feat indeed, considering the state of the event following Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. Today, the festival boasts record highs in number of films shown as well as number of submissions. This week, from October 14-22, 194 films will be shown ranging from full length features and shorts to documentaries and music videos! NOFF will be spread across the city at various venues. Click here for the full schedule.

Welcome October!

Finally, October is here!  October is one of the best months to visit New Orleans. The weather is splendid and there is so much going on! Here are some of the highlights we have to look forward to this month:

Ponderosa Stomp (Oct. 1-3) : Music Festival

Hell Yes Fest (Oct. 1-11) : Comedy Festival

Art for Art's Sake (Oct. 3) : Art Festival

Oktoberfest (Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24) : German Culture Festival

Carnaval Latino (Oct. 10-11) Latin Festival

New Orleans Film Festival (Oct. 15-22)

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival (Oct. 16-18) 

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade  (Oct. 24)

Words & Music: A Literary Feast (Oct. 29-Nov. 2)

Voodoo Music Experience (Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

New Orleans Jazz

New Orleans has been called many things, but quiet is never one of them. You don’t have to go to Jazz Fest to hear the sounds that make this city so special and unlike any other. Wether you are walking down the historic streets of the French Quarter, drinking a cafe au lait (or beer?) by the Mississippi River, or sitting down to brunch on a Sunday, you will never be out of earshot of a soulful musician.  New Orleans is the birthplace of Dixieland, a term used to describe Classic or Traditional jazz music. This style of jazz can have few or many instruments, but is characterized primarily by improvisation. One instrument carries the melody, and the others improvise around that tune. It’s an experiential way of playing music, and magical to hear.  If you miss Jazz Fest this year, be sure to check out some Traditional Jazz music at the famous Preservation Hall of any number of bars, music venues, or street corners in New Orleans!