For those who seek the best in both contemporary jazz, as well as most every other musical form from blues, traditional jazz, and even ethnic groups, in a real theater setting, this is the place! In the heart of Frenchmen Street, Snug, as locals call it, also has a good restaurant:
NOT SO BIG SECRET:::::
All those mostly young people waiting outside of nearby PORT OF CALL for one of their iconic burgers with baked potatoes, could simply come to Snug Harbor Restaurant because the same kitchen creates both!!
I used to always order their huge ribeye steak for a very fair $20.00, but I decided that along with the giant baked potato with literally half a cube of butter, I should temper myself.
Meanwhile, as you enter this place, the restaurant section is on the left, the bar straight ahead, with people sometimes lined up against the right wall waiting to enter the theater in the rear. Also, there is balcony seating. This place is casual, and it pays to try to get as close to the stage as possible when seeing super high-profile musicians, like, NICHOLAS PAYTON, any of THE MARSALIS FAMILY, DAVELL CRAWFORD, and my fave, HERLIN RILEY! Once again, these names in all caps, Google to learn if you don’t know who they are, but take my word for it, you won’t see a better show anywhere else!!
If you are in the area, you can sit at the bar for a drink, and listen and see the performance on a TV monitor to decide if you want to pay entrance…but really, like other local live shows, the fee is very little.
This is one spot I think you should make the effort to visit, if you really want to say you visited New Orleans!!