All that Jazz... in the big easy.
The Big Easy without a doubt lives up to its reputation- music is the soul of the city of New Orleans. In every nook and crannie of the city you can enjoy some form of live music that provides a great atmosphere. It's true that in this city you'll never know if who you meet is actually a musician by day or night. There is daily live music at the old U.S Mint from 2-3pm. Surprisingly the concert was performed by a mix of park rangers and museum police. It was really refreshing watching people who have a such a strong passion for music and are incorporating it into part of their job, to introduce people to music of New Orleans.
The French Quarter in New Orleans boast some amazing architecture that would take you back in time. The French Quarter is the oldest neighbourhood in the city of New Orleans dating back to 1718. The French Quarter is now designated as a National Historic landmark due to numerous significant buildings within the area. Most of the current buildings within the French Quarter were build in the 18th century during the Spanish rule or in the 19th century when New Orleans became part of the United States of American. New Orleans also has the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world! The St. Charles line streetcar has been rumbling down its namesake, St Charles Avenue streets since 1835. In 2014, the St Charles line was listed as a National Landmark by the National Park Service. New Orleans and San Francisco are the only two city that have moving streetcar National Historic Landmarks.
Everyone talks about Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans when they visit the city. However, to the locals Bourbon street is no longer what it used to be and it's now the party centre for the French Quarter; many feel it has lost its charm. Many locals recommended a visit to Frenchman street, away from hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. Every bar on Frenchman street has live music starting from 4pm to the wee hours of the morning. Resulting in a large variety of jazz and blues music to suit every individual taste. It is highly recommended to go to The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchman street. The place is rustic and basic but has a brilliant atmosphere for music. Patrons are sure to enjoy listening to local musicians playing their hearts out. The Ritz Carlton is another brilliant venue for live jazz music if you much prefer something more upmarket and comfortable but it does come at a cost. Jeremy Davenport is the hotel's headline entertainer as he and his band perform jazz at the Davenport lounge, which is named after him. Live jazz by Jeremy Davenport and band is played on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. so do drop in when you're in town.
Another large part of New Orleans is the food and drink culture. The mix of southern and Cajun food that you get here in New Orleans is simply amazing. There are so many dishes to try, ranging from chicken and waffles to gumbos and jambalayas. New Orleans's 1st annual fried chicken festival took place this week. It is clear how important fried chicken is to the people of New Orleans as the crowd was overwhelming. It must be said that the chicken was scrumptious. New Orleans also has a verity of traditional cocktails that were created here. In order to try all of them you need to spend a lot of your time in bars, and there's so much more on offer here than just drinking. For more information about the cocktails you could go to http://www.eater.com/2015/2/17/8053293/a-history-of-classic-cocktails-born-in-new-orleans