What are the best concert venues in New Orleans?

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Karen Dalton Beninato

In the city where jazz was born and rock and roll got its sea legs, quality music venues are crucial.

For overall sound quality and ambience the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts tops the list. The venue consistently offers solid booking of top acts. The theater, named after legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, is located in Louis Armstrong Park.
The Little Gem Saloon is reviving music on South Rampart Street in a club that housed jazz acts almost a century ago. Bookings include the first families of New Orleans music, and local breakout stars. Creole cuisine is also part of the experience.

The Blue Nile is a prime spot to experience Frenchmen Street's musical renaissance. Originally the Dream Palace, it was one of the first Frenchmen Street establishments to feature live music, and hasn't let up on bringing the sounds of New Orleans to locals and travelers alike.

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