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Bombay Club -- Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 586-0972 -- Upscale jazz spot with a smoking-club feel and notorious martinis. Live music Wed-Sat. Opens at 4 daily. (S-3)

Café Brasil -- 2100 Chartres St., 949-0851-- A culturally diverse melting pot -- both the clientele and the music (Latin, reggae, hip-hop, world beat, alternative). Live music nightly. Open 8 p.m.-4 a.m. daily. (V-4)

Carrollton Station -- 8140 Willow St., Riverbend, 865-9190 -- A favorite spot to catch hot local alternative, blues and roots rock bands in an intimate setting. Live music Thu-Sun. Opens at 3 daily. (E-5)

Check Point Charlie -- 501 Esplanade Ave., 949-7012 -- For when you're in the mood to do laundry, watch promising bands and drink like a sailor. Live music nightly. Open 24 hours. (V-4)

Chris Owens Club -- 500 Bourbon St., 523-6400 -- Chris has been a New Orleans institution for years, and you'll see why as she struts her stuff in front of a Latin band. Live music nightly; dance music late-night. Opens at 8 nightly. (S-3)

Crescent City Brewhouse -- 527 Decatur St., 522-0571 -- This spacious restaurant and brewpub always has several original beers on tap, and is home to a snazzy jazz combo and scenic balcony. Live music nightly. Open 11-10 Sun-Thu, Fri-Sat 11-midnight; bar open later. (S-4)

Donna's Bar & Grill -- 800 Rampart St., 596-6914 -- The undisputed home of the area's finest brass bands. Donna's has an old-school New Orleans jukebox, and is so small you have to walk through the band to get to the bathroom. Live music Wed-Mon. Opens at 8:30 p.m. Thu-Mon. (T-2)

Funky Butt -- 714 N. Rampart St., 558-0872 -- This dim, intimate atmosphere sets the tone for an old-school jazz club. Big names frequently play here, and it draws a wildly diverse crowd. Live music nightly. Opens at 9 p.m. daily. (T-2)

Funky Pirate -- 727 Bourbon St., 523-1960 -- The 1799-era building is a Caribbean pirate's paradise, with strong drinks and loud blues bands. Live music nightly. Open 5-2 a.m. Mon-Thu, noon-3 a.m. Fri-Sun. (T-3)

House of Blues -- 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE (2583) -- Voted 'Best Live Music Venue' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll-- Yeah, it's a franchise. But this one is New Orleans-centric enough (the food, the folk art, the always-impressive musical lineup) to make us forget. Live music nightly. Restaurant open 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11-noon Fri-Sat; club opens 8 p.m. daily (may vary). (S-4)

Howlin' Wolf -- 828 S. Peters St., 529-5844 -- *Voted 'Best Live Music at 3 a.m.* in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- A groovy warehouse that features a diverse menu of local and national talent. Live music Mon-Sat. Opens at 9 Mon-Sat. (Q-5)

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville -- 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565 -- Parrothead paradise featuring live music and island-themed food daily. Restaurant open 11-10:30 daily; music from 3-midnight daily. (U-4)

Jimmy's Music Club -- 8200 Willow St., Riverbend, 861-8200 -- An Uptown institution that often hosts hot acts during Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and other special events. Call for details. (E-5)

Kerry Irish Pub -- 331 Decatur St., 527-5954 -- Guinness, anyone? This comfortable bar offers live Irish and alternative folk music nightly. Opens at 2 daily. (S-4)

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop -- 941 Bourbon St., 523-0066 -- The oldest bar in the city. Ernest Hemingway would have hung out in this musky cave featuring world-class Bloody Marys and acoustic musicians. Live music regularly. Opens at noon daily. (T-3)

Le Bon Temps Roulé -- 4801 Magazine St., 895-8117 -- A favorite all-around place to see live bands, drink local brews and grab a burger. There's free oysters on Fridays, never a cover, and a truly rockin' jukebox. Live music Wed-Sat. Opens at 11 daily. (F-6)

Live Bait Bar & Grill -- 501 River Rd., Jefferson, 831-3070 -- *Voted 'Best Ladies' Night' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- Laid-back watering hole near the river, featuring blues, folk, R&B, jazz, zydeco and roots rock. Live music regularly. Opens at 4 Mon-Fri, at noon Sat. (E-5)

Louisiana Music Factory -- (See listing in Shops & Spas section under "Music Stores.") Live performances nearly every Saturday afternoon.

le chat noir -- 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812 -- Innovative music and theater performances, cabaret and cocktails; free parking. Piano bar open at 6 Tue-Sat; tango music Tue, cabaret shows at 8 Thu-Sat with pianist following. (Q-4)

Maison Bourbon -- 641 Bourbon St. -- Jamil Sharif performs traditional New Orleans Jazz beginning 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Thursday. (T-3)

Maple Leaf Bar -- 8316 Oak St., Riverbend, 866-LEAF (5323) -- A cramped, out-of-the-way mecca with tons of personality and a loyal crowd. Tuesday-night Rebirth Brass Band shows are a guaranteed good time. Live music nightly. Opens at 3 daily. (E-5)

Mermaid Lounge -- 1100 Constance St., 524-4747 -- Party with a casual, alternative (read: freaks) crowd in this hard-to-find local favorite. It boasts great mermaid art and new bands you won't find anyplace else: rockabilly, alternative, funk and more. Performances and hours vary; call for details. (Q-5)

Mid-City Lanes Rock'n'Bowl -- 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133 -- This laid-back, friendly bowling alley is one of the favored places in town to catch the best in zydeco, blues, roots rock and more. Live music Tue-Sun; sister club downstairs features live music nearly every Sat. Opens Mon-Fri at 11; Sat-Sun at noon. (F-4)

Mulate's -- 201 Julia St., 522-1492 -- This restaurant/bar features hearty authentic Louisiana fare, which will fortify you for a night of Cajun two-stepping with help from instructors. Live music nightly. Open 11-11 daily. (Q-5)

O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub -- 508 Toulouse St., 529-1317 -- This authentic slice of Eire offers the Informer pub, the intimate Ballad Room music venue, and a Celtic gift shop Live music nightly. Open noon-3:30 a.m. daily. (T-4)

Palm Court Jazz Café -- 1204 Decatur St., 525-0200 -- The quality of traditional jazz musicians who play here regularly, plus the classy setting, is worth the cost of the food. Live music Wed-Sun. Open Wed-Sun 7-11. (U-4)

Pete Fountain's Jazz Club -- 2 Poydras St. (Hilton Riverside Hotel), 523-4374 -- The legendary clarinet virtuoso performs New Orleans music the way it's meant to sound. Reservations recommended; club accepts only AmEx. Fountain and his band play 10 p.m. shows every Tue, Fri and Sat. (R-5)

Praline Connection Gospel and Blues Hall -- 907 S. Peters St., 523-3973 -- Authentic soul, blues and gospel music performed by rising stars and New Orleans mainstays. The Sunday gospel brunch is a don't-miss. Live music Thu-Sat; gospel brunch Sun. (Q-5)

Preservation Hall -- 726 St. Peter St., 522-2841 -- Jazz institution extraordinaire, featuring the city's finest Dixieland and traditional New Orleans-style jazz performances. Live music nightly. Open 8-midnight nightly. (T-3)

Red Room -- 2040 St. Charles Ave., 528-9759 -- *Voted 'Best Cosmopolitan' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- A classy supper club that features swing, jazz, dance music and eclectic performers, and draws big crowds of all ages depending upon the show. Live music Wed-Sun. Opens at 5 daily. (M-4)

Shim Sham Club -- 615 Toulouse St., 565-5400 -- It features diverse musical acts, but the emphasis is on jazz, as evidenced by a jukebox that displays an appreciation for older standards. A hip newcomer that's here to stay. Music nightly. Open 2-6 a.m. daily. (T-3)

Snug Harbor -- 626 Frenchman St., 949-0696 -- Its ultra-intimate setting is perfect for jazz shows, and Snug Harbor presents some of the best. Live music nightly. Opens at 5 nightly; showtimes at 9 & 11. (V-4)

Steamboat Natchez -- Docks at Jackson Brewery, 586-8777 -- Jazz cruises 11:30 and 2:30 daily; 7 p.m. nightly. (T-4)

Storyville District -- 125 Bourbon St., 410-1000 -- This joint venture between the Ralph Brennan restaurant family and Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis brings top-flight New Orleans musicians back to Bourbon Street. Live music nightly. Open 5-11 daily for food, 5-midnight daily for music. (R-3)

Sweet Kathleen's Dixieland Jazz Club -- 308 Decautr, 311 N. Peters, next to Bienville House Hotel, 568-0080 -- Traditional jazz nightly at 8 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. (S-4)

Sweet Lorraine's -- 1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654 -- Surely Louis Armstrong is looking down at this juke joint and smiling. It's authentic, egalitarian and just plain smokin'. Open Wed-Sun; live music Thu-Sun. Thu-Sat shows start at 10 and midnight; Sun has an early show from 7-11. (W-3)

Tipitina's -- 501 Napoleon Ave. (Uptown), 891-7994; 233 N. Peters St., (French Quarter),566-7062; 1101 Convention Center Blvd. (Ruins), 527-5700 -- The original Uptown location is a "favorite son" New Orleans landmark; the newer venues have recently brightened the city's music scene. Don't forget to rub Professor Longhair's head (Uptown) for good luck. Live music Uptown Thu-Sun; French Quarter nightly, Ruins varies. Hours vary. (F-6) (S-4) (Q-6)

Tin Roof Café -- 532 Frenchmen St., 948-3100 -- Veteran clarinetist Jack Maheu leads a band of savvy players through a program of traditional and classic jazz at this throwback to the jazz clubs of yore. Open 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wed-Sun. (V-4)

Treasure Chest Casino -- 443-8000 -- Its "Treasure Fest" concert series features notable local and national acts. Call for details.

Tropical Isle -- 738 Toulouse St., 525-1689; 721 Bourbon St., 529-4109 -- A can't-miss stop during a French Quarter bar crawl, due to its knockout drinks and bands who play fun party songs. Locals prefer the Toulouse location. Live music nightly at both locations. Toulouse open noon-2 a.m. Sun-Thu, Fri-Sat noon-3 a.m., Bourbon open noon-3 a.m. Sun-Thu; noon-6 a.m. Fri-Sat. (T-3) (T-3)Vaughan's -- 800 Lesseps St., 947-5562 -- This stomping, romping bar is as remote as they come, but what it lacks in convenience, it makes up for in genuine N'awlins soul. Kermit Ruffins' regular Thursday-night performances are legendary. Opens at 11 daily. (I-5)

click to enlarge Preserving Music History -  - Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St., 522-2841) brings visitors back to the sights and sounds of the 1920s, when jazz began to sweep through the nation and New Orleans reigned as its undisputed home. Stepping into this French Quarter landmark, set apart with its Creole-mansion architectural stylings, is a journey back in time: though Preservation Hall was established in 1961, its decor is strictly that of the Roaring '20s. The seven-piece house band has a rotating membership, featuring New Orleans' jazz elite. To keep your head up and your ears in tune, Preservation Hall does not offer the typical club amenities of smoking, food or alcohol. The focus in this throw-back club is clearly on the music. And to the jazz aficionados that pack the hall nightly, that makes all the difference.-- Frank Etheridge
  • Preserving Music History

    Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St., 522-2841) brings visitors back to the sights and sounds of the 1920s, when jazz began to sweep through the nation and New Orleans reigned as its undisputed home. Stepping into this French Quarter landmark, set apart with its Creole-mansion architectural stylings, is a journey back in time: though Preservation Hall was established in 1961, its decor is strictly that of the Roaring '20s. The seven-piece house band has a rotating membership, featuring New Orleans' jazz elite. To keep your head up and your ears in tune, Preservation Hall does not offer the typical club amenities of smoking, food or alcohol. The focus in this throw-back club is clearly on the music. And to the jazz aficionados that pack the hall nightly, that makes all the difference.-- Frank Etheridge

click to enlarge Loud, Lean and Local -  - A must-see shrine on the New Orleans music map, the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St., Riverbend, 866-LEAF) knows how to throw a party into the wee hours like no other place in town. Not limiting itself to any one genre, the Maple Leaf plays host to a variety of local acts. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has held monthlong residencies, and the ReBirth Brass Band moves the crowd every Tuesday night. Adding to this mix of brass band funk, local faves such as the searing blues of Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, the eclectic jazz of Astral Project and the jammy-grooves of idletime are regulars in the rotation. With all this variety, one thing about seeing music at the Maple Leaf is certain -- the night will be long and loud.-- Frank Etheridge
  • Loud, Lean and Local

    A must-see shrine on the New Orleans music map, the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St., Riverbend, 866-LEAF) knows how to throw a party into the wee hours like no other place in town. Not limiting itself to any one genre, the Maple Leaf plays host to a variety of local acts. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has held monthlong residencies, and the ReBirth Brass Band moves the crowd every Tuesday night. Adding to this mix of brass band funk, local faves such as the searing blues of Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, the eclectic jazz of Astral Project and the jammy-grooves of idletime are regulars in the rotation. With all this variety, one thing about seeing music at the Maple Leaf is certain -- the night will be long and loud.-- Frank Etheridge

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