Music is everywhere in New Orleans, and the South Market District and our surrounding neighborhoods are no exception. There are plenty of great venues nearby, both new and old, where you can hear everyone from local legends like Kermit Ruffins to national superstars like Beyoncé. Here we’ve highlighted five of our favorite spots — we hope to continue adding to the list!
Little Gem Saloon
The Little Gem Saloon is the place to go to hear local favorites like Kermit Ruffins and Meschiya Lake perform on any given night. They’re also popular for their Southern soul food, so head to the Little Gem when you want to hear some great music while eating well.
Upcoming Show: Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns / Friday, June 27 at 8 PM
Built in 1906, the Civic Theatre is the oldest in New Orleans. The theatre recently underwent major renovations and is now one of the best venues in the city for concerts, plays, and films.
Upcoming Show: The Head and the Heart / Wednesday, October 1 at 7 PM
When the biggest acts in the world visit New Orleans, they come here. Of course this is also the home of the New Orleans Saints, Essence Festival, and a number of conventions and events, so there’s a special energy at the Superdome that makes it the ideal venue for blockbuster concerts.
Upcoming Show: Beyoncé & Jay Z / Sunday, July 20 at 8 PM
Champions Square opened to the public in 2010 as the city’s best outdoor venue and one of its most popular entertainment destinations. As a part of the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, Champions Square is home to a lot of music and a lot of Saints tailgaters.
Upcoming Show: Peter Frampton and The Doobie Brothers / Sunday, July 20 at 7 PM
Smoothie King Center
The Smoothie King Center (formerly known as the New Orleans Arena) hosts many national acts on tour through New Orleans. Recent performers include Kings of Leon, Elton John, and Bruno Mars. It’s also the spot to catch a New Orleans Pelicans game!
Upcoming Show: Justin Timberlake / Sunday, August 3 at 8 PM
Have you visited any of these venues in downtown New Orleans? Are you planning on catching any of the upcoming shows?