Great River Road 34 - New Orleans, LA

The last hurrah on the Great River Road.

We love New Orleans.

We have been here at least three times before. We’ve explored the French Quarter, caught a Mardi Gras Parade, taken a Photo Walk, had muffalettas, beignets, gumbo, Jambalaya and more.

When we come to town now it’s mainly about two things: music and food.

Our Formula

We’ve (mostly) got this down to a formula. We know where we want to camp, where to park in the French Quarter, and where to find the music. We worked our New Orleans Date Night formula again, heading down to Frenchmen Street to hear some live music and have some great food.

Music: Shotgun Jazz Band

We strolled around Frenchmen Street and listened to four bands total, but our favorite by far was the Shotgun Jazz Band. I love blues and rock but when I come to New Orleans I want brass and lots of it.

Fronted by Marla Dixon on trumpet and vocals, the Shotgun Jazz Band is a straight-up traditional New Orleans Jazz band in the Revivalist style. If you know what the Louis Armstrong “Hot Jazz” sessions were - that’s the vibe these guys lay down.

On this night much of the normal band was sick so there were a number of stand-ins, but they still delivered a great performance.

The musicians play without sound reinforcement - which means the they have to find a good blend without the aid of a sound guy on a mixer board.

Marla had a vocal mic, but she only used it for announcing songs. Her voice is powerful enough to stand out and the experience of her standing up and just belting out the lyrics was quite powerful.

Here’s a sample of the band I found from YouTube:

Awesome stuff - worth seeking out if you are in the area.

 

Marla Dixon and the Shotgun Jazz Band

Marla Dixon and the Shotgun Jazz Band

Frenchmen Street Market

Frenchmen Street Market

Alligator Sausage Po-Boy

Alligator Sausage Po-Boy

Fresh Crabs

Fresh Crabs

Alligator Meat for your...stew?

Alligator Meat for your...stew?

Pickled Quail Eggs

Pickled Quail Eggs

Rows of seasonings

Rows of seasonings

Westwego Seafood Market

Westwego Seafood Market

Food: Seafood Score

Miranda and I went out for a daddy-daughter date and found us some Po-Boys. We had aligator-sausage and crab.

Just outside the entrance to the state park we stayed at is a seafood market where fresh shrimp, oysters, tuna, redfish and more can be bought practically right off the boats.

We bought some tuna steaks, boudin sausage (both smoked and to cook), crawfish pies, and crab-stuffed mushrooms.

It’s probably a good thing we aren’t always this close to such a place.

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