The last hurrah on the Great River Road.
We love New Orleans.
When we come to town now it’s mainly about two things: music and food.
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.