Hawaii Mom Blog: Visit New Orleans: Preservation Hall




May 16, 2023

Visit New Orleans: Preservation Hall

Disclosure: Our tickets were complimentary.  Gratuity was paid on my own.

A highlight for me during our trip to New Orleans was attending an intimate Jazz concert at Preservation Hall, and what better place to experience my first ever Jazz concert than in New Orleans - the birthplace of Jazz!

Founded in 1961, Preservation Hall welcomes all ages. It is rich in history, and the authenticity of the room - wooden benches, no air conditioning - only enhances the experience.

There were only a few benches, and you can buy tickets for the first row, general admission (remaining rows), or standing.  We stood in line early enough to get second row seating (it's recommended to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the show start time), but the intimacy of the room offers a great view for pretty much the entire room.

No photos or videos were allowed during the performance, but I can tell you that it was a lively and engaging atmosphere, where the audience (or the "partyence, as they called us), clapped, snapped, sang, and danced along to a band consisting of a grammy nominee, a grammy winner, and other notable jazz musicians with an impressive musical pedigree.

Band members included:

•Mark Brooks (Bass)
•Aron Lambert (Drums)
•Craig Klein (Trombone)
•Kevin Louis (Long Cornet)
•Louis Ford (Clarinet)
•Rickie Monie (Piano)

There were a few familiar songs performed, but most were new to me, and it was overall such a fabulous experience.  Towards the end, they will pass around a hat if anyone wants to offer any gratuity.  
The audience, which included a surprising number of kids (including my family), was moved by the performances.  The entire concert lasted about 45 minutes long, and I wish it could've gone on longer!

There are multiple performances throughout the day, but they tend to sell out, so it's highly recommended you get your tickets online as soon as possible.

There are no restrooms in the venue, nor any concessions for food or drink, but there is a little gift shop.  

Parking was easy to find, as there are many parking lots nearby.

For an authentic New Orleans Jazz experience, be sure to take in a concert at Preservation Hall!

Preservation Hall
726 St Peter
New Orleans, LA 70116

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