The rhythms of offbeat Louisiana: hot music festivals, jazz brunches and wild weekends

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Louisiana is becoming known across the globe as the birthplace of jazz and one of the best places for nightlife in the US. With the arrival of the festival season, now is the ideal time to add musical itineraries onto the holiday calendar. From the Cajun French Music Festival, to the Satchmo SummerFest, here is a taster of the season’s fresh Louisiana sounds…

The Cajun French Music Festival will be held 19 21 of July in New Iberia. With Cajun bands, dancing, food, refreshments, raffles and door prizes, this lively event will serve upbeat Cajun rhythms to the table. Learn more at:

This year’s sizzling Satchmo SummerFest in New Orleans’ French Quarter falls on August 3-5. It is the premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, music and legacy of the Crescent City’s native son, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong. Learn more at:

The Bayou Music Festival ( landing on October 5-6, features up to 15 local bands and performers from the South Louisiana bayou area with music styles including zydeco, country, rock, pop, and more. Food is available for purchase with classic choices ranging from jambalaya, grillades, white beans, hotdogs and hamburgers, chips, sweets and soft drinks. Children 12 years and under are admitted to the festival for free.

Wild weekends in New Orleans are a popular way to experience the music of the Crescent City. New Orleans was awarded the best city in the US for its nightlife music scene, happy hours and wild weekends by the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine in 2012.

Visitors can live like a local by treating themselves to a jazz brunch. A combination of live music and delectable dishes, jazz brunches ensure an authentic Louisiana dining experience. The Court of Two Sisters restaurant in New Orleans is famous for its Jazz Brunch buffet and its creole a la carte dinner served up in the spacious open-air courtyard. Café des Amis, a modern Cajun and creole eatery combined art gallery located in historical downtown Breaux Bridge, serves Zydeco Breakfasts’ on Saturday’s. Also offering live music with their meals are Antoine’s Restaurant and Muriel’s Jackson Square in New Orleans, the Atrium Buffet in Baton Rouge, Luna Bar and Grill in Lake Charles and more. For a larger selection of musical venues to choose from, visit: and select from the Entertainment Listings.

For those eager to experience the glamour and excitement of a big Broadway hit, look no further than Louisiana. Professional touring groups keep theatres across the state abuzz with musicals and productions in locations such as The Strand Theatre in Shreveport (Shreveport is where Elvis Presley got his start), Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette and the Baton Rouge River Center which rests right on the bank of the Mississippi. To learn more about live music in Louisiana, visit:

The Steamboat Natchez is an authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River. It departs from New Orleans’ French Quarter and offers hearty dinners whilst jazz bands play live. Creole food and local Louisianan beverages are also on the menu. For further information visit:

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