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New Orleans: Rhythms & Roots Music Walking Tour

New Orleans: Rhythms & Roots Music Walking Tour

From US$ 25 per person

Take a walk around the Big Easy and explore the origins and evolution of American popular music.

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  • Discover the origins of American popular music
  • Encounter the music and magic of New Orleans with your expert guide
  • Explore key sights as you hear important clips from American musical history
  • Hear the story behind early jazz and rock musicians and their recordings
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Stroll from Back-O’-Town into the French Quarter. Talk about and listen to the essential music and influences of New Orleans going back over two and a half centuries. On the tour, you’ll experience more than 10 tour stops, learn about over 20 musicians, and hear something like 12-15 audio clips if not more. Start your tour with a visit to Congo Square, famous for its African dances and drumming traditions. Continue your journey through America's musical heritage with stops at many legendary locations. See Perseverance Hall, J&M Records, the Funky Butt, and Preservation Hall, the present-day locus of traditional jazz in the world. Learn who was the first musician to ever play jazz, and hear the story behind the first jazz and rock 'n' roll records. Hear fascinating stories about the musicians and recordings which forever changed American popular music.
  • Licensed New Orleans Tour Guide
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    Meeting point

    The meeting point is in front of Congo Square Coffee House, across from Armstrong Park. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Water
    • Rain gear

    Not allowed

    • Pets

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    • This tour takes place rain or shine
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    5 /5

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    Dave was an engaging, personable, knowledgeable guide. His life and experiences made him an expert on NOLA music history. It was a treat to learn from someone who knows so much. He kept a good pace, involved everyone, and was considerate in finding shade from the July sun. We would take this tour again.

    July 31, 2021

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    Product ID: 400509