But the street really achieved a critical mass of popularity post-Katrina, and in the past few years, Frenchmen is tourist central come the evening, especially on weekends. But so what? On Frenchmen Street, certain things are just guaranteed: proximity to good music, good food, interesting culture, and an unbeatable street scene. Claude Avenue. Keep in mind music sets usually pop off around 6 pm, 9 pm, and 11 pm, although there is always room for variation.
Young musicians on Frenchmen Street, heart of New Orleans' music scene. Photograph: Federica Valabrega. Click on the magnifying glass to see inside one of the street's clubs. With a dozen world-class shows a night, the block of Frenchmen Street is the song and soul of New Orleans, a city that has lived the blues and gave birth to jazz.
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On Bourbon Street you will find cover bands. On Frenchmen Street you will find music bands jammed into four compact blocks. Bourbon has to be seen , Frenchmen Street has to be heard and experienced. This is the music scene I was hoping to find in New Orleans. I will be back. The food and atmosphere was much better here. And the music!!! Walking along this street you will find blues jazz and everything in between.
Neon blinks, a trombone slides and a crowd gathers for another impromptu curbside concert on Frenchmen Street. Frenchmen -- crowded, buzzing and vibrant -- might just be the most consistently musical stretch of asphalt in New Orleans. Its venues offer an array of live performances ranging from traditional jazz to blues to reggae and rock and are, themselves, famous, attracting audiences from all over the world. With one trip around the clubs on Frenchmen, you are likely to hear all kinds of music, as it is what the street is known for. Grab some friends and dance the night away on this bumping thoroughfare.