Where was rock ’n’ roll born? You could say it came into the world in a cramped studio on Rampart Street in New Orleans. Or you could just say it came out of hole-in-the-wall bars and battered jukeboxes and across the airwaves. In any case, as Dave Bartholomew said, “The pioneers are here. We built the house. You can redecorate it, but we laid the foundation.”
Soulful music, world-class cuisine and a culture unlike any other converge in the Greater New Orleans area. Music is always in the air in New Orleans, especially in the French Quarter, home of the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. For live jazz in a family setting, Preservation Hall is highly recommended. The world-renowned Tipitina’s, which has hosted blues to rock to jazz bands, should be on every music lover’s list.The self-guided Jazz History Walking Tours series is a free musical treasure map. Also, visit the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé District, an homage to Mardi Gras Indians. Preserving and paying tribute to regional culture, he Ogden Museum of Southern Art showcases the works of art from the 18th century through today.