Off-Campus - Fall 2002



Milling Around
New Orleans is known for its vibrant nightclub scene, filled with legendary music venues like Tipitina's and the Maple Leaf. Now there's a new kid on the block making waves. TwiRoPa Mills (1544 Tchoupitoulas St.) is one of the most ambitious ventures in recent memory, housed in a former factory building, boasting 100,000 square feet of room to move. During the 2002 Jazz Fest season, TwiRoPa made its mark with sizzling shows featuring the likes of the Dudes, John Mooney, and ReBirth Brass Band -- surrounded by TwiRoPa touches like mimes and contortionists. Tuesday nights have been cooking of late, featuring funky New Orleans acts like Iris May Tango and the Marc Stone Band. The New York Times recently noticed, reporting TwiRoPa celebrity sightings from Lenny Kravitz and Nelly to Paul Simon. For a complete lineup of TwiRoPa activities, call 587-3777. (O-6) -- Scott Jordan

Dream in Blue
The building at 534 Frenchmen St. has quite a musical history. It was the site of the original Dream Palace club, which helped launch the careers of venerable New Orleans rockers The Radiators back in the '70s. After the Dream Palace closed, Club Istanbul opened, giving some of New Orleans' world-music artists a regular home and adding to the exotic feel of Frenchmen Street. The last incarnation of the space was the Tin Roof Cafe, offering traditional jazz. Now new ownership has renovated the space and christened it the Blue Nile (534 Frenchmen St., 948-2583), offering a host of eclectic up-and-coming local acts, spotlighting funk and jazz. Now the Blue Nile is quickly taking its place as a hotspot on the Frenchmen Street music strip, alongside its neighbors Snug Harbor, Cafe Brasil, d.b.a. and the Spotted Cat. For a complete schedule of performers and more information, call 948-2583. (H-5) -- Scott Jordan


Bayou Bar -- Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581 -- Piano bar featuring the musical stylings of Philip Melancon. No cover. Open 4 p.m. daily, 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. (G-6)

Bombay Club -- Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 586-0972 -- Upscale jazz spot with a smoking-club feel and notorious martinis. Live music Wed.-Sat. Opens at 4 p.m. daily. (G-5)

Cafe Brasil -- 2100 Chartres St., 949-0851-- A culturally diverse melting pot, meaning both the clientele and the music (Latin, reggae, hip-hop, world beat, alternative). Live music nightly. Open 8 p.m.-4 a.m. daily.(H-5)

Carrollton Station -- 8140 Willow St., Riverbend, 865-9190 -- A favorite spot to catch hot local alternative, blues and roots rock bands in an intimate setting. Live music Thu.-Sun. Opens at 3 p.m. daily. (E-5)

Check Point Charlie -- 501 Esplanade Ave., 949-7012 -- For when you're in the mood to do laundry, watch promising bands and drink like a sailor. Live music nightly. Open 24 hours. (H-5)

Crescent City Brewhouse -- 527 Decatur St., 522-0571 -- This restaurant and brewpub always has several original beers on tap and is home to a snazzy jazz combo. Live music nightly. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri. and Sat.; bar stays open later. (G-5)

Donna's Bar & Grill -- 800 Rampart St., 596-6914 -- The undisputed home of the area's finest brass bands. Donna's has an old-school New Orleans jukebox and is so small you have to walk through the band to get to the bathroom. Live music Wed.-Mon. Opens at 8:30 p.m. Thu.-Mon. (G-5)

El Matador -- 504 Esplanade Ave., 569-8361 -- Eclectic crowds flock to its dark, subdued-cool ambience, with a jukebox that shows musical knowledge and a nod toward the campy. Limited beer selection. Opens at 9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., at 4 p.m. Fri. and Sat. (H-5)

Funky Butt -- 714 N. Rampart St., 558-0872 -- This dim, intimate atmosphere sets the tone for an old-school jazz club. Big names frequently play here, and it draws a wildly diverse crowd. Live music nightly. Opens at 9 p.m. daily. (G-5)

Funky Pirate -- 727 Bourbon St., 523-1960 -- The 1799-era building is a Caribbean pirate's paradise, with strong drinks and loud blues bands. Live music nightly. Open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Thu., noon-3 a.m. Fri.-Sun. (G-5)

House of Blues -- 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE (2583) -- Yeah, it's a franchise. But this one is New Orleans-centric enough (the food, the folk art, the always-impressive musical lineup) to make us forget. Live music nightly. Call for hours. (G-5)

Howl at the Moon -- 135 Bourbon St., 410-9000 -- French Quarter rock 'n' roll club offering dualing pianos and tons of audience participation. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-2 a.m. Sat. and Sun. (G-5)

Howlin' Wolf -- 828 S. Peters St., 529-5844 -- A groovy warehouse that features a diverse menu of local and national talent. Live music Mon.-Sat. Opens at 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (G-6)

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville -- 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565 -- Parrothead paradise featuring live music and island-themed food daily. Restaurant open 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily; music from 3 p.m.-midnight daily. (H-5)

Jimmy's Music Club -- 8200 Willow St., Riverbend, 861-8200 -- An Uptown institution that often hosts hot acts during Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and other special events. Call for hours. (E-5)

Kerry Irish Pub -- 331 Decatur St., 527-5954 -- Guinness, anyone? This comfortable bar offers live Irish and alternative folk music nightly. Opens at 2 p.m. daily. (G-5)

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop -- 941 Bourbon St., 523-0066 -- The oldest bar in the city. Ernest Hemingway would have hung out in this musky cave featuring world-class Bloody Marys and acoustic musicians. Live music regularly. Opens at noon daily. (G-5)

Le Bon Temps Roule -- 4801 Magazine St., 895-8117 -- A favorite all-around place to see live bands, drink local brews and grab a burger. There are free oysters on Fridays, never a cover and a truly rockin' jukebox. Live music Wed.-Mon. Opens at 11 a.m. daily. (F-6)

Le Chat Noir -- 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812 -- Innovative music and theater performances, cabaret and cocktails; free parking. Piano bar opens at 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; tango music Tue., cabaret shows at 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat. with pianist following. (G-6)

Maison Bourbon -- 641 Bourbon St. -- Jamil Sharif performs traditional New Orleans Jazz beginning 8:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat. and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Mon. and Thu. (G-5)

Maple Leaf Bar -- 8316 Oak St., Riverbend, 866-LEAF (5323) -- An out-of-the-way mecca with tons of personality and a loyal crowd. Tue.-night Rebirth Brass Band shows are a guaranteed good time. Live music nightly. Opens at 3 p.m. daily. (E-5)

Mermaid Lounge -- 1100 Constance St., 524-4747 -- Party with a casual, alternative crowd in this hard-to-find local favorite. It boasts great mermaid art and new bands you won't find anyplace else: rockabilly, alternative, funk and more. Performances and hours vary. (G-6)

Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl -- 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133 -- This laidback, friendly bowling alley is one of the favored places in town to catch the best in zydeco, blues, roots rock and more. Live music Tue.-Sun.; sister club downstairs features live music nearly every Sat. Opens at 11 a.m. Mon.-Fri., noon Sat.-Sun. (F-4)

Mulate's -- 201 Julia St., 522-1492 -- This restaurant/bar features hearty authentic Louisiana fare, which will fortify you for a night of Cajun two-stepping with help from instructors. Live music nightly. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. (G-6)

O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub -- 508 Toulouse St., 529-1317 -- This authentic slice of Eire offers the Informer pub, the intimate Ballad Room music venue, and a Celtic gift shop Live music nightly. Open noon-3:30 a.m. daily. (G-5)

Palm Court Jazz Cafe -- 1204 Decatur St., 525-0200 -- The quality of traditional jazz musicians who play here regularly, plus the classy setting, is worth the cost of the food. Live music Wed.-Sun. Call for hours. (H-5)

The Parlor -- 125 Bourbon St., 410-1000 -- This Bourbon Street bar features jazz and local acts. Open nightly. (G-5)

Pete Fountain's Jazz Club -- 2 Poydras St. (Hilton Riverside Hotel), 523-4374 -- The legendary clarinet virtuoso performs New Orleans music the way it's meant to sound. Reservations recommended; club accepts only AmEx. Fountain and his band plays 10 p.m. shows every Tue., Fri. and Sat. (G-5)

Praline Connection Gospel and Blues Hall -- 907 S. Peters St., 523-3973 -- Authentic soul, blues and gospel music performed by rising stars and New Orleans mainstays. The Sun. gospel brunch is a don't-miss. Live music Thu.-Sat.; gospel brunch Sun. (G-6)

Preservation Hall -- 726 St. Peter St., 522-2841 -- Jazz institution extraordinaire, featuring the city's finest Dixieland and traditional New Orleans-style jazz performances. Live music nightly. Open 8 p.m.-midnight nightly. (G-5)

Shim Sham Club -- 615 Toulouse St., 299-0666 -- It features diverse musical acts, but the emphasis is on jazz, as evidenced by a jukebox that displays an appreciation for older standards. A hip newcomer that's here to stay. Music nightly. Open 2 p.m.-6 a.m. daily. (G-5)

Snug Harbor -- 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696 -- Its ultra-intimate setting is perfect for jazz shows, and Snug Harbor presents some of the best. Live music nightly. Opens at 5 p.m. nightly; showtimes 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. (H-5)

The Spotted Cat -- 623 Frenchmen St., 943-3887 -- Local legends provide the music in this intimate setting, featuring classically mixed drinks. Opens at 2 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon Sun. (H-5)

The State Palace Theatre -- 1108 Canal St., 522-4435 -- Historic, live-performance venue, seating 3,000. Open for events. (G-5)

Sweet Kathleen's Dixieland Jazz Club -- 308 Decatur, 311 N. Peters, next to Bienville House Hotel, 568-0080 -- Traditional jazz nightly at 8 p.m. Closed Wed. (G-5)

Sweet Lorraine's -- 1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654 -- Surely Louis Armstrong is looking down at this juke joint and smiling. It's authentic, egalitarian and just plain smokin'. Open Wed.-Sun.; live music Thu.-Sun. Call for hours. (H-5)

Tipitina's -- 501 Napoleon Ave., 891-7994 -- A "favorite son" New Orleans landmark. Don't forget to rub Professor Longhair's head for good luck. Live music Thu.-Sun. Hours vary. (F-6)

Tropical Isle -- 738 Toulouse St., 525-1689; 721 Bourbon St., 529-4109 -- A can't-miss stop during a French Quarter bar crawl, due to its knockout drinks and bands who play fun party songs. Locals prefer the Toulouse location. Live music nightly at both locations. Toulouse open noon-2 a.m. Sun.-Thu., noon-3 a.m. Fri.-Sat., Bourbon open noon-3 a.m. Sun.-Thu.; noon-6 a.m. Fri.-Sat. (G-5) (G-5)Vaughan's -- 800 Lesseps St., 947-5562 -- This stomping, romping bar is as remote as they come, but what it lacks in convenience, it makes up for in genuine N'awlins soul. Kermit Ruffins' regular Thursday-night performances are legendary. Opens at 11 a.m. daily. (I-5)

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