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New Orleans Music Heritage Tour

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New Orleans, United States
New Orleans Music Heritage Tour

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Take a walk through 300 years of New Orleans’ musical history on this tour led by a local Louisiana record man. Discover how the city became the heart and soul of the American blues scene, and visit legendary music-making haunts including Preservation Jazz Hall, Place de Armes, the Royal Orleans Hotel and several recording studios. Stroll down iconic Bourbon and Frenchmen streets while hearing tales of local jazz and blues legends like Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong and more.
  • Visit the former homes and haunts of local legends including Danny Parker, Louis Armstrong and James Booker
  • Stroll past recording studios, hotels and venues in the French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods
  • Listen to clips of New Orleans blues, jazz and gospel along the way through Bluetooth speakers
  • Led by a local record producer with 20 years of industry experience
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2-hour musical walking tour with an experienced guide

Departure Point

421 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Return Details

712 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY New Orleans Music & Heritage Tour

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Music Heritage Tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Music Heritage Tour?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Music Heritage Tour?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Music Heritage Tour?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Music Heritage Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Music Heritage Tour.

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Keith was AWESOME!!!
, Jul 2021
Keith did an amazing job with the tour. Very knowledgeable and entertaining! He kept the tour exciting from beginning to end!
, Jul 2021
Amazing tour, Keith knows his stuff! Enjoyed the walk and learning the history of jazz/blues. The music Keith played during the walk was a great touch. Being a Canadian enjoyed the stop at one of the local bars! 😉 Looking forward to see the photos you took, thanks again KEITH. Cheers!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks it was fun! Great company for a fine time and the weather was even pleasant for a July evening.
, Jun 2021
Was not at all what we were expecting. A very long walk with strange stories and learned almost nothing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
How very disappointing that you did NOT learn that Blues came first and Jazz is a culture that began as Africans for and by Africans. Too bad you did NOT learn about Danny Barker and how he proliferated Brass Band Culture. Too bad you did NOT learn the influence of Preservation Hall or Jazzology Records in the preservation and perpetuation of Jazz. Some people just never learn and can never be pleased, that is too bad. This is a 'walking music tour, open your ears to learn. Great times were had, by almost all!
Reed and music
, Apr 2021
Informative and fun! Keith is a knowledgeable music man. Next time we come we have to do this again and ask all the questions we forgot to ask. AWESOME!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you and what a fun time! Appreciate you both, look forward to your return.
Awesome tour, awesome guide
, Apr 2021
Keith is clearly knowledgeable and passionate about the music here in New Orleans. Our tour started on Frenchman St. We were regaled with stories of musicians and musical styles and the music as we made our way through the French Quarter to Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square back to the river walk. We were a small group and loved that Keith took pictures of us at each point of interest along the way. We both highly recommend Keith and this musical tour!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you and it was fun for me too!
Enthusiastic Guide, But No Studio or Venue Tours
, Apr 2021
Unfortunately I did not walk away with much information memorized from this tour. The tour guide was enthusiastic and a definite storyteller, but with no baseline knowledge of jazz history I found it difficult to follow and grasp the history in a meaningful way. Music was played along the walk which was a nice touch. Note that this is a tour done on the street; you do not enter any buildings or studios as the description implies with the exception of a laundromat in a building that once was a recording studio. In here, in the back you'll see a few professional photos on the wall of jazz legends with a description of each individual (not exactly what was expected).
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Sorry you did not follow that Jazz began on S. Rampart Street before moving into 'town' at Storyville along Basin Street and finally to Bourbon and Frenchmen Streets. Or the progression from the 'Habanero' Tinge as expanded upon by Jelly Roll Morton and Dave Bartholomew. Or how Bartholomew brought Fats to record the 1st Million selling Rock N Roll Record at the 'Home of Rock N' Roll, it had been a laundromat since the 70's. Much apologies that history and time have escaped you in our musical streets. Explaining to persons that a walking music tour takes place in the streets is something I never imagined would need explaining, there is a Jazz Museum if you wanted an exhibit of indoor displays. We are a living history tour of New Orleans Music & Hetitage, please understand we never claimed to be a tour of venues. It is a pandemic and most venues in New Orleans remain shuttered my apologies to this visitor.
pick a different tour company
, Apr 2021
no body showed up. went to the address given and nobody was there. had 3 tours signed up with this company and only one of the tree showed up. pick a different tour company
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear Sir, you NEVER SHOWED for this tour. I personally waited on you until a quarter past 10. Sorry you missed the tour, I emailed you when returning home from downtown advising you could take another time slot. Please tell us the address you were at because I was there and even conversed with a representative of the record store about your no show. A simple call from you could have absolved all problems. Deepest regrets you missed the tour.
Fun music tour!
, Mar 2020
Lots of fun, a great introduction to the music scene in New Orleans. Keith is a great guide; the only problem is that there's so much to say, and only so much time to say it! Awesome to know we were staying very close to Cosimo Matassa's old studio! We later shopped at Louisiana Music Factory.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you. Just after your tour the pandemic struck home. Loved ones lost and artists gone silent. Forgive my delay in responding. New Orleans Music lives, we are here- our love for your appreciation grows.✌🏽❤🎶
Highly recommend
, Feb 2020
Keith Abel of Abel tours great music tour! He is energetic and very knowledgeable NOLA music history. Awesome tour and would Highly recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks! We enjoyed having you two along for the tour.✌🏽♥️🎶
Good tour, a ton of information
, Jan 2020
The guide was more than knowledgeable, a wealth-spring of information . The tour wasn't so much my cup of tea, as I could have gone with a little less detail and more about artists I would have known, but my musical fiance really enjoyed all the extra information. We had a little problem getting there because of the public transit being re-routed, but the guide waited for us and was pleasant and welcoming.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks! I know it can be overwhelming, after all Ernie K. Doe did say "I'm not sure but I believe ALL music came from New Orleans!"

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