The Spotted Cat Music Club

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The Spotted Cat Music Club
This Frenchmen Street landmark offers up a steady parade of remarkable local musicians from late afternoon until early morning, with an emphasis on foot-tapping traditional and swing jazz. Musicians play on a low stage against the front window; the curious wanderers outside press their noses up against the glass, offering another level of entertainment. Nobody comes here for the elaborate cocktails—it’s a more or less a beer and a shot joint—but people do come for the music, and they come in droves. Plan to get here early enough to nab a seat at the bar or along the wall, and you’ll have a good perch when things get going.
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Music on Frenchmen Street, New Orleans
East of the French Quarter is the rickety, raggedy strip of Frenchmen Street, popular with music lovers, hipsters, young and old, the strange, and the strangely normal. We saw some great jazz piano at d.b.a. before listening to this chanteuse at the Spotted Cat. There were no cover charges at either place when we were there, though I do recommend you enhance your karma by contributing to the tip jar. There are any number of great jazz clubs in about a four-block stretch and, when we were there, a pop-up artist market too.
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