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A Soul Sister's Top Spots in NOLA

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With two decades DJ’ing at New Orleans parties and hosting the Soul Power show, DJ Soul Sister (aka Melissa Weber) is an authoritative guide for anyone in search of the soul of New Orleans. Here she shares some off-the-beaten path favorites as well as insider tips when you want to experience the music, culture, food and, yes, soul of the city.
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1909 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
“This laid back lounge is one of my favorite places to see live modern jazz,” Melissa says about this triangular-shaped club which sits at the intersection of North Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue. “Only the best and most acclaimed local...
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310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
When Melissa wants “a decadent French Quarter dinner in an atmosphere that's casual, but modern and swanky,” she heads to SoBou at the W Hotel on Chartres Street. “Last time I was there,” she says, “I had a dish called the Louisiana Geaux Fish and...
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701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
At the southern corner of Armstrong Park, Congo Square was first designated as a gathering place for slaves in 1817. Since the eighteenth century slaves had been given Sundays off, and the Square, which sat just outside the French Quarter across...
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City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA
A genuine gondola is hard to find in America. According to our gondalier there are less than twenty in the US. My boyfriend and I enjoyed a romantic gondola ride around City Park at sunset. We saw a real black swan, enjoyed strawberries, and wrote...
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8316 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
The Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street in the Garden District is a classic New Orleans venue, with its tin-roof ceilings and foot-stomping music. Both up-and-coming and world-famous musicians have performed on its stage and drank at its bar over the...
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“Let the good times roll!”, as the saying goes in New Orleans, and there’s definitely a lot of GOOD times to be had … and good food, good ambiance and great music, and I’m definitely a huge fan! Every time I’m down there, I fill up on the local...