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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
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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
When it comes to festivals, Mardi Gras get all the glory—and there's a reason for that: The weeklong celebration is non-stop action, with plenty of parades and parties, beads and booze. Still, lesser known fests like the Voodoo Music + Art...
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8316 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
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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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New Orleans, LA, USA
French Quarter Fest is billed as the largest free concert in the South and features local musicians of varied genres. Over the course of four days in April, you can experience all kinds of music, by over 100 performers scattered throughout the...