French Quarter Fest Tour: Sites near the Stages

If you’re among the hundreds of thousands going to French Quarter Fest, we invite you to keep your phone handy and nerd out with us. When you head to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint, pass the site of the studio where Ernie K-Doe recorded “Mother-in-Law.” Jackson Square is just a few blocks from the former Ivanhoe, which helped launch the Meters and the Radiators, and the site of Poodle’s Patio, where Mac Rebennack (before he was Dr. John) played the organ behind exotic dancers.

One of French Quarter Fest’s specialties is putting traditional jazz front and center on Bourbon Street. Between sets you can trace the midcentury trad jazz revival on the strip, from the Paddock Lounge, where Sweet Emma got the idea to wear bells on her garters, to the Famous Door, where Sharkey Bonano cut up with Pork Chop and Kidney Stew.

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From WWOZ's Tricentennial Music Moments, a brief look at the first French Quarter Festival.