New Orleans' Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America's truest art forms - Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture.
Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners. On any given night, audiences bear joyful witness to the evolution of this venerable and living tradition.
Amazing jazz experience right off of Bourbon Street. This is THE place to hear jazz in New Orleans! Traditional NOLA jazz by amazing musicians. Show times listed are the time they open the door, so don't anticipate they will open early. Ex: show is listed at 8 pm, they actually open doors at 8 and show starts at 8:15. Get there early to get a seat. I lined up one night (New Year's Day, a Monday) at about 7:15 for the 8 show, and they ran out of seats just before I got in. Most of the seats are reserved, which you can pay for in advance, but it's more than twice the price than it is at the door. There are some cushioned spots up front if you're comfortable sitting (not great if you have long legs!).
Over all a good experience. However, the concert was not as good a everyone talks about. The musicians were great but the song choices didn't wow me. Also someone will walk down the line 15 minutes before the show and talk about the rules and entry but they won't tell you if you are far enough back that you might not make it in. This would be a simple thing they could offer so that you could make a decision to stay or go because if you're there for the 6 o clock showing you would be waiting 2 hours for the next show.
Must-do in NOLA! Came here because saw the Preservation Hall Jazz band play with Arcade Fire a couple of times and loved them. Seems to be a very authentic jazz experience. They don’t allow photos or filming, so the crowd is usually very into the music and connected with the musicians. Arrive early to avoid long lines, buy tickets in advance online to cut the lines.
You must experience this, plain and simple. Room is quite small so seating doesn't really matter, although we (mid 50's) are glad we paid the extra to have bench seating. The minute you walk in, you'll feel just how special this place is. Trumpet player was off the charts good, and we were delighted by the presence of the elder statesman on tenor sax. It's NOT a tourist trap.
Buy the tickets in advance if you want to guarantee a seat. Otherwise, take a chance in line, but know you have to get there 1-1.5 hours ahead and you may be standing. It's a small space to begin with. But it's so worth the $40 / ticket. To see the bands live, it's priceless. Hubby and I had a blast!