There’s nowhere that sounds quite like New Orleans. From the thrumming percussive songs rooted in Congo Square to the grinding blues belted out in a downtown corner barroom, the city pulses with creativity and swells with centuries of stories layered into lyrics and beats. On this immersive, four-day journey, we’ll delve into the city’s rich soundscape, tracing the social, political, and spiritual roles its musical traditions have played historically and in contemporary culture. We’ll visit world-class musicians and artists in their homes and studios, learning about the city’s foundational rhythms from master percussionists, chatting with the Prince of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, and exploring parade traditions from an elder—all the while, savoring the flavors of the city’s distinctive cuisine, perfected by the same interplay of tradition and invention that shape the city's unparalleled musics.
Our trip begins at 6 p.m. in New Orleans on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in New Orleans by 3 p.m. on Day 1 so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our group for drinks at Jewel of the South. Our trip concludes after brunch on Day 4. If leaving New Orleans directly after our trip, we recommend departing the evening of Day 4. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time.
As New Orleans has a wealth of wonderful, locally owned places to stay, accommodations will not be included in the cost of this trip. We’d be happy to suggest neighborhoods for booking accommodations. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like assistance with lodging.