Music club are the backbone for so much of New Orleans culture and heritage. These venues are the vessels for musicians, allowing them to connect and perform for audiences, often comprised of both locals and visitors to the city. Without these clubs, there’d be no place for any of our musicians to go. Each of these places has created a hub and a home for the dozens and dozens of musicians who play in the city.
One of the most well-known and most visited clubs is The Maple Leaf, an Uptown establishment located on Oak Street, off of the Carrollton streetcar. The Maple Leaf is one of the most famous, coveted clubs in the city, hosting some of the biggest names around town. One of the most notable shows at The Maple Leaf is the weekly Tuesday night gig for The Rebirth Brass Band, a favorite, Grammy-recognized local band that has been on the scene for decades. Seeing them on a Tuesday night at The Maple Leaf should be one of the top items on your NOLA Bucket List.
The Maple Leaf is cash only and each show usually has a cover of around ten or fifteen dollars. It’s a small place with lower ceilings, a small stage, two bars – one in the front and one in the back, and a courtyard in the rear of the building. It’s a modest club, minimal selection of beer and dim lighting, but on busy nights, the line winds out the door onto the sidewalk.
The weekly line-up is filled with well-known names and talents, but even when you don’t recognize any of the artists on the line-up, it is sure to be a great show. After Katrina, The Maple Leaf was one of the first clubs that started hosting musicians and holding shows, determined to bring the soul and rhythm back to the city. It is a staple in the community, one of the most iconic institutions in the city.
Any day is great day to stop by The Maple Leaf. The shows start late, mostly around eleven o’clock, so there is plenty of time to get something to eat down Oak Street or over on Carrollton and you’ll be able to stroll in for showtime without having to rush. Just make sure you’re rested because it’s standing room only, so get your dancing shoes ready.