“I wanna tell you about Ooh Poo Pah Doo”
New Orleans has some of the best live music anywhere in the world. Preservation Hall, Snug Harbor, and other famous venues bring great music to their mostly tourist clientele. But there are other places away from the main tourist areas but well worth the Uber, streetcar, or cab ride to get there. These are where locals as join out-of-towners to hear some of the best musicians around.
One of my favorites is the Ooh Pooh Pah Doo Bar, named after R&B singer Jesse Hill’s hit song. If the title doesn’t ring a bell, you can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQkYn05vidE This song will get you shaking your thing for sure. Jesse Hill is gone now, but his daughter Judy keeps his funky spirit alive in this music venue. Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar is on Orleans Avenue in Fauborg Treme and embodies the spirit of this great neighborhood, which is the oldest African American neighborhood in the country and arguably the heart of black New Orleans, especially of black New Orleans music.
Worried that you’ll feel like an interloper? Don’t be. It’s a neighborhood place, but everyone gets a warm welcome at Ooh Poo Pah Doo. If you don’t believe me, check out the reviews on Yelp, Trip Adviser, and Facebook, which rave about the friendliness, the congenial atmosphere, the red beans and rice, and of course, the music. The folks at Ooh Poo Pah Doo have a great thing going on, and you’re welcome to join in!