Preservation Hall

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Preservation Hall
4.5
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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.
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Neighborhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,260 contributions
Our family of 5 (including 3 kids) really loved the jazz show. We ordered sit-down seating, which is a must in my opinion. (There are a lot of standing room only people who are packed in, and I can’t imagine standing for the entire concert like that – didn’t look fun. Some got lucky and were able to sit down once the show started and not all of the seats were filled. The seating is simply benches (not chairs with seats) and not that comfortable, but definitely better than standing. Paying extra for the front-row isn’t essential, but it is a good idea to avoid ending up sitting in the fifth row (which might offer an obstructed view, depending on where exactly they seat you). If I had to do it again, I would pay for the front row, but if that isn’t available, then just get general seating but line up early (like 30 minutes in advance) to ensure you get the second or third row of seating. (You are seated towards the front in the order of arrival.) As of February 2020, they are checking vaccine cards and identification before entering the venue. Also, the cell service is not great at that particular spot in the French Quarter, and so be sure your mobile tickets are downloaded already.
Written March 20, 2022
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minnesotans4
Saint Paul, MN2,654 contributions
Family
We bought tickets for $40 per person for a general admission seat. The performance was 45 minutes total which included musician introductions. The room was very small with only 2 overhead fans working. In New Orlean’s heat, it barely made a dent in the room temperature. The musicians were extremely talented but the majority were selections that featured each musician as a solo performer. For the last five minutes, emphasis was on putting money into a tip bucket. I didn’t really feel that there should have been so much emphasis on tipping when the price of admission wasn’t cheap.
Written June 11, 2022
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Crystal X
Long Island, NY280 contributions
Couples
Amazing jazz music right in the middle of the French quarter. Masks must be worn in the tight little space and no photos during the show to preserve the back in time experience. Would recommend for young adults or older but not children
Written November 9, 2021
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bonnie_ds
chicago, il398 contributions
Extremely disappointed. I like music, especially jazz so I was looking forward to this, so much that we bought the expensive front row seats. For $200+ for 4 we got a disinterested trumpeteer, a drunk sounding drum player, an exceptional trombonist, a reasonable bassist, pianist & saxophonist.

The first song was good when then all played together. The next song the young girl trombonist featured was truly truly great. I love the sounds of the sax, but last night I loved the trombone. She made it sound so joyful, and fun and wonderful. By herself she deserves 5+ stars. After that I wasn't sure why we were there, the drummer band leader kept insisting we all go WOW even when the music from the others was underwhelming. There was 1 song he played on the tambourine and drums solo and honestly the young kids beating buckets outside were much better. To cap it all they did 2 unexpected songs,
1. They sang there's a hole in the bucket and asked for donations / tips for 'gin'- their words - not obligated but appreciated. And they continued singing it until people got up and put tips in it. This was terrible!!!!

2. They sang a second song and made everybody get up and walk around waving their handkerchiefs/napkins like a second line or a conga line at weddings. The place is tiny to say the least, the atmosphere was not conducive to this, and all it did was waste more time doing nonsense instead of playing good music.

Preservation Hall touts itself as a traditional jazz club bringing back the roots, charges a considerable sum of money for tickets in a small poky room on benches for seats. The least they can provide is exceptional music. Most people like me will go, irrespective of the reviews, because we want to imagine and feel the old pure clean music. Unfortunately, it's not to be found here.
Written March 20, 2022
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YoostonTX
Houston135 contributions
Family
The Tue night band was not the one pictured on the website and not what I recall in my prior visits here. Half of the band members looked like school music instructors, not your typical NO jazz musician. The music was still good, but the vibe not the same… which I expected for the now MUCH higher admission price. Used to be $5 pp for standing room 15-20 years ago to hear the smooth notes of jazz musicians who’d been playing together forever … now it’s $30-40 to see some jazz band of random folks you can see anywhere. Save your money and enjoy the street musicians or bands elsewhere.
Written July 6, 2022
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ1,583 contributions
It took me 22 years to make it back here, but I have told stories about Preservation Hall the whole time. It truly is an iconic experience and it is pure old school New Orleans jazz. It is also in a venue that is quite small and historic. It is not built for comfort or for everyone to see what is going on. If you want to have a clear view, you have to be first in line or you need to pay a big upcharge for reserved seats. If you don't, you will still enjoy the show, but you will be standing or trying to look around people. Depending upon the weather and what time of year you are here, it will also get very hot. Just know that you are here for the music and the experience, not because you are getting tickets at a fancy concert hall.
Written January 22, 2020
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Anita R
London, UK366 contributions
My partner loves jazz so I wanted to book tickets for a really special gig during our time in NOLA. After doing some research I booked front row seats at Preservation Hall. The music was just phenomenal- we saw the Preservation Hall All Stars led by Brandon Lewis. Such talented performers, making it look easy and really mesmerising. Despite being an avid instagrammer I liked that photos/videos weren't allowed during the performance as it was nice to feel really immersed in the atmosphere. The 1 star deduction is because, with tickets being quite expensive ($50 for a 45min show), I think pushing hard for tips on top is a bit trashy. Other than that, definitely go!
Written April 20, 2022
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vinny l
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ok, went to nites there, 1st nite i thought was not good at all, 1st of all, its not cheap for only a 45 min show which apparently is the norm. the group of musicians each took their individual turns to perform, leaving not enough time for the "group" performance. the bench seating is not easy on the back at all with no support behind you unless , like i did next nite, get 1st row,back up against a wall . that 2nd nite the performers were much much better, so it depends on who you get the night you are there apparently. the place always sells out with standing room only and has been for years as it has quite a history going back in NOLA. gotta get there early and get on that line. O'B's is next door for pre show hurricane. i believe it is overated, overpriced for the length of the show and it survives on its historical reputation
Written July 2, 2022
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MaryMary08016
Burlington, NJ45 contributions
Me and a group of friends traveled to NOLA last week on vacation. There were seven of us and we all picked something we wanted to do. I chose Preservation Hall on the recommendation of my son who visited there a few years back. We got the front row $50 tickets. We are so happy we did!

Will Smith and his band were excellent. When they sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic, I cried. With all the sad news in our world right now, this song was very uplifting and really touched me. I don't want to give away too much and I don't know if they change their repertoire regularly so I won't say what other songs they performed.
Please note: some OLD reviews on-line mentioned that they allow outside beverages so we all came directly from Fat Tuesday's with our $15 slushies. They DO NOT ALLOW outside food. So don't make the same mistake as we did!
Written March 31, 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,570 contributions
I know this is a famous venue to listen to traditional Jazz music and has lots of history since it opened in 1961 but the whole experience felt very contrived. The musicians were exceptional and the room is very intimate holding only about 100 people but it just didn't feel authentic. It was just way too regimented. Shows are scheduled every hour and each set lasts 45 minutes. A group is herded in and out of the room every hour. Line up 30-45 minutes before each show for standing room only and have $20 cash at the door. You can buy tickets online guaranteeing you one of the seats on the benches in the front of the room but these cost $45-50. No bar available but you can get drinks at Pat O'Brien's next door and can drink these in line or bring them into the venue if in a plastic cup. Another issue that left me with feeling that I just visited a tourist trap is the absence of the headliner that night. Wendell Brunious was suppose to be headlining the 10pm show and was a no-show. I understand things happen but there was no explanation or apology as I suspect the staff didn't feel that these dumb tourists deserved to know anything. The live music venues on Frenchmen Street offered a much better and authentic experience.
Written March 14, 2020
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Preservation Hall is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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