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Review of Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall
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$25.00*
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New Orleans Music Tour
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$25.00*
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New Orleans Music and Heritage Tour
Ranked #10 of 376 things to do in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is a true New Orleans experience. The "hall," actually a small room, looks like it hasn't changed in 100 years. The musicians play 45-minute sets of spirited Dixieland jazz to an enthusiastic audience. One complaint: On the night we went, the band finished their set with a 10-minute sing-along of "This Little Light of Mine." I don't think the audience members waited over an hour in line to hear themselves sing. Otherwise, the musicians were very good and the experience worthwhile.

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Well the wait in line is not awesome but it is worth it for hard core jazz lovers. We were crammed into the tiny hall, made friends with the people on line around us. Our hotel was in the French Quarter so my son had time to run back to use the bathroom! We got on line a bit late (after 8pm) so had to wait for the 10:15 show. The band was simply amazing! The music was wonderful and the musicianship stunning. We were able to get a photo with my son the Jazz pianist afterwards including the Sousaphone player and his instrument which was very cool. Be prepared to wait but this is New Orleans Jazz at its basic best, probably the way it has been listened to for a century.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Get in line very early and wear comfortable shoes. It was recommended to us to get in line 40 minutes prior to the show - we thought we were getting there early by showing up an hour out, but the line was already long, so at least an hour and a half might be more reasonable, especially to get a seat.(They do offer limited VIP seating up front, but I believe that has to be ordered online prior - I may be wrong) It's guaranteed you will stand in line for a while and you may wind up standing inside as well, so be kind to your feet. Enjoy people-watching and chatting with the others in line around you as you wait. We met some lovely people around us while we waited.

Once inside, the venue is small and seating is very limited, but there is standing area. The setting is very rustic - intentionally. "Preservation" Hall exists to preserve and exhibit the real Jazz. What you see and hear in this venue is the true New Orleans Jazz and is the music this city is most famous for. New Orleans is all about the music you hear in this place and the performers you see here - this is the real deal. The musicians are phenominal. Their sets are only 45 minutes, unfortunately. Don't forget there are a lot of people outside wanting to experience what you just saw, so there's no encore.

Children are welcome, but the lines are long and seating is limited, so there may not be visibility for the little ones. No restrooms and no refreshments, but Pat O'Brien's next door may allow you to use their facilities while in line. Their waiter also comes out to wait on the line and will bring you out a drink - very charming gentleman the night we were there (Tuesday)

Definitely worth doing, and will gladly do again the next time we visit NOLA. A must-do.

Thank LilC
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

If you love jazz you must come here! We purchase the VIP big shot tickets - so worth it - you don't have to wait in line and you get front row seats right next to the band. The Preservation Hall band was there with Mark Braud the night we attended - AWESOME! The venue itself is very old and nothing special but we were there for the music and was so worth it!!!

Thank Milan A
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The seats are not comfortable (if you're lucky enough to get a seat) and there's no bar. What Preservation Hall has is the best musicians in NOLA wandering in and out, chatting, and playing. If you just want great jazz this is the only place to be.

Thank clamrj
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