Cajun band performing at music venueNew Orleans is bursting with so many live music venues that there are too many to name. Still, some of the most popular include Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro and The Spotted Cat Music Club on the famed Frenchmen street, plus Tipitina’s – inspired by the song “Tipitina” by Professor Longhair, who played at the venue until his passing.

Start your day at Buck and Johnny’s in Breaux Bridge and dance to live music after you’ve devoured their famous Saturday Zydeco Breakfast.

Spotted Cat

Spotted Cat

From jazz and blues to country and swamp pop, Louisiana is a hub of great music and the dancing to go with it.

Bootlegger’s Bar in Alexandria features popular acts and a nice dancefloor with plenty of room to show off your moves. Also up north is Enoch’s Irish Pub & Café in Monroe, where you can jam along to live music with a side of fish & chips.

Learn more about music in Louisiana. In downtown Shreveport, get your groove on to old-school R&B or take a swing dance class at J.O.S.H. Lounge. Blue Moon Saloon for various Cajun and zydeco bands who know how to rock the joint. Many famed performers have made appearances here, and the spirit is still alive today. They host everything from DJs, country groups, zydeco performers and more.

And if your stay includes a stop in Houma, you’ll have a PhD in dancing before you leave.

Written by: Matthew Thoma