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    Stroll through the Tango Belt to the New Orleans Musicians Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1, the use of which was donated by the musical dynasty Barbarin Family for free burial to musicians. The first burial to take place was of Lloyd Washington of the Ink Spots on October 23, 2004.

    From the cemetery you will check out the remains of Storyville (including Frank Early’s “My Place” Saloon where “Pretty Baby” was written), fabled turn-of-the-century red light district whose parlors presented the likes of King Oliver, Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and many more during the time when jazz was born.

    From Storyville, check out the Basin Street Station and then venture into Louis Armstrong Park, the location of Congo Square, historic site of African slave gatherings, the only place in North American where pure West African religious ritual and musical traditions were performed.

    Congo Square is considered the wellspring of all New Orleans music and consequently so much of the world’s most popular song. It is also the site of the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (1970) and the Municipal Auditorium.

    After leaving Armstrong Park, enter the building which housed the legendary J&M Studios which created the “New Orleans Sound” with such New Orleanians as Professor Longhair, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Guitar Slim, Shirley & Lee, Lloyd Price, Ernie K-Doe, Allen Toussaint, Clarence “Frogman” Henry and visitors including Little Richard, Ray Charles, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

    Learn the origins of New Orleans Bounce Music and check out the world’s greatest street musicians who are carrying the flame to this very day.
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    Departure Point
    806 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
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    • Local guide
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    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
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    Our guide was charming and informative but I had expected this tour to be more of a city walking tour and learn about the music and culture in New Orleans. Instead, we walked around Armstrong Park for 1 hour and 20 minutes viewing statues of various Artists in the park. While it
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    Our guide Margie was entertaining and informative. A musician herself, her love of music and New Orleans showed in her presentation. She had many interesting anecdotes about New Orleans music history.
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    This was the first tour we did on the first day of our 4-day visit in NOLA. There were only 4 of us and I wondered why...I think the title sounds bland as opposed to other music tours in NOLA. However, the time period was right for this one and not the others so off we went.
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    Dave is a musician in New Orleans and he is very knowledgeable about its history. We learned a lot about NOLA’s music as well as it’s general history. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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    A nice two hour stroll through the French Quarter and nearby. Lots of history of the people, the city and the music. Don't wait to ask questions, your guide won't take his first breath until about an hour in.
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