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Sense of Place: New Orleans

In January World Cafe host David Dye took a World Cafe Travel Adventure to New Orleans with a group of XPN fans along with XPN-ers Kim Junod, Senior Producer of World Cafe, and WXPN Station Manager Roger LaMay. There they recorded a new edition of our Sense of Place Series, with World Cafe exploring the intensely musical city of New Orleans. Trombone Shorty is an integral spoke in the great wheel of NOLA jazz, funk, and big brass music, and gives us some insight on what this music means to the city of New Orleans. Ani DiFranco provides a fresh perspective on life in New Orleans as a transplant to the city and as someone outside of the traditional brass band scene. Then we talk to the creative minds behind the show, Treme, creator David Simon, music supervisor Blake Leyh, John Boutte (the Crescent City singer/musician whose song became the show's theme song), and Davis Rogan, who is the basis for the character "Davis" on the show. And, we end of the week with Dr. John who knows New Orleans like no other. The gritty and growly music legend's lengthy career has perfected the voodoo'd blend of N'awlins blues, funk, and rock n' roll for which he is renowned.

Explore the interactive map, city highlights, photos, videos, and live performances in World Cafe Sense of Place: New Orleans.


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Sense of Place: New Orleans - Local Guides

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  • John Boutté John Boutté is an American jazz singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana, who has been active since the mid 1990s. He is known for diverse music style that goes beyond jazz to R&B, gospel, Latin, and blues.
  • Ani DiFranco The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is a relative newcomer to the New Orleans area and gives a tour of her favorite neighborhood haunts. DiFranco has made New Orleans her adopted home and is a strong proponent of the Roots of Music Program in NOLA. The Roots of Music is taking a pro-active and preventative approach to crime in New Orleans by giving youth something better to do, something to achieve, and skills to build upon. It is an after school music program for underprivileged kids One of the members of Rebirth Brass Band was one of its founders and Ani is on their Board of Directors.
  • Davis Rogan Davis Rogan is the basis for the character “Davis” on the HBO series, Treme. Rogan lives and breathes the New Orleans culture, in fact, the first floor of the house he lives in was once a headquarters for the brass bands in the city and he invited our SOP cameras in for a tour of the place. There are in fact two guys named Davis—Davis Rogan, or as he now calls himself “The Real Davis,” and Davis McAlary, the Treme character based on Rogan. That Davis is so well played by Steve Zahn that a number of New Orleanians who will never be Davis Rogan fans prefer the fictionalized TV version of Davis, a man whose unpredictable behavior is nevertheless always subject to potential revision and improvement.
  • Trombone Shorty A product of New Orleans' historical and musical Treme neighborhood, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has been a musician since he was smaller than the trombone he plays. A bandleader by the age of 16, Andrews attracts both older and younger generations of fans with his virtuosity and energy. His music mixes a blend of funk, hip hop and jazz which he dubs 'supafunkrock.' Andrews and his band blur the lines of contemporary music, earning praise from fans, critics, and even some of the biggest names in music. Artist to Watch, July 2010
  • Dr. John Dr. John, born Malcolm John Rebennack, knows New Orleans like no other. The gritty and growly music legend’s lengthy career has perfected the voodoo’d blend of N’awlins blues, funk, and rock n’ roll for which he is renowned. Locked Down, his latest album – produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – was released earlier this year and keeps the voodoo strong. Born and raised in New Orleans, the city is for Dr. John more than just home; it’s his soul and inspiration. It’s a city whose reputation precedes it, and since he first came out on the scene in the 1950s Dr. John has celebrated those streets that run with soul, shine, and easy beats. But with the glitter comes a deeper side; a hint of something beyond. As essential to the Big Easy’s spirit as big brass and Cajun charm are the mysteries of voodoo, the ancient traditions of which have long held Dr. John entranced.
Photo Gallery - Portland Photos by Bob G Media

Restaurants, Bars and Clubs

Sense of Place: New Orleans - Map Points

RESTAURANTS

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  • The Joint
    Site: alwayssmokin.com
    Map: 701 Mazant St New Orleans, LA 70117
    Description: The Joint has been in top 10 BBQ lists in publications from Bon App'tit to Zagat. In July 2008, it was featured in Guy Fieri's Food Network program 'Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.' In 2012, The Joint moved to its current location at 701 Mazant Street.
    Recommended By: Ani DiFranco
    Media: Video
  • VertiMarte Deli
    Site: yelp.com/verti-marte
    Map: 1201 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: Don't be fooled by the rough convenience store appearance, the shrimp and oyster po boy was one of the best. Fried fresh, excellent sauce, soft French roll... seriously amazing.
    Recommended By: Troy
    Media: Video
  • Willie Mae's Restaurant
    Site: yelp.com/willie-maes
    Map: 2401 Saint Ann Street New Orleans, LA 70119
    Description: Jackson Square is a favorite site for visitors and locals. The artists, restaurants, museums, merchants and the square itself make Jackson Square one of the French Quarter's most popular destinations.
    Recommended By: Troy
    Media: Video
  • Zimmer's Seafood
    Site: yelp.com/zimmers
    Map: 4915 Saint Anthony Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Description: Zimmer's Seafood has serviced the New Orleans area for almost 30 years. As good as it gets.
    Recommended By: John Boutte, Davis Rogan
    Media: Photo

Venues

  • Blue Nile
    Site: bluenilelive.com
    Map: 532 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: The premiere live music venue in New Orleans. Located on historic Frenchmen St, it has been the home of countless top funk, blues, soul, and brass shows, featuring local, national and international acts.
    Recommended By: Ani DiFranco
    Media: Photo
  • Hi Ho Lounge
    Site: hiholounge.net
    Map: 2239 Saint Claude Ave New Orleans, LA 70117
    Description: A medium-sized music venue in Downtown New Orleans that features live local and touring acts three or four nights a week
    Recommended By: Davis Rogan, Ani DiFranco
    Media: Photo
  • Rock n' Bowl
    Site: rocknbowl.com
    Map: 3000 South Carrollton Avenue New Orleans, LA 70118
    Description: For well over a half-century, there has been a plein air artist colony at Jackson Square. Local artists paint, draw, create portraits and caricatures, and display their work on the square's iron fence. Some have been there for generations!
    Recommended By: General
    Media: Video
  • Siberia
    Site: siberianola.com
    Map: 2227 Saint Claude Ave New Orleans, LA 70117
    Description: The only place in New Orleans to watch real metal, plus other music genres.
    Recommended By: Davis Rogan, Ani DiFranco
    Media: Photo
  • Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
    Site: snugjazz.com
    Map: 626 Frenchman Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: For over 30 years, Snug Harbor has provided the best in live jazz
    Recommended By: John Boutte, Ani DiFranco
    Media: Photo
  • Spotted Cat Music Club
    Site: spottedcatmusicclub.com
    Map: 623 Frenchmen Street New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: Quintessential live jazz music venue in the city of New Orleans, located just steps from the French Quarter in the Faubourg Marigny District.
    Recommended By: General
    Media: Video
  • Three Muses
    Site: thethreemuses.com
    Map: 536 Frenchmen Street New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: Tapas Bar and chic music venue. The Three Muses brings together professionals in culinary, hospitality and music to create a chic, unique, smoke-free environment committed to quality and verve.
    Recommended By: Davis Rogan
    Media: Video
  • Tipatina's
    Site: tipitinas.com
    Map: 501 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans, LA 70115
    Description: This famous landmark facing the Mississippi River is surrounded by historic buildings, including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums), not to mention the Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the U.S.! The Pontalba Apartments offer retail shops, museums, galleries and restaurants on the ground level; their second and third floors still house a selection of prestigious apartments.
    Recommended By: Troy, Davis Rogan
    Media: Video

Other Places

Sense of Place: New Orleans - Other Places

Places of Interest

  • Angelo Brocato Ice Cream
    Site: angelobrocatoicecream.com
    Map: 214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Description: As rich in history as it is in flavor, Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream Parlor has become a popular New Orleans tradition. Ice cream and desserts. Long standing favorites and an increasing line of pastries and coffees entice natives and visitors with equal zest.
    Recommended By: Davis Rogan
    Media: Photo
  • Euclid Records
    Site: euclidrecords.com
    Map: 3401 Chartres Street New Orleans, LA 70117
    Description: Great record store. Nice selection of used vinyl. Most LPs are in very good to mint condition. The employees are knowledgable.
    Recommended By: Ani DiFranco
    Media: Video
  • F&F Botanicals-Candles Shop
    Site: orleanscandleco.com
    Map: 801 North Broad Street New Orleans, LA 12345
    Description: F & F Botanica Spiritual Supply is located on 801 North Broad St. in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans.
    Recommended By: Dr. John
    Media: Video
  • Holt Cemetery
    Site: nolacemeteries.com
    Map: 635 City Park Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119
    Description: An under-ground cemetery-- possibly the only one in New Orleans. The people buried here are poor, but the graves are very personal and the site is very peaceful. Orbs are very common and the feeling that someone is touching you or tugging on your clothes is constantly felt.
    Recommended By: Dr. John
    Media: Video
  • Jackson Square
    Site: jackson-square.com
    Map: 542 Saint Peter Street New Orleans, LA
    Description: Historic Jackson Square, originally known in the 18th century as "Place d'Armes," and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson, is a timeless attraction in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
    Recommended By: General
    Media: Video
  • Lake Pontchartrain
    Site: pontchartrain.net
    Map: Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, LA
    Description: Hanging out along the river and by Lake Pontchartrain.
    Recommended By: John Boutte
    Media: Photo
  • Louis Armstrong Park
    Site: lonelyplanet.com
    Map: Congo Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/neworleans/N25399.html#ixzz1wwBcuqim
    Recommended By: General
    Media: Video
  • Preservation Hall
    Site: preservationhall.com
    Map: 726 Saint Peter Street New Orleans, LA 70195
    Description: Located in the French Quarter, just three blocks from the Mississippi River. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians in their 70's and 80's and younger musicians learning and embracing music that is both sweet and very beautiful.
    Recommended By: General
    Media: Video
  • Saint Claude Ave
    Site: myneworleans.com/st-claude
    Map: Saint Claude Ave., New Orleans 70117
    Description: The next up and coming music hot spot. The doors are open, the noisy crowds are flowing from one gallery to the next and local and international visitors are enjoying the dozen or so new contemporary art exhibitions opening tonight. You might assume it's another night on Julia Street or maybe Magazine. But be surprised. This vibrant scene is taking place in the Upper 9th Ward on St. Claude Avenue in the Bywater, and it's not just this night. It is 'Second Saturday of the Month' and it happens 12 months of the year.
    Recommended By: Davis Rogan, Ani DiFranco
    Media: Photo
  • Voo Doo Spiritual Temple
    Site: voodoospiritualtemple.org
    Map: 828 North Rampart Street New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: Established in 1990 by Priestess Miriam. Only voodoo spiritual temple in the South. Featured on TV and in movies nationally and internationally. The teachings touch the souls of all.
    Recommended By: Dr. John
    Media: Video
  • Zulu Shop
    Site: kreweofzulu.com
    Map: 722 North Broad Street New Orleans, PA 70119
    Description: Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The Zulu organization is proud of its standing in the local community, but also takes pride in its national and international standing. The Zulu organization has been the subject of numerous television documentaries and newsprint and magazine articles. King Zulu 1949, Louis Armstrong, graced the pages of Time Magazine that year. Essence devoted a full half-hour segment of their weekly television series to Zulu's impact on Carnival. Hordes of feature stories and photo essays have been done by international publication.
    Recommended By: Dr. John
    Media: Video
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