New Orleans Music Heritage Tour

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  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00am, 1:00pm, 6:00pm, Please advise preferred departure time in the special requirements
  • Departure Details :
    Louisiana Music Factory, 421 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
  • Return Details :
    712 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Dig intothe musical history of New orleans with this 2-hour music and heritage tour. Listen to songs and the stories behind them as you learnmore about the immortals of blues, jazz, gospel, and rock n'roll that have been a part of this city. Hear about Louis Armstrong, James Booker, FatsDomino, The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Buddy Bolden, Mahalia Jackson, and many others who are part of 300 years of musical heritage.


  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Meet your guide, Keith(a Louisiana record man with more than 20 years record business experience), at the Louisiana Music Factory on Frenchman Street -the most musical street in New orleans.The aural-visual walking tour is accompanied by Bluetooth speaker capability to provide musical accompaniment of the artists and locations along the tour.

One of the first stops is Cosimo's Sound, secondstudio home of Cosimo Matassa. The former banana warehouse was home to masterful recordings that made up the 'New orleans Sound' as professed on vinyl by the likes of Allen Toussaint, the Meters, and Lee Dorsey.

From this location, turn on Chartres Street and pay a visit to the boyhood home of Danny Parker. Along with his rambunctious and bawdy singing wife Blue Lu, we learn how a single man can save New Orleans Brass Band heritage.

Next are stops in the Place de Armes, Preservation Jazz Hall, a stroll down Bourbon street to Mister New Orleans, and J&M Studios - the 'Home of Rock N' Roll.'

Stops in Armstrong Park include Congo square and the Louis Armstrong statue. Whilein the Treme, America's 1st African-American neighborhood, you'll hearabout their influence in New Orleans music and heritage.

Cross over N. Rampart back into the French quarter stopping at what some call the 'House of the Rising Sun.' Explore the metaphoric use of music in cultural storytelling.

The Royal Orleans Hotel tells of the heady days of rock n'roll when the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, the Allman Brothers, Little Feat, and Led Zeppelin hit all the haunts. Debauchery and music ensued.

Dr. John calls James Booker 'the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.' Hear why at the former Toulouse Theatre. Also hear about another grand pianist popular in music today who was taught by Booker.You might also hear about Irma Thomas and her Grammy win, or how the blues were born.


Entry/Admission - French Quarter

Entry/Admission - Preservation Hall

Entry/Admission - Louisiana Music Factory

Entry/Admission - Bourbon Street

Entry/Admission - Chartres Street

Entry/Admission - Louis Armstrong Park



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

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  • 10-Feb-2020

    Keith Abel of Abel tours great music tour! He is energetic and very knowledgeable NOLA music history. Awesome tour and would Highly recommend!!

  • 22-Jan-2020

    The guide was more than knowledgeable, a wealth-spring of information . The tour wasn't so much my cup of tea, as I could have gone with a little less detail and more about artists I would have known, but my musical fiance really enjoyed all the extra information. We had a little problem getting there because of the public transit being re-routed, but the guide waited for us and was pleasant and welcoming.

  • 31-Jul-2019

    Lots of information. Would like to hear more about Preservation Hall and Frenchman Street. The guy has lots of info, but needs to be able to gauge when he's losing his audience and move on.

  • 13-May-2019

    We had a great tour, he was very knowledgeable and friendly. The group had a great time with him. Would do the tour again.

  • 09-Apr-2019

    Keith is a wealth of knowledge on history and music. Relaxed pace and a refreshment/restroom break. Would highly recommend to anyone with any interest in the history of NOLA music.

  • 26-Mar-2019

    What a great day learning about New Orleans and the music heritage. Very fun just not long enough to learn everything he had to teach us.

  • 22-Mar-2019

    We enjoyed this tour. Keith is fun and knowledgeable about the history of music in New Orleans. He took great pictures for us and help us understand the music scene in New Orleans. If you like music and history, this tour is a great mix.

  • 08-Oct-2018

    Enjoyed this walk through the French Quarter and Frenchmen’s Street. The guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. Great fun listing to the music he had with him as week soaked up the feel of the French Quarter. Abvious the Guide loved the subject of Jazz!

  • 09-Jul-2018

    Best 50 dollars we spent while in New Orleans. Thank you Keith for sharing your knowledge with us it is one we wont soon forget.

  • 06-Jul-2018

    I did not know a lot about NOLA's blues music and history until I took Keith's AMAZING tour. He will show you the French Quarter while telling you all about New Orleans blues and he'll even play music for you along the way. I loved this tour. I took this the first day I visited NOLA and Keith made me feel so welcome.

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