It’s been seven months since New Orleans’s music venues have been able to operate as normal, and the city is losing its storied clubs one by one; Frenchmen Street’s D.B.A. and Freret Street’s Gasa Gasa are both up for sale, and downtown’s Circle Bar likely won’t live past 2020. Kermit Ruffins’s Mother in Law Lounge is also in danger, with the musician recently launching a GoFundMe to appeal to the many visitors and locals who’ve enjoyed a New Orleans band at his Treme juke joint.
Though some live music is now permitted at restaurants and concert halls (that have obtained a Special Event Permit), many New Orleans music venues can’t yet have customers inside, and for those that can, it doesn’t make financial sense to host live acts for limited patrons. Here, Eater rounds up ways to support the clubs and venues that have helped make New Orleans a worldwide destination for live music.
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Stream live shows on Chickie Wah Wah’s Facebook, Thursdays at 8 p.m and donate via PayPal at NewOrleansMusicLive@gmail.com or on Venmo @NewOrleansMusicLiveDonate.
Follow the Hi-Ho Lounge Facebook page for weekly livestreams and other ways to support.
Subscribe to the Howlin’ Wolf’s Tuesday livestream series with Rebirth Brass Band and get access to all 10 shows, exclusive merch offers, and more.
Donate to the Mother in Law Lounge GoFundMe, and email to book Kermit himself for in-person outdoor shows at home or Zoom concerts.
Donate to the Maple Leaf’s COVID relief fund, order from a new set of fundraising merch, or tune in for the bar’s viral sessions, only $10 per show or $49.99 for a package; or subscribe to the new “Exile On Oak Street” series every Thursday. Fans can also buy an engraved brick for the rebuilding of the Maple Leaf Bar courtyard here.
Order takeout Thursday through Sunday, starting at 6 p.m.
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