Those who see a show at Preservation Hall can have vastly different opinions. Some find the “rustic” atmosphere with few amenities discouraging, while others think that the music was divine and the Hall itself a sacred temple at the epicenter of the birth of jazz. But there is no denying that Preservation Hall lives up to its name as an institution dedicated to bringing the sounds of the New Orleans brass band to new generations in a setting reminiscent of the turn-of-the-(last)-century. The building itself has been standing since the 1750’s and the Hall began its life of “preservation” in 1961.
The cover charge is $10; be sure to get in line early for the 8:15 p.m. show. Seating is very limited and, often, more of the audience is standing than sitting. Keep in mind that there is no food or drink service, but with the rest of the French Quarter to satisfy your craving for gumbo and a mint julep, you’ll still survive. Given the debauched atmosphere of Bourbon St. and much of the French Quarter, Preservation Hall is a must for the visitor looking for a real New Orleans experience of exceptional jazz.
Preservation Hall (The Hall) Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessible: No
- Performances/Programs: Nightly sets at 8:15 pm.
- Ticket Prices: $10 cover charge.