Art and Music, New Orleans
Most people identify New Orleans with the Mardi Gras and with jazz. If you want to take something back home by which to remember this jivin' town...you can, by stopping by The Music Factory where row after row of CD's containing most (if not all) of the jazz greats are available to you.
My Dad had requested that I search for The Dukes of Dixieland CD's--a suggested Christmas gift. I was ecstatic to find several by this jazz band!
The Music Factory, was voted 'best record store' and no wonder because you'll find CD's for Jazz, Blues, Zydeco, Cajun and Gospel music, live in-store performances and posters, t-shirts, DVD's, books and sheet music.
Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 12n-6pm.
I love music and I like vinyl records but when I travel it’s really a big trouble to carry them so I don’t check for them away from Greece. We actually entered at Louisiana Music Factory to check some tshirt that had some famous jazzmen printed on them…
…and then we went upstairs and it was like I entered in paradise, my wife understood what will follow so she just went to the corner while I stood speechless! I couldn’t stop checking around the numerous old jazz records, they specialize on jazz/blues/Cajun but also some soul and rock stuff.
A guy from store came and I asked a few questions, he seemed to know well his job and that’s always good to have someone to know exactly what you are looking for, he is knowledgeable and loves jazz music too but he also to tries hard to please you, so he started to make suggestions, they have a turntable where you can check on your own anyway, I ended up with too many vinyls on my hands at the end, and the prices were normal so I spent a lot of my dollars here. It’s great way to feel the local culture and jazz music is the local culture in New Orleans. I focused only on local jazz music from 20s to 40s, their collection is huge.
I loved the place, even the restrooms were full of jazz posters and pics :) If you really love music and want something local to bring back home this is your place.
It’s open Monday to Saturday 11.00-19.00
Peaches is different that Louisiana Music Factory, it’s actually a big record store with a lot of new released, books and gudgets so it isn’t really different that the ones you already know but it’s interesting with a small vinyl selection but not the best prices around.
It is just that I had been to Music Factory and I had bought all these vinyls records that I wasn’t in mood to check for more music while in New Orleans.
The staff was friendly and there weren’t many customers inside. The good thing here is that they even have a small café near the entrance.
What to buy: You'll find all types of antique maps and prints here, ranging in price from around $10 to hundreds. Subjects are sorted according to country, city, subject (shells, botanicals, horses, etc.), and so forth.
What to buy:
You'll find all kinds of classic JazzFest and Mardi Gras posters any and everywhere in the French Quarter. Make sure to shop a few places (they all carry similar items) before finding the best deal.
You'll also have your pick of street artists, many of whom are extremely talented.
Jackson Square provides a great venue for artists and performers, definately worth a stop to check it out. Many of the artists focus on the N.O. culture in their work. The paintings are very visually appealing and great souveniers, but not very original. It appears they cultivate one particular style and subject and repeat that style in every painting. Chances are if you buy a painting they've already painted that exact painting before- but hey they know what tourists like. And the paintings are very bright and beautiful, and pretty affoardable. Large paintings go for between $75- $350, and small ones 6"x6" for about $40. Another artist to check out is Jamie Hayes- he is located in Riverwalk mall and on Decatuer (I believe), his painting are Mardi Gras inspired and pretty affordable, plus if he is there when you purchase he is very willing to autograph them for you.
This is an Artist Owned cooperative gallery, where you will meet any of the 25 artists and designers each time you visit. Located in a Cultural District, there is no sales tax on original art.
What to buy: The gallery carries paintings, prints, photographs, glass, raku-fired clay, mixed media, turned wood, fiber arts, silk and hats.
What to pay: greeting card for $5.00 to original painting for $17,000, and every price in between
On the broad sidewalks around Jackson Square we saw several sidewalk artists displaying and selling their artwork. To me, such art bought directly from the artist is one of the best souvenirs of a place one can get.
Okay, I'll be honest and say that we did not buy any art on this trip. I didn't have an easy way to get it home. But the walls of our home are loaded with art - both original and prints - which I have bought from sidewalk artists in many different countries of the world.
Support small time artists. Cut on the middle man. Give yourself a treat. Preserve a memory. You do all of this and more when you make a purchase from a sidewalk artist.
The Arts Market of New Orleans and Bywater Art Markets are monthly art markets occuring for the last 3 years in New Orleans. You will find everything from glass blowers to painters to jewelry designers. There is something for everyone at these markets. And, the best part about it is that if you go, you will be supporting the local artists post-Katrina. These markets are what the French Market USED to be many years ago. Handcrafted art at great prices!!
The Arts Market of New Orleans is held the LAST Saturday of every month.
Bywater Art Market is held the THIRD Saturday of every month.
Visit these sites to learn more http://www.bywaterartmarket.com & http://www.artscouncilofneworleans.org to learn more
What to buy: You will find watercolors, oil paintings, handcrafted jewelry, woodturned works of art, silk screened t-shirts, garden art...the list goes on and on. Something for everyone and every age.
What to pay: $6 - $2500
Great local art market where you can anything and everything New Orleans! Plus More!
The Mid City Art Market has now been taken over by the Arts Council of New Orleans. It is now called The Arts Market of New Orleans. They have fine art and crafts from most of the Gulf Region, but particulary the Greater New Orleans area. Held the LAST Saturday of every month!
This is what the French Market used to be in the 80's, but BETTER!!! Everything is hand crafted!
What to buy: Hand crafted jewelry, paintings, stained glass, glass vessels, pottery and MORE!
What to pay: $5-$2,000
Photography, jewelry, handpainted clothing, pottery, frames, art, kidswear -- all by local artists.
What to buy: I couldn't see any further than the handmade teddy bears and bunny rabbits constructed from chenille bedspreads by a local artist. They are SOFT!!
How about this, a groovy used / new record store with a bar next door / downstairs?
Mushroom Records is a hodgepodge of music and accessories...
The Boot is a good place to have a beer or shoot a game of pool.
This locale attracts a Tulane crowd.
New Orleans Artist JK Schwehm sells original paintings and prints of New Orleans from his studio on Fig Street and on the web at his web page: http://www.figstreet.com/studio/ Most of the paintings on my VT page are his.
What to pay: This is a reputable art gallery with all original works. Prices range anywhere from $200 for lesser known pieces (unframed) to $200,000 for art with a bigger name.
New Orleans Artist JK Schwehm sells original paintings and prints of New Orleans and the Louisiana Swamps from his studio and from his web page.