Live music lovers are in for a treat this spring on the Northshore. All across the parish, you can catch outdoor music through multiple concert series.
Enjoy the fair spring weather sprawled on a blanket, as you take in the show on the lawn. Listen in peace or grab a partner and dance. Some locations even allow pets and drinks (but be sure to check with the show before you go.)
The blend of genres at these concerts offers something for every music fan, young and old. There’s nothing better than sounds and sun shining through the trees as you listen to covers of hits, or maybe, a songwriter with a diamond-in-the-rough single.
Below are some of the Northshore’s most popular outdoor concert series. But believe us when we say, there are many more! Check out our event calendar for a full list of upcoming live music shows.
Jazz'n the Vines
The Jazz'n the Vines outdoor concert series at Wild Bush Farm + Vineyard (formerly Pontchartrain Vineyards) is a great evening for a date night, family outing or a get together with friends. Children are welcome, and free under 12. Vineyard wines are available for tasting and purchase, and we will have local food trucks serving up some good eats. Bring your fest chairs, blankets and battery powered candles, but no bonfires, pets, sky lanterns or outside drinks allowed.
Lineup includes - April 1st: Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. with Ils Sont Partis Band; April 8th: Debbie Davis; April 22nd: Dave Jordan & The NIA; May 20th: Amanda Shaw. Gates open at 5. Concerts are from 6:30-9 p.m. $12 per person or online only special of 2 tickets plus a bottle of featured wine for $28.
Sunset at the Landing
On March 17th, April 21st, May 19th, September 15th and October 20th this free concert will take place at the Columbia Street Landing at the foot of Columbia Street in downtown Covington (100 North Columbia Street.) Here you can listen to local artists play alongside the beautiful Bogue Falaya River at sunset.
For details, visit their Facebook page.
Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall
The historic Dew Drop is more than a music venue, it is an experience. If you’ve been, you know exactly what we mean. You can feel the history and magic inside. The quaint space fills up quickly, but large crowds overflow in the nearby green spaces to hear the show through open windows.
The spring 2023 concert lineup includes: New Orleans Jazz Vipers, March 11th; Arco Latino: La Orquesta Moderna, April 1st; Monque D. Blue Revue, April 8th; Shannon Powell All Star Band, April 22nd; and The Jump Hounds, May 13th. Be sure to check with the Dew Drop for any changes.
Mandeville Live! is a collection of free concerts on Fridays from March through May at the Mandeville Trailhead, starting at 6:30 p.m. The launch point along the Tammany Trace (675 Lafitte Street) is a hub for special events, live concerts and seasonal activities throughout the year.
This spring concert season boasts a lineup that includes: Four Unplugged, March 24th; Little Freddie King, March 31st; Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, April 14th; Bottoms Up, April 21st; NOLA Dukes Band, April 28th; and After Party, May 12th. Concessions are available for purchase. More info.
Rockin’ the Rails
Rockin’ the Rails is the concert series at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. Hampshire St., on Thursdays each April. This free concert is rockin’!
This spring’s lineup includes Kermit Ruffins, March 30th; Fermin Ceballos, April 6th; Witness, April 13th, Swingaroux, April 20th; and Lost in the '60s, April 27th. Concerts are 5:30-7 p.m., giving you plenty of time to explore downtown restaurants and shops after the show. More info.
Slidell hosts the ever so popular, Bayou Jam. This concert series takes place at Heritage Park from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. with free admission.
Their lineup includes: The New Orleans Mystics, April 22nd, Witness, April 29th, and The Sugar Shakers, May 6th.
These concerts and the many like them put us on the map as a destination with great live music to be heard. And as festival season ramps up, you’ll have many opportunities to catch your favorite local and traveling bands in town. In addition to live music, the Northshore’s spring is filled with events for foodies, families, couples and more. Check out our event calendar and be sure to sign up for our enewsletter for our latest happenings.