The atmosphere is lively, even raucous, over at Ruby's Roadhouse, a live music venue of long-standing in Mandeville. It is a little more genteel over at Wild Bush Farm & Vineyard, where an annual concert series, Jazz'n the Vines, brings families out to picnic under the stars.
Whatever the setting, live music is a part of the cultural scene on the Northshore where everything from wine-sipping to parade-watching to hot dates comes with a soundtrack. Here are a few venues you might want to check out.
Abita Springs Opry Acoustic Louisiana roots music is highlighted at the Opry in the Abita Springs Town Hall. Hear country, bluegrass, southern gospel and Cajun music presented by regional performers. The place is always packed for performances, and lines form early. Luckily, there is entertainment on the front porch before the main show, and gumbo is served at the concession stand. The Opry recently was chosen to host the Smithsonian Institute's exhibit, New Harmonies, Roots Music in America. Shows are held on second Saturdays, March-May and September-November.
Jazz n' the Vines This concert series is held at Wild Bush Farm & Vineyard (formerly Pontchartrain Vineyards) winery, in Bush, about 20 minutes outside Covington, hosts an outdoor concert series twice monthly in spring and fall. Regional acts perform on the small outdoor stage for concert-goers enjoying picnics on the grass against a backdrop of grapevines.
Mandeville Live! In Autumn and Spring, the City of Mandeville hosts a free concert series at the Trailhead. Fall concerts are on Fridays, September-October, and spring concerts are on Fridays, March-April.
Rockin' the Rails: Every Thursday in April and October, the City of Covington presents the Rockin' the Rails concert series featuring popular acts from across the region. Concerts are held at Covington Trailhead, Rev. Peter Atkins Park, and Bogue Falaya Park. Check our calendar for locations and music lineup.