If you like good music, this is the place to be. There’s a show every weekend with any type of music you can imagine! I never went to concert until I came to Loyola (I didn’t know what I was missing out on!) and now I’m addicted- I love live music. I’ve discovered some of my favorite bands by stumbling on random concerts and buying an album or two.

The band Blue Party (http://bluepartymusic.com/) is one example of such an occurrence. I happened to be on Frenchman with a few friends, walking around aimlessly and looking for something to do. We heard music coming out of Maison (http://www.maisonfrenchmen.com/) and went in on a whim. We were met with a loud guitar, screaming crowd, and a person dressed up in a crazy costume standing on stage. That moment I fell in love with Blue Party. My favorite song by them, “Homeless,”(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjcRX-EbgOA) talks about what it feels like to be caught in between childhood and adulthood, not living at home anymore but not really having a new place to call your own. One lyric says “Maybe its time I redefine where my home is,” a sentiment I can relate to being a college student living in a dorm far away from home. I have all their music on my phone and I go to as many New Orleans shows as I can! The best part- they’re local so the cover is normally pretty cheap!

What about closer to school? I don’t know if you’ve noticed…. but we have an amazing music school right on campus so there is an abundance of musicians all around us. We’re coming up on recital season, so I expect there to be lots of seniors and juniors eager to show off what they’ve been working on for the past semester. There’s also crazy amounts of Loyola bands that preform places like the Neutral Ground (http://www.neutralgroundcoffeehouse.com/), a coffeehouse that lets amateurs take the stage. The better bands make it to bars downtown, and the Loyola band CityLark is playing a show this Saturday at the Howling Wolf Den! Doors open at 9pm and everyone gets a free EP (http://www.facebook.com/events/315642128487024/). If you’re looking for something fun to do, you should definitely come a fresh new band (on the cheap) with us.

I’m not musical at all so it thrills me to be around musically talented people. I’ve made it my goal to go to at least two local concerts a month and so far I haven’t been disappointed. With Jazzfest (http://lineup.nojazzfest.com/) coming up, I’m saving my money to see the big name acts coming. I love the big music venues, but cheap is always my favorite way to go, and there is no shortage of music for those on a college budget in New Orleans!

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