I’m still planning my itinerary for Louisiana. New Orleans is certainly on the map. Also Baton Rouge. This will likely be the week of March 20th. Please leave any comments or suggestions below – especially looking for spots off the beaten path.


  1. energy0m
    March 21, 2006 at 8:58pm
    yo yo yo yo yo ... hope the road trip is goin well .. becoming more and more an avid pandora listener as well turning more and more of my friends into pandora listeners as well ;) got the internet cafe I work for here in New Orleans playin' Pandora ;) anyhow just wanted to repost the list I posted before where its relevant, under the louisiana section ... lemme know if yer gonna do a meetup here http://www.nolagraphics.com/the_list/
  2. Shawn
    March 23, 2006 at 2:34am
    Location: Duson,LA -roughly 3 hrs due east of N.O. Right off the Interstate yet "off the beaten path" as you put it at the same time.Join me and my girlfriend for som spicy Cajun food and listen to som great tunes. Exit 92 I believe. email for further instructions.
  3. Shawn
    March 23, 2006 at 2:38am
    Too bad youre not goin through Lafayette. I forgot to say in my last blog that Im a local musician with my own brand of abstract rockesque dittys and backwards experimental grooves.Will Try to get some sent to U guys at pandora soon
  4. Carrie
    March 26, 2006 at 3:21pm
    If you come to Baton Rouge you need to check out The Caterie on Perkins Rd. Every Wed. and Thurs. they have live bands. It could be more nights but those are the two nights I've been. They are pretty good. There's also Tabby's Blues Box downtown. Good luck. Hope you got this before your visit.
    March 28, 2006 at 9:06am
  6. Tim Westergren
    March 28, 2006 at 2:10pm
    THanks all. What is Bounce music? Is it a style? thanks for reposting, energyOm. We had a snaffu on the blog - still have all the postings from before, but they didn't get integrated into the new one - working on that. Will definitely be doing a meetup in each town. I'll post a soon as I know where/when. THanks for the invite, Shawn. Do send us your music - we're all ears. Tim
  7. Nicole Gallagher
    March 29, 2006 at 9:11am
    I just got your email suggesting that i come let you know if i have any suggestions as to where you should stop and i think that stopping on march 30th at the Blue Moon Saloon in lafayette, LA.Would be a great place to go!! Wendy Colonna will be there and I think it will be a show worthy of your attention!!
  8. Ben
    March 29, 2006 at 2:54pm
    When: Thursday April 6th @ 10pm Where: Rookies (1510 Jefferson St Lafayette LA 70506) What: Prodigal and the Trip Hop Collective (a conglomerate of local musicians in the trip hop genre) will be performing. To hear the tracks that they will be playing you can go to www.myspace.com/triphopcollective Additionally, Prodigal has a radio show on the local alternative station on Sunday nights at 9pm, playing nothing but the best music from the Trip Hop category. The website for the radio show is www.liquidlounger.com. We would love to be able to promote pandora on the radio show. Contact me for further details. Thanks - Ben
  9. Tim Westergren
    March 29, 2006 at 8:25pm
    hey Ben - would love to hook up with your show... How do we get in touch?
  10. Sean
    March 30, 2006 at 10:33am
    Check out Club Culture @ 450 Oklahoma St. Sole will be playing there on 4/20 and more than one of my friends have used that venue to drop their first cd's. South Baton Rouge has a fairly diverse music culture, from the college garage rock bands, to small jazz ensembles, to lil boosie and youngbleed. If you're timing is right you might catch one of the semi-annual music festivals on Ivanhoe St. right outside the south gates of LSU.
  11. Johnny Palazzotto
    March 30, 2006 at 1:31pm
    Tim, Looking forward to your visit Saturday afternoon. Be aware LSU vs UCLA in a Final 4 matchup begins at 4pm. The entire State of La. will be watching the game. We will be able to talk music for two hours. I may join you for Shrimp & Corn soup at the Chimes. Johnny Palazzotto
  12. Tod
    March 30, 2006 at 4:33pm
    Even though they won't be in town on the 1st. Meriwether is the best band to come out of the Baton Rouge area since Better Than Ezra. They would be a great addition to the already incredible collection of tunes you provide in your music database. Check them out on www.meriwetherrock.com and I'll look forward to hearing them on Pandora.
  13. Ben R.
    March 30, 2006 at 5:00pm
    Do yourself a favor and skip the Chimes, unless your just going for a bite to eat. It's really nothing more than a frat bar. Go to the Red Star bar. It's downtown at 222 Laurel St., and really the only worthwhile bar in the whole city. I guess I'd say Spanish Moon is good as well. I spent about 4 months against my will in B.R. this fall thanks to Katrina. But the people at Red Star are really nice and musically knowledgable. Looks like the have a show that night too. Either way, skip the Chimes, especially given the final four. Hope this helps. As for New Orleans, make sure you check out One Eyed Jacks in the Quarter in addition to your scheduled visit to Tip's, and maybe Le Bon Temps Roule, Circle Bar and the Saint. Happy travels.
  14. Blair
    March 30, 2006 at 6:35pm
    Be sure to pick up the "Fun" section of Baton Rouge's Friday newspaper (The Advocate) to see venues and what-not. Everyone is right -- the Chimes is going to be crazy for the basketball game. Saturday: The Benjy Davis Project will be at Fred's (a college bar by campus), Addavoy will be at Mike's in Plaquemine (just over the MS River bridge), Low-Country Audio will be at Chelsea's (across from the Chimes), and Michael Chua will be at the Mellow Mushroom by campus. You may also want to check out Northgate Tavern (other side of campus from the Chimes) and Red Star (downtown). Also, The Caterie (live music every night) has a compilation album of local artists that I think you can get on their website. I hope you got to check out the Scott Fisher Band while in Oregon. I stumbled upon them while visiting Seattle and I was really impressed. Sorry this is so long, but I think what you're doing is great and I hope you get the most out of your visit to BR. Welcome! If you need any more information, just drop me a note. Good luck on your journey -- I envy your job (I'm an auditor!).
  15. Kirstin Squint
    March 30, 2006 at 8:00pm
    Hey Tim, If you're looking for a musical event that's off the beaten path, and you're in Baton Rouge on April 1st, you can't miss the annual "Mudd-In" celebration, a birthday party for Muddy Waters, at Teddy's Juke Joint on Scenic Highway. Just 16.5 miles north of LSU (approx. 25 minute drive), Teddy's Juke Joint www.teddysjukejoint.com/thejukejoint.cfm is "an authentic Louisiana juke joint" and lies hidden in the shade of towering trees just off of the highway. The event begins at noon, and there will be free food and music. The music kicks off at 3:00 p.m. with Baton Rouge's hot up-and-coming band, the Andy Squint Blues Trio, who will be playing until 6:00 p.m. Andy Squint fronts the band on guitar, vocals, and harmonica. Sam Hogan, son of Louisiana blues legend, Silas Hogan, holds down the rhythm on drums, and King Solomon will accompany on bass. The headliner, blues artist Bryan Lee, will be performing at 8:00 p.m. You can find a map to Teddy's on the home page of Andy Squint's website: www.andysquint.com. Hope to see you there! Kirstin ;)
  16. energy0m
    March 30, 2006 at 8:02pm
    le bon temps is the bomb .... they always have good shows there... and confirmed on the chimes ... beer joint but not much more ..
  17. Ian
    March 30, 2006 at 9:57pm
    hey Tim, I love the site and have been listening alot and turning friends on to it as well. If you come to baton rouge on the 1st, a really kick ass band (Low Country Audio) will be playing at the best music club in BR, Chelseas Cafe, plus it's the remodeled grand opening... so you must come and check it out. My name is Ian and feel free to contact me by e-mail if you have any questions. Hope to see you there.(www.chelseascafe.com) P.S. Chelseas also serves up some good creole food that won't dissapoint. Also, the Red Star and Spanish Moon are nice but don't have nearly the music scene as Chelseas....trust me..one music lover to another!!
  18. dan H
    March 31, 2006 at 5:53am
    Re South Louisiana. Be sure to go to Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, La. Wonderful food, art and music. . .. ANd, on Saturday mornings in Eunice, the best Cajun jam session in the world, at Savoy's Music Shop, 'till noon: beer, boudin, acoustic instruments played by the local cajuns just for "fun." Dancing, etc. Also, in New Orleans, be sure to go to Mid-City Lanes Rock-n-Bowl: bowling alley, bar, and great local music. .. real new orleans. Also, Maple Leaf Bar, Le Bon Temps Roulet, and Dos Jefes, all Uptown . .. the real deal. See: http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf?domain=music&kids=&wday=&type=&region=34&range=7&x=50&y=6 good luck, and let me know if I can assist.
  19. Debbie S
    March 31, 2006 at 6:54am
    Hi Tim, Welcome to the real LA ;~) I am in Southwest La...Lake Charles exactly. Since the hurricane my main LA man is Tab Beniot. He is promoting an album to save the wetlands which was recorded before Katrina! Anyone helping in that regard is my hero since the experience with Hurricane Rita last year. Love your Pandora Project keep up the good work.
  20. chris
    March 31, 2006 at 4:15pm
    If you are really looking for good music in Baton Rouge, check out Red Star. It is a small nice bar down town and is probably one of the few bars down here that plays original bands. Most bars down here really focus on great cover bands probably because most people want to here music they are familiar with. I like to listen to bands to discover new music and you are not going to find that at the caterie or most bars down here for that manner. Check out Red Star i promise you want regret it.
  21. Tim Westergren
    April 01, 2006 at 2:53pm
    Thanks for all of these great comments everyone. Sounds like it may be mayhem at Chimes. Probably too late to change. We can see how it goes. Definitely going to hit the Mudd-in and Chelseas.. See you all later... T.
  22. Elizabeth
    April 01, 2006 at 6:13pm
    Sunday night is open mich nite at the Neutral Ground, a reasonably famous coffee shop in New Orleans. It's right off St. Charles Ave down Soniat. Also, if you're looking for Jazz music, run yourself down Frenchman St. and hit up Snug Harbor. Give me a call if you need anything at all, ok? (xxx) xxx xxxx. Elizabeth Levy. Good luck and happy hunting!
  23. Roy Stapp
    April 11, 2006 at 5:10am
    You will gtravel through the Mississippi delta and you really need to see this web page. http://www.deltablues.net/index.html Did you hear anything about the band "Justin Baily" in Baton rouge?
  24. David
    May 02, 2006 at 1:55am
    A note to Kirsten Squint: A "jule joint" which is known to people outside the community is not a juke joint. Juke joints are clandistine, illegal and fun. With the proper guide, after several miles of dirt road, you will come to a small building, often with an exterior of corrugated metal. When you park among the numerous cars already there, several faces appear in the door, apprehensive until your guide identifies him or herself. The hum of the generator will let you know you are miles beyond utilitiy lines. Relax, you're among friends. Once inside, the music is among the best in the world. You're safe! Enjoy! You're free to make any choices you wish. Or none. David
  25. Angie
    June 02, 2006 at 6:50am
    Check out the funky Nawlin's trombone group "Bonerama". They are awesome! http://bonerama.net/
  26. Cary
    July 31, 2006 at 1:48pm
    You must visit Lafayette!! our music scene is awesome for a such a lame town.
  27. Phree
    November 30, 2006 at 6:54pm
    You should head to the northshore. There is a great little place in Mandeville called Ruby's Roadhouse. Lots of really great local blues talent. You would have a kicking time! :)
  28. Al
    March 22, 2007 at 7:45pm
    Hello Tim, You should stop by Snug Harbor while in New Orleans. they have not posted the april schedule yet but they usually have some great jazz shows and you can't come to NO without hearing some good jazz. The food is great there too. Al
  29. Dorris Weiffenbach
    January 22, 2008 at 7:26pm
    Do you have a 2008 schedule? I am originally from LA. and would like to know when you will be there in 2008. I will make plans to be there when you are. Wherever....

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