This year, readers picked the House of Blues (houseofblues.com), with its folk-art festooned walls and a metal box of Mississippi Delta mud tucked under the stage, as the best music venue in the state.
There is a show of shows seven nights a week in New Orleans, more live music than one could ever hear in a lifetime of late nights. In the Quarter, in the Marigny, Uptown, downtown, and, when all else fails, on street corners spotlighted and improvised. No trip to the Crescent City is right without joining the parade. Luckily, all you have to do is follow your ear.