Jazz at the Bistro
Arguably one of the most popular spots for jazz connoisseurs in the entire Midwest, the Bistro spotlights the living legends and rising stars of jazz in an intimate, comfortable listening room. Reserve a table for dinner and drinks, then soak up the sounds of a once-in-a-lifetime show. And don’t be surprised if you bump into Jarreau or Marsalis at the bar.
An entertaining spot for large gatherings, Jazz at the Bistro is happy to accommodate your party for a family reunion weekend or African American-specific convention.
BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soup
Named the city’s “best blues club,” BB’s is where the musicians go to unwind and listen to their fellow artists blow. Like every great 45” single, BB’s excellent B-side is the homemade goodness of delicious soups, on which they stake their reputation—any wiped off on a napkin is just wasted food. Dishes like the Louisiana File’ Gumbo proves BB’s cuisine is as satisfying as the music.
With nine straight wins for "Best Blues Band," the Soulard Blues Band has a riff all its own. Practice your slang for the accompanying scatters!
This nationally acclaimed restaurant and subject of its own reality show on Oprah’s OWN network should have its own monument. Until then, enjoy soul food history in the making. If you’re craving mac’n’cheese, smothered pork, baked chicken or peach cobbler like Big Mommie makes, Sweetie Pie’s is the cure. The recipes are secret, but owner Miss Robbie puts her stamp on every plate. Fair warning: the banana pudding is only on the menu twice a week.
Robbie Montgomery sang backup for Ike and Tina Turner during the 1960s, which launched a 20-year singing career, including gigs with The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Pattie LaBelle.