Louisiana – 50 States of Music


Music Industry Contribution to State GDP

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Jobs Supported

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Music Establishments

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Royalty Recipients





Louisiana and music are inseparable.

From Louis Armstrong to Britney Spears, Louisiana has a diverse and vibrant music heritage that crosses genres and has for decades produced unforgettable, impactful songs. The southern region of the state is the birthplace of traditional creole and zydeco music, originating with slave songs and later incorporating those melodies and rhythms into more instrumental, contemporary sounds. Northern Louisiana is most famous for its contemporary country music superstars, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, and Hank Williams Jr., among others, and the radio program "Louisiana Hayride," which is widely viewed as a predecessor to The Grand Ole Opry and in the 1950s broadcast live performances by virtually every country icon in the region. New Orleans has a musical identity of its own, and is responsible for the genesis of Dixieland jazz and a subgenre of the blues known for its Caribbean influences.


  • Better Than Ezra
  • Britney Spears
  • Buddy Guy
  • Cowboy Mouth
  • Fats Domino
  • Harry Connick Jr.
  • Hunter Hayes
  • Lil Wayne
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Master P
  • Tim McGraw
  • The Neville Brothers
  • Wynton & Elis Marsalis

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Bayou Country Superfest Festival
  • Blue Moon Saloon
  • Blue Nile
  • Buku Music + Art Project Festival
  • Carnaval Lounge
  • Carver Theater
  • Civic Theatre
  • d.b.a. NOLA
  • Essence Music Festival
  • Gasa Gasa
  • Generations Hall 
  • Greek Theatre
  • Hi - Ho Lounge
  • Howlin’ Wolf
  • Maison
  • Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts
  • Maple Leaf Bar
  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Mid City Ballroom
  • New Orleans Jazz Fest Festival
  • One Eyed Jacks
  • Orpheum Theater
  • Preservation Hall
  • Republic NOLA 
  • RiverView Theater
  • Saenger Theatre
  • Santos Bar
  • Sidneys Salloon
  • Smoothie King Center
  • Southport Hall
  • Spanish Moon
  • State Palace Theatre
  • Techno Club
  • Texas Club
  • Tipitina's
  • The Howlin' Wolf
  • The Saint Bar and Lounge
  • The Varsity Theatre
  • The Spotted Cat Music Club
  • Voodoo Experience Festival

Music Schools

  • Northwestern State University
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Louisiana State University

Major Music Conferences

  • Society for American Music Conference
  • Jazz Education Network Conference
  • New Orleans Imporvisation Conference
  • Words and Music Conference
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music U.S. Conference
  • Sync Up
  • Cutting Edge Music Business Conference
  • Essence Music Festival
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