Shows at The Little Gem Saloon

We offer live music almost every night of the week, with a mix of ticketed events and shows with no cover charge. The Little Gem has regular performances by Shamarr Allen, Kermit Ruffins, and other well known local favorites as well as featuring new up and coming artists. All tickets for shows at the Little Gem Saloon are general admission and we cannot guarantee seating. If you’d like to reserve a table for any of our shows, call us at 504-267-4863 and we will do our best to accommodate you!

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Happy Hour with Kyle Cripps 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Kyle Cripps
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Happy Hour with Kyle Cripps
  A native of Cape May, NJ, multi-instrumentalist and composer Kyle Cripps is now at the forefront of the New Orleans modern music scene. With his own project, One Love Brass Band, or with many other groups like Billy Franklin’s Smoke N Bones or Jamey St Pierre and the Honeycreepers, Kyle is now a regular on sax or keyboards in the greater Gulf area.
Cutting Edge presents The Listening Room 6:00 pm
Cutting Edge presents The Listening Room
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm
Cutting Edge Listen Room at Little Gem Saloon, 60’s Icon, Beat poet, John Sinclair is joined by Carlo Ditta for a night of Beat driven Blues Learn more about Little Gem’s past as an early 1900’s Jazz Age venue and New Orleans original Jazz District. See John Lennon perform the Free John Sinclair concert. Nigerian poet, University of New Orleans Distinguished Professor of English, Niyi Osundare, winner of the prestigious Noma Prize and the Cadbury Poetry Prize, will read from his Blues poetry collection. Artist Rose Marie Sand folk art and work from her Fazendevilleexhibit.
The Mario Abney Sextet Live 8:00 pm
The Mario Abney Sextet Live
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm
The Mario Abney Sextet Live
  Mario Abney will be broadcasting this show live from the Little Gem Saloon! He’ll host special guests each week. Chicago born and raised Jazz Trumpeter Mario Abney now of New Orleans fuses traditional and extended trumpet techniques in a most inventive way; his strikingly personal instrumental vision endows the music with an infinite array of tonal color. Recognized for his ability to create pure musical dialog, and hear music in a universally spiritual way, he is definitely one of New Orleans most pioneering young jazz musicians.
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Happy Hour with Monty Banks 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Monty Banks
Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Happy Hour with Monty Banks
  Monty Banks is a musician – an entertainer – a jazz singer – a piano player. Currently living in New Orleans, Monty can be heard five nights a week at the lovely Bombay Club in the French Quarter. He also appears regularly in New Orleans’ Frenchmen Street Music District, at the Three Muses, and the Spotted Cat. In the summer times Monty returns to his native Seattle, where he can be with family and friends, and participate in the summer music scene in the great northwest. From the roots of Rock ‘N Roll, to the swingin’ good times of the Rat Pack Era, Monty’s adventures in music have taken him from New York City, to his native Seattle, to Las Vegas, to cuise ships, Indian Casinos, and now the city where jazz was born. “I love mixing the swingin’ sensibilities of Frank Sinatra with the Creole boogie of Fats Domino,” he says. “That’s the right recipe for my kind of good times music!”
The Roamin’ Jasmine 8:00 pm
The Roamin’ Jasmine
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm
The Roamin' Jasmine
Formed out of the lively street music scene in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the members of the Roamin’ Jasmine found one another busking under the swampy Louisiana sun, along the banks of the Mississippi, or after hours in storefronts on Royal, Frenchmen and Decatur Streets.  Their repertoire explores 1920’s era speakeasy blues, vintage Calypso from Trinidad, seminal 1950’s New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, and original compositions, all set to traditional jazz instrumentation.  Through polyphonic collective improvisation inherent in their new homeland of New Orleans, the Roamin’ Jasmine hold true to a great New Orleans jazz tradition while participating in its evolution with undertones of different eras and places.
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Happy Hour with Leisa K 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Leisa K
Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Leisa K
Nayo Jones 8:00 pm
Nayo Jones
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Nayo Jones
Nayo Jones hails from a family of musicians; she was destined to be in “the business.” As a child Nayo sang and danced her way through life.  She belted out Supreme songs at talent shows in grade school and mimicked Whitney Houston in front of the mirror.  Nayo’s father William “Doc” Jones, a Jazz musician and music educator born and raised in Chicago noticed her musical gift & helped nurture her natural ability from the very beginning. Growing up surrounded by classic jazz and Motown hits Nayo answered her calling at an early age. Nayo wows her crowds and gains loyal fans with her sultry voice and her passion for every performance.  To name just a few of her credits, Nayo debuted at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2012, she’s opened for such greats as Chris Botti, Otis & the Temptations, The Whispers & Lakeside.  In addition to performing her own show, currently Nayo performs and tours as a featured vocalist with New Orleans icon, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers.  Though a babe in the music industry she already has the savvy of some of the most classic female artists and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.
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7PM – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 7:00 pm
7PM – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
7PM - Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Full Dinner Service is available during this event with a recommended seating time 0f 6:30pm. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.
9PM – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 9:00 pm
9PM – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Feb 28 @ 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm
9PM - Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Full Dinner Service is available during this event with a recommended seating time 0f 6:30pm. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.