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
Dec 10 @ 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.
The Roamin’ Jasmine 8:00 pm
The Roamin’ Jasmine
Dec 10 @ 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 Monty Banks 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Monty Banks
Dec 11 @ 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!”
Viper Mad Trio 8:00 pm
Viper Mad Trio
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Viper Mad Trio
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Happy Hour with Jeff Greenberg 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Jeff Greenberg
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Happy Hour with Jeff Greenberg
 
Nayo Jones 8:00 pm
Nayo Jones
Dec 12 @ 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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Dr. Michael White Quartet 7:00 pm
Dr. Michael White Quartet
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm
Dr. Michael White Quartet
Dr. Michael White, who was born and raised in New Orleans, is related to such pioneering jazz musicians as bassist Papa John Joseph (who was an associate of Buddy Bolden), and clarinetists Willie Joseph and Earl Fouche (who recorded with Sam Morgan in 1927). In addition to being a major performer whose clarinet style is inspired by the Creole and blues playing of Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Edmond Hall, George Lewis, Barney Bigard and Omer Simeon, Dr. Michael White has many other accomplishments. He has appeared on more than three dozen recordings, including 11 CDs of his own, four of which are on Basin Street Records: A Song for George Lewis, Jazz from the Soul of New Orleans, Dancing in the Sky, and Blue Crescent. He has traveled the world, performing in over two dozen countries, and his was the first traditional New Orleans jazz band to play at the legendary Village Vanguard, where he has been a regular for 16 years. After teaching Spanish for over twenty years, White currently holds the Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Xavier University. He is also featured in several dozen books, has written scores of essays that have appeared in journals, books and encyclopedias, has worked on over two dozen documentary films and worked with Wynton Marsalis in creating major concert tributes to the early New Orleans jazz greats.
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Happy Hour with Jon Roniger 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Jon Roniger
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Happy Hour with Jon Roniger
Jon Roniger is truly a unique slice of American songwriting, blending New Orleans style jazz and blues with folk story telling. Touring internationally since 2007, his last record “Charmed Life” saw regular spins on BBC, BBC Whales and BBC Scotland and Nationally broadcast Radio Amsterdam.  His 2010 release “Someone Else” and the 2007 release “Charmed Life” have placements on HGTV, Platinum Babies and the theme song for a UK based company Bedford for Beds. Roniger has played such renowned venues as Nashville’s Blue Bird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and New Orleans’ House of Blues.    
The Messy Cookers Jazz Band 8:00 pm
The Messy Cookers Jazz Band
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
The Messy Cookers Jazz Band
  The Messy Cookers Jazz Band was founded in 2012 by Alex Owen, a trumpet player who was looking for an outlet to play traditional jazz in New Orleans.  In forming the band, Alex rounded up some of the finest musicians he could find, and began to find work with his band. By the spring of 2013, they were working regularly at the Maison on Frenchmen street, and at other venues throughout the city. In August of 2013, the band recorded their first CD “Swing that Music”. Since then, the band has continued to play together regularly throughout the New Orleans area.
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Happy Hour with Kyle Cripps 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Kyle Cripps
Dec 17 @ 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.
The Roamin’ Jasmine 8:00 pm
The Roamin’ Jasmine
Dec 17 @ 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 Monty Banks 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Monty Banks
Dec 18 @ 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!”
Viper Mad Trio 8:00 pm
Viper Mad Trio
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Viper Mad Trio
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Happy Hour with Jeff Greenberh 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Jeff Greenberh
Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Happy Hour with Jeff Greenberh
 
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns 8:00 pm
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
  Meschiya began her singing career at the age of nine, earning a regular gig and winning $500 upon winning an adults only singing contest in a South Dakota Steakhouse. In 2000 as a young woman, she met and began traveling with the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus – a troupe blending traditional circus arts with modern sideshow varieties  where Meschiya honed her performance skills with such thrilling acts as glass and insect eating and fire dancing (dangerously twirling around on stage with flame-doused nunchucks).  It was while touring with this troupe that she fell in love with and felt immediately embraced by the culturally rich and one of a kind city of New Orleans, her home base for the last decade and counting. In the Spring of 2007, Meschiya began singing with the traditional jazz outfit the Loose Marbles on the French Quarters Royal Street. Joined by jazz dancers Chance Bushman and Amy Johnson, a new revival of traditional jazz and dance consequently blossomed: Bringing the joy and vitality of New Orleanss spirit, wowing audiences both young and old alike, they toured the United States and Europe, playing on streets, in clubs, and leaving a trail of write-ups in publications along the way. Upon the tours return in the Fall of 2007, her acquisition for musical knowledge insatiable, Meschiya took up the guitar and banjo and, with singer Erika Lewis, formed The Magnolia Beacon, creating original, dark, melodic, minor keyed compositions focusing on[...]
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7PM – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 7:00 pm
7PM – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Dec 20 @ 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
Dec 20 @ 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.
9:30PM – Trixie’s Jewel Box Burlesque 9:30 pm
9:30PM – Trixie’s Jewel Box Burlesque
Dec 20 @ 9:30 pm
9:30PM - Trixie's Jewel Box Burlesque
  The Little Gem Saloon is proud to present New Orleans’ Finest Burlesque Performer Miss Trixie Minx! This burlesque beauty has delighted audiences throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia! Whether a bubbly blonde or a sultry brunette her performance is sure to wow you. Trixie and her girls are performing in the Ramp Room on October 18th at 9:30pm and 11:00pm.
11:00PM – Trixie’s Jewel Box Burlesque 11:00 pm
11:00PM – Trixie’s Jewel Box Burlesque
Dec 20 @ 11:00 pm
11:00PM - Trixie's Jewel Box Burlesque
  The Little Gem Saloon is proud to present New Orleans’ Finest Burlesque Performer Miss Trixie Minx! This burlesque beauty has delighted audiences throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia! Whether a bubbly blonde or a sultry brunette her performance is sure to wow you. Trixie and her girls are performing in the Ramp Room on October 18th at 9:30pm and 11:00pm.
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Happy Hour with Jon Roniger 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Jon Roniger
Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Happy Hour with Jon Roniger
Jon Roniger is truly a unique slice of American songwriting, blending New Orleans style jazz and blues with folk story telling. Touring internationally since 2007, his last record “Charmed Life” saw regular spins on BBC, BBC Whales and BBC Scotland and Nationally broadcast Radio Amsterdam.  His 2010 release “Someone Else” and the 2007 release “Charmed Life” have placements on HGTV, Platinum Babies and the theme song for a UK based company Bedford for Beds. Roniger has played such renowned venues as Nashville’s Blue Bird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and New Orleans’ House of Blues.    
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Happy Hour with Erin Demastes 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Erin Demastes
Dec 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Happy Hour with Erin Demastes
  Erin Demastes grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and studied classical piano and jazz with Emmy-winning composer and pianist Mike Esneault and Dr. Willis Delony, music professor at Louisiana State University. Erin recently graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies under Larry Sieberth, Dr. John Murphy, members of the Thelonious Monk Institute, and guests such as Danilo Perez and Aaron Goldberg. Erin currently plays in the New Orleans area with various groups, jazz and other genres, including her self-titled trio and quartet. Erin has experience with writing and arranging for both small and large ensembles and leads Planet Earth, a group that plays both her and her bandmates’ original compositions.
James Martin 8:00 pm
James Martin
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
James Martin
James Martin’s music roots extend to his earliest years spent visiting his grandparents’ home in New Orleans.  There he found an authentic alternative to the musically inspired toys and plastic replicas of instruments his parents had lovingly given him…in his grandparents’ organ.  He managed to teach himself his first song—“When the Saints Go Marching In,” and shortly afterward he acquired his first instrument, a forty-dollar pawn shop guitar. From there he moved to tenor saxophone and during his senior year of high school, he enrolled in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). At NOCCA, James began his professional music career, performing with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.  His first year with Shorty included performances at New York’s Apollo Theatre and Central Park, as well as at French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest in New Orleans.  He matriculated at Loyola University, New Orleans, while performing several times a week at local clubs and touring the United States, Europe, and South America. James is a prolific songwriter and producer, working with artists such as Ivan Neville, Paul Sanchez, and Franklin IV (of BET’s “Sunday’s Best”).
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7PM – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers 7:00 pm
7PM – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Dec 27 @ 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
Dec 27 @ 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.
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Happy Hour with Jon Roniger 5:00 pm
Happy Hour with Jon Roniger
Dec 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Happy Hour with Jon Roniger
Jon Roniger is truly a unique slice of American songwriting, blending New Orleans style jazz and blues with folk story telling. Touring internationally since 2007, his last record “Charmed Life” saw regular spins on BBC, BBC Whales and BBC Scotland and Nationally broadcast Radio Amsterdam.  His 2010 release “Someone Else” and the 2007 release “Charmed Life” have placements on HGTV, Platinum Babies and the theme song for a UK based company Bedford for Beds. Roniger has played such renowned venues as Nashville’s Blue Bird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and New Orleans’ House of Blues.    
The Roamin’ Jasmine 8:00 pm
The Roamin’ Jasmine
Dec 30 @ 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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Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers: Dance into the New Year! 10:00 pm
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers: Dance into the New Year!
Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 1 @ 12:30 am
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers: Dance into the New Year!
  Ring in the New Year with New Orleans’ Favorite Trumpeter! Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers will be partying at the Little Gem in the Ramp Room starting at 10pm and ending with a Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight! Dinner reservations will be available in the Dining Room from 5p til 10pm and Kermit’s show will be STANDING ROOM ONLY in the Ramp Room. Bring your dancing shoes and party with us on New Year’s Eve!