Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique.
Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place!
Things to do in New Orleans Right Now
Today’s episode is about things to do right now in New Orleans. These questions get asked a lot in our Facebook group and in other online forums, so I thought I’d give you my thoughts on what to do between Thanksgiving and the start of Carnival.
Today’s episode is about Economy Hall, an organization founded in the 1800s to create and preserve a society for free men of color. It became so much more than that, including a hotbed of a new form of American music known as jazz.
To help us dive into the topic, I’m joined by the author of the book named Economy Hall, Fatima Shaik. Once you've listened to our discussion, order a copy of Economy Hall online or stop by the Historic New Orleans Collection during your next visit.
EP 169 - Questions And Answers
Today’s episode is a question and answer show where I answer questions from listeners like you. These are always fun and cover a wide range of topics.
I like to do Q&A shows about once a quarter. We get so many new listeners, as well as members of our Facebook group and Patreon community, that it is a good chance to get you involved. I also find them challenging, and sometimes, they result in ideas for future episodes.
As always, one perk of being a Patron is that your questions come first on these episodes.
Spanish and Caribbean Influence in New Orleans
Today’s episode is all about a new exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibit is titled Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean and highlights Spain’s impact in Louisiana.
Starting on October 20, 2022 and running through January 22, 2023 the Historic New Orleans Collection will present an exhibit entitled Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean.
While we call the original city the French Quarter, there is an amazing amount of Spanish influence here. The exhibit includes more than 125 pieces from THNOC's own collection as well as from other museums in the United States and Spain.
To discuss the Spanish and Caribbeans influences on New Orleans, I am joined by Mr. Alfred Lemmon, Director of the Williams Research Center at the Historic New Orleans Collection.
Abita Springs and Fall Fest
Today, we’re headed across Lake Pontchartrain to the town of Abita Springs where we’ll discover some history, places to eat and drink, and a wonderful Fall Festival.
Joining me to discuss all things Abita Springs is Anthony Essaied, owner of the Abita Brew Pub and co-founder and President of the Abita Fall Fest. Jamie Foster is a volunteer with Abita Fall Fest and the owner of Solid Web Service. Evette Randolph is a Councilwoman in Abita Springs and a local actress.
Together, they'll help us learn about Abita Springs and the Fall Fest.
Mosca's - A New Orleans Classic
Today’s episode is all about a family owned Italian roadhouse on the West Bank of New Orleans. We’re joined by Lisa Mosca, who along with her mom, keeps the family tradition alive at Mosca’s.
Founded in 1946 in Avondale, Louisiana on the West Bank of New Orleans, Mosca’s has been serving a blend of New Orleans and Italian food, family style, for decades.
Those in the know expect to walk into a dining room filled with music from the jukebox, raucous energy from the crowds of people, and tables full of dishes like Oysters Mosca and Chicken a la Grande.
Join us as we relive the past, dive into platters of food, and talk about why Mosca’s should be on your list of places to visit Beyond Bourbon Street!
A Great New Orleans History Podcast
I stumbled across the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast while researching Marie Laveau. I was so hooked by the thoroughness and great storytelling in that episode that naturally, I had to binge the rest of the episodes. This is such a great podcast Delving into all aspects of New Orleans' history, culture and rich heritage.
(Your New Favorite) Class is Now in Session!
mark, Mark, MARK! I LOVE YOUR PODCAST!!!
I stumbled across Beyond Bourbon Street after getting sucked down into the abyss that is Five Days at Memorial (the gut-wrenching Netflix series that recounts a perspective of the aftermath of Katrina and her pervading flood waters from the viewpoint of the souls that were trapped inside Old Charity Hospital until rescue 5 days later).
As is my practice, I immediately began researching everything I could about Memorial and what happened there. These late night research sessions tend to spiral wide for me, and I encountered the HBO series Treme. It was the perfect segue out of darkness and into the light of rebirth and rebuilding. I binged the first session and set off on another research mission. This, finally, led me to an episode of Beyond Bourbon Street dealing specifically with the series. Once I heard Mark’s take on Treme, I knew I had to hear more from him about New Orleans itself and all the things that make it what it is.
BBS has become somewhat of an online class for me. After hearing the Treme episode, I went straight back to the beginning - episode 1 - and pulled out my laptop to follow along in Google Maps Street View and see some of the places and spaces Mark covers AS he’s covering them.
F A S C I N A T I N G ! ! !
As a flight attendant in my twenties and now a Shreveport resident in my late 40s, I have been through NOLA many times, but I cannot say that I’ve ever actually been TO New Orleans, not the New Orleans that Mark invites us to discover. With helpful travel and itinerary tips and insightful third-party interviews, Mark shares a New Orleans so inviting, so intriguing, so COMPELLING, that it’s tough not to grab the car keys and hit the road for down south. I don’t think I have ever encountered a city in my travels so bent on turning its tourists into citizens. New Orleans, clearly, loves us and has a fabulous plan for our lives, if Mark has anything to say about it! LOL
One thing (among dozens) I really love about Mark’s perspective is the total lack of shade and shame for the spots we outsiders all do tend to hit when we descend upon the Crescent City. And he replace those with a gentle nudge deeper into the NOLA experience, into the neighborhoods, cafes, bookstores, live music clubs, parks, festivals, and quirky museums that create a collective cultural identity for visitors and locals alike to embrace, enjoy, and even become. All are welcome, and it shows.
I’ve ordered Mark’s book and bookmarked those of many of his podcast guests. I’ve watched a cemetery tomb repair on YouTube. I’ve created and populated a google maps list for each distinctive neighborhood of New Orleans for future travel plans, based entirely on the recommendations of Mark and his guests.
I’ve learned so much about New Orleans in just 25 episodes (so far), and I get an itch buy mid-day if I haven’t already tuned into a new one by then. In a word, I’m obsessed with Beyond Bourbon Street and the city to which it serves as a beautiful love letter. Thanks, Mark, for your dedication, commitment, and persistence with respect to your work on Beyond Bourbon Street. Thanks to the expertise of you and your friends, I’m already there.
Where y’at, Dawlin’?!
Great podcast to listen and learn about NOLA.
I live in San Francisco and used to live 6 hours west down I-10 in Houston, Texas, and have never been to New Orleans. I started listening to this podcast back in the summer of 2021 in addition to my San Francisco related podcasts and fell in love with it. I felt it was time for me to learn about other cities, even though San Francisco is my favorite city I love for 20 years.
Mark does a great job with the show and talking about New Orleans to listeners like me who have never been to New Orleans before and provides tips on what to do in the city beyond Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, hence the title of this podcast. I learned a lot from Mark about the city that I never knew about before. I also recommend getting his book. I feel San Francisco and New Orleans are similar in which both cities have recovered from natural disasters. San Francisco had two earthquakes, one in 1906 and 1989, and gradually recovered throughout time. New Orleans had two hurricanes, Katrina in 2005 and Ida in 2021 and recovered.
Keep up the great work Mark Bologna and hope to check out NOLA whenever the time is right.