Friday, June 6, 2014
Here's how it works. Every night there are three concerts at Preservation Hall. I believe the show times are 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. A line forms outside the concert hall and right before the show (like literally 2 minutes before) the doors are unlocked and they pack people into this tiny little room. There is limited seating available, so it's likely that you will be standing for the concert.
That is unless you purchase yourself one of these:
Whether you just stand in line or get the VIP ticket, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is not to be missed. In all of my travels, this is maybe one of my most favorite experiences. There are no words that can describe the music. It's not just the music, but it's the feeling that jazz gives you from the tip of your hair all the way down to your toes. Hearing it live in this hot, old, cramped room just amplified the experience.
A couple of tips if you do purchase the VIP ticket. Number one is that you can totally bypass the line and just wait right at the front door. My Midwestern values told me that cutting in front of this long line was super rude even if we had bought the ticket, so we actually stood in the line for awhile because the front door is totally locked up until right before the show. The second tip is that once you are seated, make sure to really take up your entire seats. Mike and I were being all cute and cuddly and then a man decided that we had enough room on our bench to seat another person and he just sat down. I would have been all hey, the more the merrier, except we actually paid for that seat and this man got in for free. We had to enjoy the concert on a bench made for two with three grown ass people. It wasn't all that VIP.