New Orleans is known for its music scene, from vibrant festival stages to second lines on the street. The city has its fair share of historical clubs and venues for live music, like Preservation Hall and Tipitina’s. Pair that with large-scale concerts at the Superdome, and you’ve got yourself a musical calendar spanning 365 days a year.
For artists who need a bit more space than the city’s smaller venues, but can’t quite fill a stadium, a happy medium exists in the form of The Fillmore. When it popped onto the New Orleans music scene last February, the Fillmore had a lot to live up to. Since then, it’s produced dozens of concerts in addition to other events, making it one of the hottest new music venues in town.
The Fillmore New Orleans
A 2,200 person capacity venue, this state-of-the-art facility is modeled after the San Francisco club of the same name. Though there are multiple Fillmores across the country, each venue pays homage to the city it’s located in. The Fillmore New Orleans blends vintage posters, ornate chandeliers, and throwback nods to the original club while including touches of New Orleans culture throughout, like the Louis Armstrong murals that stretch across the walls of the main lobby and lobby bar. Located on the second floor of Harrah’s Casino, the Fillmore is just steps away from the French Quarter in the heart of downtown New Orleans, making it an ideal spot for exploring the area before or after a show.
The 22,000 square foot venue is primarily home to concerts, but also regularly hosts weekend drag brunches. In the nine months that it’s been open, the venue has seen some of music’s hottest artists such as Lizzo and Kacey Musgraves, as well as long-time favorites Willie Nelson, Duran Duran, and Foo Fighters. The venue has also incorporated local artists into the lineup, many of which open for headliners.
What to Expect
Within The Fillmore, there are various bars, such as the Lobby Bar and BG’s Lounge, named for the owner of the original venue, Bill Graham. Consider VIP seating, which includes early access to the venue, elevated seating, food and drink discounts, access to BG’s Lounge, the Fillmore’s VIP room, and a dedicated concierge. Make the most of your night out at The Fillmore and enjoy food and drinks before and during the show.
Those over 18 years of age can access the Fillmore by going through Harrah’s Casino and Masquerade Night Club. Those under 18 years of age should enter on Canal Street. Venue parking is located in the Harrah’s Casino parking garage.
Drag Diva Brunch is every weekend on select Saturdays and Sundays through November. Upcoming themes include Grease, the Real Housewives, and A Drag Queen Christmas. Upcoming concerts will bring in Hanson (12/10), Snoop Dogg (12/17), The Revivalists (12/31), and Hayley Kiyoko (2/7). To see the full list of events and shows at the Fillmore, visit the fillmorenola.com.