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oakstreetparty16june2007bThe Maple Leaf Bar is a music performance venue in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is also a bar and hosts a variety of other events.

The Maple Leaf is on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans. Opened on Feb 24th 1974, it is one of the longest continuing operation of New Orleans’ music clubs with live performances seven nights a week.On that first night Andrew Hall’s Society Jazz Band played and were there every Sat for 7 years. Many of the old time musicians were featured including numerous members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The Society Jazz Band left in the summer of 1981 but have played there several times since including the 30th birthday party in 2004. Musical styles represented include blues, funk, R&B, rock, zydeco, jazz, jam bands and any combination thereof, hosting both local performers and touring national acts. Frequent performers at the Maple Leaf have included local legends James Booker, the Rebirth Brass Band, Papa Grows Funk, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, “Money Mike” Armstrong, The Radiators and Henry Butler. Unannounced sit-ins are not uncommon; Bruce Springsteen once dropped in to jam with The Iguanas and Jon Cleary’s band was once joined by his frequent employer, Bonnie Raitt. The Leaf, as it is sometimes referred, has also been an important incubator for the city’s many up-and-coming bands formed from the ranks of local musicians and music students at Tulane University, Loyola University and the University of New Orleans.

The poet Everette Maddox was a famous denizen of the Maple Leaf and as of 2006 famed psychologist Dave Corey can often be found holding forth at the bar. The Everette C. Maddox Memorial Prose & Poetry Reading, held every Sunday in the courtyard at The Maple Leaf, is the longest running poetry reading in North America.

The Maple Leaf also hosts other events, including poetry readings and fashion shows. The Krewe of OAK, a neighborhood New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe, starts and ends its parades at the Maple Leaf, where it also holds its Krewe Ball.

The Maple Leaf is portrayed in many books and stories by New Orleans writers. It is thinly disguised as “The Raintree Street Bar” in the Ellen Gilchrist short story “The Raintree Street Bar and Washerteria” (the bar formerly housed a small laundrymat within it). Poems about it can be found in books and chapbooks such as Mirror Wars and Shards, by Nancy Harris; Body and Soul and Rhythm & Booze, by Julie Kane; and The Everette Maddox Song Book, Bar Scotch and American Waste by Everette Maddox. There have also been three anthologies of poets who have read their work at the Maple Leaf: The Maple Leaf Rag (1980), The Maple Leaf Rag 15th Anniversary Anthology (1994), and the Maple Leaf Rag III (2006).

R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and fashion designer Beyoncé Knowles recorded a promotional video for her single Déjà Vu, which features rapper Jay-Z, at the Maple Leaf in June 2006.

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  1. mclean gordon says:

    I miss maple leaf. Soon as I make my money I’m going back to new orleans and spend it all on liquor at the bar. Truth. and I’m looking to make that money sooner rather than later.

  2. mclean gordon says:

    Oh I forgot, I’m also working on six pack abs to impress sarah, as well as christeen, if she’s still there.

  3. I didn’t get to the Maple Leaf the last time I was in New Orleans, but I don’t want to miss it again! I’d like to know when the poetry readings take place. I’m a widely published author and a literary agent, and although none of my people currently live there, I do have ancestry in New Orleans. I would be thrilled if I got to read even something at an open reading there! It would be great just to see some of New Orleans’ best poets read!

  4. Eugene says:

    What time are the shows on Saturday and Sunday night ?

  5. TS says:

    What are the plans for Super Bowl Sunday? Who Dat!?

  6. ninacoleen says:

    i’ve danced, kissed, laughed, drank beer and puked at this, my fav nola drinkery, since i was 28. that was about 25 years ago. long live the maple leaf!!!!

  7. Allen Pitt says:

    Thanks for a good time last Friday night during Jazzfest. Papa Grows Funk was hot, the beers (and Jager) were cold and the people were the best in the world. Can’t wait to get back to the Maple Leaf.

  8. Rio Grande says:

    Coming back to Nawlins soon and hope to visit the Maple Leaf again!!

    What is the deal with coming to enjoy some music with someone under 18??

    Surely we would be able to enjoy the Rebirth Brass band on a Tuesday night…..

  9. TonyT says:

    If I get there can I have a go on the piano?

    It’ll be a while because I’ve got to learn a tune and get there from Australia, but I’m up for it.

  10. easydog says:

    Thanks for the history, but I’d rather know what the H time the Radiators are playing tonight. It’s not in your calendar, and I can’t even find a contact phone number to call and find out. Is this some big secret?

  11. gt says:

    i am bringing Jill and we are going to party down, show you just how we do it, in the cresent city, nola…who dat…you know who dat>>>>>>>>>>gt

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