It might look like an old Southern blues joint, what with its quintessential tin roof and ramshackle roadhouse decor, but Ruby’s showcases both country and city. Just north of Lake Pontchartrain, a trip here will afford you NOLA-style brass and funk, as well as boogie and Cajun music born on the bayou. The place is a living history lesson, too: the 125-year-old building has served as a popular venue for African-American performers since the 1930s. A weekend evening there will be hot, both on the stage and off -- guaranteed.
First off, a pronunciation lesson for all y’all non-Louisiana natives out there: It’s “NACK-uh-dish,” home of our state’s official meat pie (no kidding), among other things -- including this killer blues club. Roque’s is equal parts music venue, grocery store, pool hall, and local gathering spot. If you want to get to the root of Louisiana roots music -- especially the Cajun-twinged genre known there as “swamp blues” -- Roque’s is where you need to be headed. You’ll also find R&B, “swamp pop,” bluegrass and, naturally, zydeco, as well.