Maple Leaf Bar, origins

The Maple Leaf Bar, one of the city's longest operating music clubs, is a haven for local music and has been drawing crowds from New Orleans and throughout the world since the venue opened in 1974 as a place to hear jazz music and play chess.

These artifacts, images, and other materials from the Louisiana State Museum Music Collection illustrate the Maple Leaf Bar's early history.


Hank Staples on the opening of the Maple Leaf Bar
Hank Staples, co-owner of the Maple Leaf Bar, talks about the rapid evolution of live music at the Maple Leaf. Video Courtesy of Dr. Michael Mizell-Nelson.
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