Jazz musician Robin Barnes has trademarked her nickname, “the songbird of New Orleans.” Her soulful sound has earned her a residency at the legendary Polo Club Lounge at the Windsor Court Hotel, and she’s also the founder of Move Ya Brass, a series of free fitness classes with three Big Easy locations. Here, Barnes shares his perfect day in his hometown.
“Move Ya Brass offers an early morning yoga class at Crescent Park, an Instagrammable park on the Mississippi. I love waking up and doing beautiful yoga to soulful music. At the end of class, the sun rises over the river. »
Coffee and Contemplation
“My favorite place in the whole city is City Park. This is where I have a latte at Cafe du Monde. I love the area right by the bayou – you see those beautiful oak trees that are about 800 years old, curving their limbs into the ground I can sit on a branch and disappear.
“I recommend the Shrimp Po’ Boys from Parkway Bakery in Mid-City. In fact, I like my po’ boys on a bun: you get the same amount of shrimp, less bread, fewer calories, maybe!”
A bit of shopping
“I like flashy and flashy things, just being larger than life when I play. There’s a company called Fringe+Co. on Magazine Street where you can find amazing fringe jackets that look like that you have wings.
“I love snowballs, and you can’t go wrong with Pandora’s. My favorite is a strawberry snowball filled with ice cream with condensed milk on top. Watch out, it’s super sweet!
“My daughter, ‘Baby Bird’ Riley, is crazy about Storyland at City Park, and I can understand why. Imagine seeing all your favorite stories come to life as minifigures!”
“An amazing place for a cocktail is Compère Lapin; chef Nina Compton is the truth. I have the honor of having a mocktail there that bears my name: the Songbird. It’s beautiful, it looks like it has feathers. And even if it is not alcoholic, you can add alcohol to it.
Dinner well done
“If you want a traditional New Orleans meal that’s not in the French Quarter, go to Brigtsen. Chief Frank, oh my God, he’s one of the most amazing people in New Orleans. If I could bathe in his food, I would.
If it’s a Thursday. . .
“On Thursdays, my husband and I perform with our group, Da Lovebirds, at the Peacock Room at the Hotel Fontenot. It’s intimate music, love, but it’s still a party.
If it’s the weekend. . .
“The Polo Club at the Windsor Court Hotel, where I have my traditional jazz abode on Friday and Saturday nights, is very old-world New Orleans elegance. Sit down, enjoy a cocktail and forget which century you are in!
“The best place to listen to live music in New Orleans is definitely Frenchmen Street. This is where you’ll find me when I’m not playing. The Spotted Cat is my favorite venue – they are artists who do everything from traditional New Orleans jazz to jazz-fusion to more original music.
This article originally appeared in the Spring and Summer 2022 issue of Southbound.