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Funky Butt at Congo Square

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Address: 714 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3009
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Brillant music careers have begun at this bar. Closed due to damage...

Brillant music careers have begun at this bar. Closed due to damage suffered in Hurricane Katrina.

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Birthplace of American Popular Music

If you are familiar with the Square, it is where African slaves spent their Sundays playing music and celebrating their culture. 400 people would play, sing and dance in this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dublin, Ohio
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Dublin, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are familiar with the Square, it is where African slaves spent their Sundays playing music and celebrating their culture. 400 people would play, sing and dance in this square. This is one of the most important places for the development of the blues.

Thank jbeatstreet10
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Walked by here at night.There was a lot of construction by here so wear some sneakers. I understand you can walk your dogs here as well but I would check for the signs to be sure.

Thank Tomcat29
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

I'm not sure if "Funky Butt" used to be a restaurant or club, but I'm writing about the public park. An easy walk from the French Quarter, be sure to go on a Sunday afternoon 3pmish to 5pm to join in on the drumcircle led by the Congo square preservation society....it makes the park come alive! If you like cultural... More 

1 Thank M1ndy3
Wellington, Florida
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

Located in Louis Armstrong Park, Congo Square was the meeting place where the Africans perform, and where performances are still being held. However, nothing was going on when we were there but we were able to read the plaque and learn about its history. This attraction will definitely disappoint without a performance.

Thank Stephen R
Richmond, Virginia
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987 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 558 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2015

Maybe we arrived at the wrong tome but this square situated in Armstrong park was very empty and honestly boring.There was a plaque of "Congo square" and that was just about it... don't go out of your way...

Thank Bornabrit
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014

The square is situated in the Louis Armstrong Park on the edge of the French Quarter. An easy walk from anywhere in the Quarter. As we got closer to the park, we started hearing the drums and people cheering and singing. At the park, there was a circle of drummers and about 40-50 people listening, clapping and dancing (see pictures).... More 

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LaSalle Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2014

This was our "must-do" event of our first day in NOLA. Did not disappoint! We heard to drum-rhythms from approximately 1/2 mile away. We were already "shufflin'" by the time we made visual-contact with the "drum-corps". We had a glorious day in which to celebrate the history and significance that is Congo Square. It won't "knock your socks off" with... More 

2 Thank CanadianShane
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I was wondering again and came upon this. This was really 3 sites in 1. You have Mahalia Jackson theater and Congo Square all located here. There are some very nice statues in this area. They had a concert in this park while I was there. This is just a nice place to sit down relax and enjoy the scenery,... More 

Thank T S
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

This was a great spot for live, local and authentic jazz, a true New Orleans classic!

2 Thank Maverick8740
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2011

This was such an awesome place and was hoping with some relief money or musicians fund that it would get a second chance. Unfortunately, Katrina had other things on her mind!

Thank nolaqueen

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