Robin Barnes

jazz musician Robin Barnes trademarked his 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.

Sunrise Stretch
Move Ya Brass has 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. »

city ​​park

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Coffee and Contemplation
“My favorite place in the whole city is city ​​park. This is where I have a latte Coffee of the world. I love the area right by the bayou – you see these beautiful oak trees that are about 800 years old, curving their limbs into the ground. I can sit on a branch and disappear.

Lunch stop
“I recommend the shrimp po’ boys from Boardwalk 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 showy 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 make you look like you have wings.

Afternoon snack
“I love snowballs, and you can’t go wrong with them. from Pandora. My favorite is a strawberry snowball filled with ice cream with condensed milk on top. Watch out, it’s super sweet!

Robin Barnes at the French Quarter Festival

Photo by Andrew Simoneaux

family time
“My daughter, ‘Baby Bird’ Riley, is crazy about land of stories at City Park, and I can understand why. Imagine seeing all your favorite stories come to life as figurines! »

Cocktail hour
“Amazing place for a cocktail is Fellow Rabbit; 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 isn’t in the French Quarter, go to by 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 band, Da Lovebirds, at Peacock Room to Hotel Fontenot. It’s intimate music, love, but it’s still a party.

Polo Club at Windsor Court Hotel

Photo courtesy of Windsor Court Hotel

If it’s the weekend. . .
The Polo Club at the Windsor Court Hotel, where I have my traditional jazz residency on Friday and Saturday nights, is very old and stylish New Orleans. Sit down, enjoy a cocktail and forget which century you are in!

night off
“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 place – 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.