Buy

Vieux Carré revives an old St. Paul jazz haven with a new New Orleans twist

The Dakota has resurrected St. Paul's former Artists' Quarter space with a NOLA flavor.

Javi Santiago (piano) and Zacc Harris (guitar) played at Vieux Carré in St. Paul, formerly the home of the Artists’ Quarter.

This weekend at Vieux Carré, Bobby Commodore echoed words said by many a Twin Cities jazz lover in recent weeks.

“It’s nice to be back over here in St. Paul,” the veteran drummer said. “It’s been a while.”

To be exact, it’s been a year and seven months since St. Paul lost the Artists’ Quarter, its locally beloved, nationally reputed but never very prosperous basement jazz haven. The club’s cozy, dark space at the bottom of downtown’s 100-year-old Hamm Building is thankfully breathing music once again.

Reopened three weeks ago as Vieux Carré — “view kar-ay,” meaning “old square,” another name for New Orleans’ famous French Quarter — the venue was taken over and re-imagined by the AQ’s well-entrenched crosstown competitor, the Dakota Jazz Club.
Not only is the Dakota crew bringing live jazz back to the historic space — with other genres of music sprinkled in — but it has also added New Orleans-style food to the mix.

This weekend at Vieux Carré, Bobby Commodore echoed words said by many a Twin Cities jazz lover in recent weeks.

“It’s nice to be back over here in St. Paul,” the veteran drummer said. “It’s been a while.”

To be exact, it’s been a year and seven months since St. Paul lost the Artists’ Quarter, its locally beloved, nationally reputed but never very prosperous basement jazz haven. The club’s cozy, dark space at the bottom of downtown’s 100-year-old Hamm Building is thankfully breathing music once again.

Reopened three weeks ago as Vieux Carré — “view kar-ay,” meaning “old square,” another name for New Orleans’ famous French Quarter — the venue was taken over and re-imagined by the AQ’s well-entrenched crosstown competitor, the Dakota Jazz Club.
Not only is the Dakota crew bringing live jazz back to the historic space — with other genres of music sprinkled in — but it has also added New Orleans-style food to the mix.

This weekend at Vieux Carré, Bobby Commodore echoed words said by many a Twin Cities jazz lover in recent weeks.

“It’s nice to be back over here in St. Paul,” the veteran drummer said. “It’s been a while.”

To be exact, it’s been a year and seven months since St. Paul lost the Artists’ Quarter, its locally beloved, nationally reputed but never very prosperous basement jazz haven. The club’s cozy, dark space at the bottom of downtown’s 100-year-old Hamm Building is thankfully breathing music once again.

Reopened three weeks ago as Vieux Carré — “view kar-ay,” meaning “old square,” another name for New Orleans’ famous French Quarter — the venue was taken over and re-imagined by the AQ’s well-entrenched crosstown competitor, the Dakota Jazz Club.
Not only is the Dakota crew bringing live jazz back to the historic space — with other genres of music sprinkled in — but it has also added New Orleans-style food to the mix.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

© 2015 Vieux Carré

|

Privacy Policy

|

Contact Us

408 St Peter St.

|

St Paul, MN 55102

|

651-291-2715