The music scenes are very very different. Not sure how to put this but I'll try... If you took 2/3rds to 3/4's of the musicians playing out in New Orleans and swapped them into Nashville they'd be playing to near-empty venues. And, it works vice versa. First off, in New Orleans you don't just have some Jazz, Jazz is there in all it's formats, boogie, bop, blues, et cetera and people actually watch folks play it damn near every night, and seem to get off on it in clubs all over town. This is very confusing to me. I think they've long forgotten what year it is. Go study jazz in any city in America that's not NO or NY, and your nights bustin' ass on the stand will be met with an applaud or a tiny group of folks holding their eyebrows so high they'd forgotten the purpose of going out is to have fun. In fact big educators say two things when in school "drop out and move to New York" or "drop out and move to New Orleans." Second, New Orleans has raunchy dive blues the way it was meant to be. I bumped into a little spot when I was down there where a few oldster fellas were just laying down some filthy stank. Filthy, rotten Oscar The Grouch flavored stank. It was just nasty with none of that "I'm a blues artist, please look but be quiet and don't touch" crap like you see now in Chicago on Halsted. Third, New Orleans has newer bands that still play, I mean like those groups where a few dudes and maybe a girl get together and try to write "rock-n-roll-ish" music themselves. Phhhh, again, talk about forgetting what year it is, these kids are lost but there they are in this little world of dives that will take them in. Fourth, they still do a bit of country western (the only country BTW) and zydeco and all that other odd stuff down there. You'd think I'm talking crazy talk but you don't know until you go!