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Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

New Orleans is considered the home of Jazz. I’d love to check out the Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 27 – May 6). World-renowned jazz artists jamming for 10 days. Even some musicians outside the jazz genre stop by: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Eagles, Tom Petty. Awesome lineup.

In the meantime, if you can’t get to New Orleans, the House of Jazz in Cornelius does a great job of bringing New Orleans to you. The venue which recently relocated from Charlotte is Lake Norman’s prime spot for sampling southern cuisine and the New Orleans music scene.

The menu features ribs, chicken, fish and pork dishes, along with burgers and other sandwiches. Start off with the wings appetizer. You have a nice selection of wines and beers to choose from, but the signature drink House of Jazztini martini sounds good, too!

The House of Jazz is roomy, with a bar, eating area, dance floor and stage. What’s happening on stage is what gets your attention. Local and national jazz artists frequent for weekend jam sessions. Be sure to check out the website for a list of upcoming performances. Note that some evenings have cover charges which are listed on the website.

If you’re looking for a spot to host your next big event, the House of Jazz might just be the ticket. It accommodates up to 300 guests, but there’s no guest minimum. The full menu is available or the chefs can work to customize a menu to fit your tastes. It’s location off of West Catawba Avenue is easily accessed from I-77.

But back to the music. Lake Norman hosts a cool music scene at local favorites like Miciahs and The Bathtub Gin in Mooresville to staples like Cornelius’ Rusty Rudder. The House of Jazz is a great addition to this music scene. I’m looking forward to the New Orleans sound making its way north.

Want to go:

House of Jazz

19501 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius


Hours: Thursday 6 pm – 11 pm; Friday and Saturday 6 pm – 1:30 am

If you’ve yet to see a performance by the Davidson Community Players, now’s the time to do so. The company that ranks among the finest non-professional groups in the southeast is receiving rave reviews for its current performance “Children of a Lesser God.”

The 1980 Tony Award winning-play profiles James Leeds, a speech therapist at a school for the deaf and the relationship he develops with student Sarah Norman, who has been unable to hear since birth. And yes, it’s the same play from which the movie of the same title was adapted in 1986.

The Armour Street Theatre in Davidson provides an intimate setting for the play. Performances take place through March 11. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students (it’s recommended for ages 12 and up). For more details, contact the Davidson Community Players at 704-892-7953, or visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

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