There’s countless things on my list of reasons to love this city. From the artery clogging foods to the soulful characters you meet on the pothole ridden streets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Near the top of this list for almost everybody, however, is the music.
No, we’s guys don’t get tired of the music, and don’t y’all ever forget it. One look at WWOZ’s Livewire music calendar proves that this city never stops singing, and I’ll take pride in that to my grave. For those of us who give a big “screw you” to staying in on work nights, who is there to see this week? I’ll give you my recommendations. Be warned, my music taste sucks.
Monday, April 7
Good ‘ole Monday. The first workday of the week, you know damn well I’m looking for any excuse to get out. If you’re in the same boat, you’re in luck. Alexis and the Samurai is playing tonight, 8:00pm at Chickie Wah Wah. Alexis and the Samurai is a duo consisting of two members of Sweet Crude, the Louisiana French speaking progressive/folk supergroup. Alexis and the Samurai takes a more indie folk/pop route to create catchy melodies featuring singer Alexis Marceaux’s beautiful voice. Check ‘em out, you won’t be disappointed.
Tuesday, April 8
This is getting harder and harder to boil down. There’s so many options. But, there’s a lot of regulars, like catching Rebirth at Maple Leaf – you can just do that next week. This night only, though, you can have the chance to see one of the world’s greatest drummers and a personal idol of mine, Stanton Moore. When he’s not laying down beats for Galactic, you’ll find him at Snug Harbor, 8:00pm, playing some great funk/jazz fusion tunes. Bonus shout out for my good friend Jonathan’s latin band IslaNOLA, who are also getting the dance party started at Old Point Bar, 7:00pm this Tuesday night.
Wednesday, April 9
It’s spring, and that means it’s Wednesday at the Square season. The 12 week long concert series is just another fantastic musical experience New Orleans offers in the spring, but these are free. This Wednesday, The New Orleans Suspects are throwing down some funk. They’re all accomplished musicians who’ve played for other great acts, so you can imagine that coming together, they create something you definitely don’t want to miss. If you’re not going to Wednesday at the Square, you should consider going to see Andrew Duhon, 7:00pm at d.b.a. He’s one of the best singer-songwriters to come out of this city and blends indie/folk with a little touch of bayou country. He’s a one-man-band and is definitely worth catching.
Thursday, April 10
If you find yourself Uptown, head on down to the relatively new venue, Gasa Gasa to check out Sol Cat at 8:00pm. While they aren’t local, I’ll take them in with open arms. If you like psychedelic groove rock, you’ll love these guys. Gasa Gasa is a great venue, too. Drink a Cajun Werewolf while you’re there.
Friday, April 11
Do you mind going to Gasa Gasa two nights in a row? I sure wouldn’t, especially if you get to see Brass Bed, Cardinal Sons, and Vox and The Hound. All three of these bands put a Louisiana twist on indie rock, and have been holding their own for a while. All three together, though, and that makes for one kick ass show.
Saturday, April 12
Do you ever finding yourself wishing for a New Orleans-ish Macklemore? Well, we’ve had one for a while, and if you haven’t heard of G-Eazy, then you should check out this show. Hailing from Oakland, CA and coming out of Loyola, G-Eazy blew up after his rendition of the 60s song Runaround Sue. Incredibly intelligent in his lyrics, G-Eazy’s music is catchy and performed great live. He goes on with Tory Lanez at 9:00pm, at One Eyed Jacks.
Sunday, April 13
Take a trip back to a time where music meant a lot more than just a few beat dropping. You’ll find Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns there. Meschiya Lake herself has an incredible voice, but paired with The Little Big Horns, this is definitely going to be a show to remember. Grab a cocktail from the bar at One Eyed Jacks starting at 10:00pm and enjoy the tunes
This is nowhere near complete. I probably left out about 3-4 great artists, but for the sake of keeping my readers engaged, I cut it down to one or two I’d choose to go see first. If you’re in a band playing one of these nights and you weren’t listed, Don’t take it personally. I’d love to come see you guys and include you in the next list, so drop a line and let me know.