Monday July 28, 2014
King James & The Special Men
Honestly, when was the last time you trekked to the Bywater? Remedy that and take in an excellent performance from these NOLA-bred workhorses, making their triumphant return.
BJ’s. 4301 Burgundy. Show starts at 10 pm.
Tuesday July 29, 2014
Keep the Nawlins vibes going (and your wallet in your pocket) at this 100% free jazz piano showcase in the Quarter.
French Market. 916 N. Peters Street. Show starts at 1 p.m. FREE.
Wednesday July 30
Daikaiju (w/ Round Eye, Black Cat Attack, The Unnaturals, Moral Decline)
It’s an international showcase of punk and surf with rawk straight from Shanghai (Round Eye), Canada (Black Cat Attack) Cubynsyndwichistan (Tampa’s Moral Decline) and the Democratic Republic of New Orleans (The Unnaturals). This Epcot-ian night of wonders is capped off by Daikaiju, four mysterious masked musicians playing odes to mecha-monsters and killer kaiju.
Thursday July 31
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes (w/ The Honorable South, Will Vance)
Get your fill of sweet, smoky throwback girl-pop when Clairy Browne drops in with her troop of immaculately choreographed backup singers at the House Of Blues.
Friday August 1-Sun August 3
Satchmo Summer Fest
This annual French Quarter celebration of jazz, named for New Orleans most famous son, should feature high on your weekend to-do list. As always, the festival is completely free.
Several stages in and around the Quarter. Starts at 11:30 every day.
…BUT I WANNA SPEND MONEY!
Okay, Daddy Warbucks. Here’s a rundown of the best concerts that cost this weekend.
Friday August 1
Eddie Levert (w/ Rachelle Ferrell)
Levert is the HOJIC (Head O’Jay In Charge). I saw him perform with the group a few years back and you can trust he’s still got it.
Xavier University Convocation Center. 1 Drexel Drive. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.
Saturday August 2
Watch the heir to the Williams’ country empire put a cowpunk twist on the “Family Tradition.”
Sunday August 3
The man has put together a career so astounding that most people have forgotten this happened. Are you really not going to catch him when he stops in New Orleans?
Smoothie King Center. 1501 Dave Dixon Drive. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $55.