Tuesday, October 14th
Greg Schatz f/ Alex McMurray and Dave Stover @ Alvar Street Library 7PM
Who loves the New Orleans Public Library? Me! It’s time for the newest installation of Alvar Arts at the NOPL’s Bywater branch, a monthly series founded in 2006 that features area artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers. The events kick off with a 45 minute presentation/performance followed by Q&A with the artist. Snacks are provided! This month brings Greg Schatz to the stage to share his accordion and keyboard music.
Wednesday, October 15th
Creole String Bean @ Rock ‘n Bowl 8PM
If you’re looking for a spot to get your dancing shoes on and have a classic New Orleans time, head over to the Rock ‘n Bowl for the Creole String Beans. CSB has graced stages from 9th Ward dives to Jazz Fest and carry a repertoire that includes tunes by Fats Domino, Duke Ellington, Bobby Charles, and way more.
Mystery Science Burlesque @ Siberia 6PM
Reverend Spooky Lestrange and Her Billion Dollar Baby Dolls Burlesque Show present “Mystery Science Burlesque 3000: a Sci-Fi and Horror Burlesque from the Satellite of Love!” I don’t really know how that would work, but I’m intrigued. Very intrigued.
Thursday, October 16th
Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet, Erica Falls, Warren Easton Marching Band @ Armstrong Park
The number of Thursdays in October is waning which means that Season 6 of the wonderful and free Jazz in the Park series is winding down. If you haven’t made it out yet, get over to Armstrong Park to enjoy the beautiful greenery, meticulous gardening and festive sounds. The headliners are great and Warren Easton has long been regarded as one of the best high school marching bands in the city.
New Orleans Film Festival Day 1 @ The Civic Theatre
In case you haven’t noticed, Louisiana has quickly become a hub for the film industry. Because movie production studios receive tax credits for filming in our state, there have been more movies made and actors seen in the New Orleans than ever. There is nothing better than seeing a familiar sight in the theater. Because of this influx of the film industry, the New Orleans Film Festival has exploded despite being around for 24 years. This year will feature some of the most anticipated films like “Dear White People,” “Foxcatcher,” and “White Bird in a Blizzard” starring Shailene Woodley from “The Fault in Our Stars.” Opening night begins at the Civic Theater with “Black and White” starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.
Friday, October 17th
THIS IS NOLA presents: Hurray for the Riff-Raff & The Deslondes @ The Joy Theatre 8PM
New Orleans Americana heroes have a big homecoming show tonight in the kickoff event for the new “This is NOLA” series, an effort to tie together the many elements of the contemporary arts scene. Hurray for the Riff Raff headlines in the midst of a hugely successful year that includes appearances on David Letterman, the Americana Music Awards, Jazz Fest, NPR and sold out shows across the country. Not far behind are The Deslondes, names after the lower 9th ward street on which they were founded, who recently joined the prestigious Old Crow Medicine Show. There will also be food, cocktails and film. RSVP at thisisnola.org by Thursday in order to receive a priority entry.
Soul Asylum with R Scully Rough 7 @ Tipitina’s 9PM
Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum have close ties to New Orleans and fittingly, are great at writing songs about disappearing. Frontman Dave Pirner has spent much of his time here since his band’s popularity exploded with hit single “Runaway” in the 1990s. Far from dormant, Soul Asylum has plans to release a new album in early 2015. New Orleans’ own R Scully’s Rough 7 consists of part of the Morning 40 Federation, both of which might best be described as “garage gospel.” This show marks their return to the stage after a lengthy hiatus working on a new Morning 40s album. NOLA female performer of the year award winner Meschiya Lake also sings backup vocals for the Rough 7.
Reverend John Wilkins @ dba 10PM
Say whaatttt, blues fans? This one is a treat. The traditional sound of America’s passed to another generation through the Wilkins family. Dig into the sounds of the North Mississippi Hill Country and you won’t have to go too far to find the good Reverend Robert Wilkins, perhaps best known for his versions of “That’s No Way to Get Along” (made famous by the Rolling Stones as “Prodigal Son”) and “I’ll Go With Her.” Wilkins son John is also a bluesman, Memphis-born–one who’s doing a fine job of keeping the flame alive. Sure to be a real fine show. Get there early; with the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest in full swing, there’s sure to be at least some migrants from Lafayette Square to Frenchmen.
Brother Ali & Special Guest @ House of Blues
With his new album “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color” Brother Ali wants to bring the usurpation and controversy straight into your face, unapologetic and critical, and frustratingly honest. After his recent pilgrimage to Mecca, he writes about the flaws and downfalls of the American persona in the world stage but hopes that what is wrong can be corrected.
Saturday, October 18th
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest @ Lafayette Square
Get your glutton on today at Lafayette Square for the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s annual Blues & BBQ Fest! Los Lobos headlines Saturday’s lineup, but a number of quality blues acts precede them. There’s also an arts market. This year’s BBQ comes from the best grills and smokers New Orleans has to offer including the Joint, The Praline Connection, Walker’s BBQ, Squeal, and Cafe Carmo. Full performance schedule can be found here: http://www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest/.
Record Raid @ Tulane University 10-5PM
Hey music lovers out there! Are you looking to pump up your record collection?Looking for that one record your shitty college roommates stole? Well you’re in luck because on Saturday, Record Raid, a pop-up record store will be at Tulane University’s Pocket Park showing vinyls, CDs, 8 tracks, 45s and cassettes. Go check it out, its totally free and you never know what treasures you could find.
Keys and Krate’s @ House of Blues
Electronic meets hip hop group from Canada (hey Drake’s from there too). You will be grooving.
Sunday, October 19th
Alligator Chomp Chomp @ One-Eyed Jack’s 9PM
Laid back fun times at Alligator Chomp Chomp this Sunday night–it’s a dance party dedicated to Louisiana and Gulf Coast music. Expect to hear swamp pop, Cajun, Zydeco, blues, funk, brass, soul, R&B, and more. if it’s native to the region, it’s pumping through these speakers. Voted best swamp dance party in New Orleans…duh.
The Wailers @ House of Blues 9PM
Bob Marley’s former bandmates are together and performing still so head this way for some classic reggae.
Monday, October 20th
Hill Country Hounds @ Hi-Ho Lounge
Hey try saying that sentence above five times fast. Check out some badass local country music for an otherwise normal Monday night in New Orleans.
Good Music for You Mondays @ Gasa Gasa
This Monday for your listening pleasure is Berenice Monday’s Happy Hour, John Freilichs Naked Trio and the Panorama Jazz Band. Go and enjoy some live music ya degenerate.
go forth and make music your extracurricular activity.