Your weekly New Orleans music calendar!
Monday, October 20th
Lonesome Shack with Sam Doores @ The BEATnik // 8PM
Fans of the Black Keys, check this group out. Lonesome Shack, live from the New Mexican wilderness, arrives in New Orleans fresh off a successful appearance at the Deep Blues Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and ready to share tunes from their new album out now on LA’s Alive Naturalsound label. The band combines the sounds of post World War II electric country blues with a new approach to boogie. The Deslondes’ Sam Doores opens.
Tuesday, October 21
Ziggy Marley @ House of Blues // 8pm
The Marley family beat goes on through the rock-tinged reggae sounds of Bob’s first son Ziggy—a 6-time Grammy Award winner. He and his band, the Melody Makers, come to the House of Blues tonight in support of new album “Fly Rasta.” The Marleys’ political activism lives on, as well—Ziggy is a UN Youth Ambassador and supports the U.R.G.E. Foundation.
Warpaint @ Republic // 8PM
Often described as “hauntingly lovely” the ladies of the alt-rock band Warpaint are visiting New Orleans in order to show their second, self-titled album. Imagine if Radiohead, Imogen Heap and Explosions in the Sky had a girl band, Warpaint would be that. The music is melodious, ethereal, has an almost underwater, mermaid sound while still hearing the rip and blast of electric instruments. This is not the average chick band, these are the girls that you made fun of in high school and now they’re laughing back.
Wednesday, October 22
New Orleans Film Festival
“The Life of Riley” & “Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital”
It’s a big night for music films at the continuing 25th New Orleans Film Festival! Step outside of the live music box and into a space where the two great art forms of music and film collide. BB King documentary “The Life of Riley,” showing at 3:30pm at the Prytania Theater, explores the racism King faced growing up in Mississippi, as well as the humiliation of segregation and the battles he waged to find success in the music industry. High profile interviews abound in this well-done documentary—Morgan Freeman narrates; Bono, Bill Cosby, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and many more appear to discuss King’s influence on music and his impressive career.
Also showing on Wednesday is the highly anticipated film “Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital.” We wrote about this film when it was just a wee-little Kickstarter, hoping to complete their project. Complete they did and now the city and hopefully many others get to experience the never-before-seen footage and hear the story about Charity Hospital, the oldest and now abandoned hospital located right in the middle downtown New Orleans. Showing at The Joy Theater at 6:30. Ever wondered why it closed? Why it still stands? Here’s your chance to find out.
At 10pm, “Big Star: Live In Memphis” will be on the screen at the Prytania. This full-length live performance is billed as the only professionally shot full-length concert of this influential band in existence. Well before his death, Alex Chilton adopted New Orleans as his hometown, but his ties to Memphis remained strong. Ahead of his time, he, along with the rest of Big Star, made the 1970s sound like rough and raw rock’n’roll would in the late 1980s and 1990s. Whiskeytown, The Afghan Whigs, The Replacements, REM, and many more owe part of their success to Big Star.
Thursday, October 23
Leroy Jones @ Old U.S. Mint // 7PM
Leroy Jones may be considered one of the living New Orleans jazz legends. This trumpeter cut his teeth with Eddie Vinson and Della Reese before going on to join forces with Harry Connick, Jr., Dr. John, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at different points of his career. He still lives in the Treme, but is one of the few New Orleans musicians who tours consistently to bring the sounds of our city to the rest of the world. Catch him tonight at the Old U.S. Mint, a fine venue for thoughtful and inspired performances. $10 for adults; $5 for Loyola staff; free for Loyola students with a current student ID.
Friday, October 24th
Cardinal Sons with Coyotes & The Kid Carsons @ One Eyed Jack’s // 9Pm // $10
Originally Jackson boys, they call New Orleans home and we’re happy to claim them. Their music is easy-going, makes you dance, the kind of music you play in the car on a sunny day, with the windows down and your arms out. 3 members, John, Joe and Dave are your buddies, the guys you knew from school, and their music takes you someplace nostalgic. Check them out performing in front of Harrah’s their song “Arrival”
Oktoberfest @ Deutsches Haus // 4Pm – 11PM
It’s the final weekend of Oktoberfest NOLA! There’s music, events, and, of course, beer. Today, the second-to-last day of the fest, brings Bayou Bavarians and Prost to the stage to play ALL the German tunes. The festival features hard-to-find German beers with names like Kostritzer, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, and Spaten Franiskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel. Deutsch auf, y’all.
Saturday, October 25
Community Records Block Party @ The Carver Theater // Noon // $17 adv, $20
So if you haven’t heard of Community Records yet, don’t worry, you will. Community is a DIY Punk label in New Orleans and this Saturday is their 7th annual Block Party. Community Records represents NOLA bands like Caddywhompus, Sun Hotel, and Cement Matters. At the Carver Theater on Orleans, there will be bands, music, food, beers, and a damn good time if that is what you’re looking for, pahtna. I’m not just saying this because they are an incredible bunch of nice, hardworking people but the music they unleash is dope as well. Doors open at noon and all ages are invited, so bring the family, the underage college boys, everyones invited!
Mirliton Festival @ Markey Park // 11Am
Bywater unite! This annual festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and features live music, food, snoballs, and more than 50 art and flea market vendors. This year’s performances will come from Daria & the Hipdrops, One Love Brass Band, and Shange Roux. Put on by the Bywater Neighborhood Association, this is a great time to get to know your neighbors for 9th Ward residents, and is an opportunity for people from other parts of the city to make the downtown trek and see what’s been going on in New Orleans best neighborhood (not that I’m biased or anything). The most up-to-date info is available at their Facebook page. If you want to keep the good times rolling, immediately following the festival will be the celebratory opening of Prospect.3 with a St. Claude Arts District Block Party at 2820 St. Claude.
Sunday, October 26th
Fete Marigny // Washington Square Park // 10 AM- 6PM
Hey, downtown. I see what you’re doing here. If the 9th Ward sucked you in yesterday and you didn’t make it home, inch closer to the Quarter on Sunday morning for the Faubourg Marigny Neighborhood Improvement Association’s celebration of the city’s French influence. This free party at Washington Square Park will have live French music and food, crafts, and more fest-y stuff that you know and love. It’s a chance to meet your Marigny neighbors, have a good time in prime weather, find out who’s kicking up all the dust about the noise ordinance, and much more.
Angola Prison Rodeo // 9AM- 5PM // $15
If you’d rather get the hell out of town for a few, today is also the last Angola Prison Rodeo of the season. This is a classic rodeo held outside the Angola Prison with bull riding, wild cow milking, and an event called “Guts’n’Glory.” There are also prisoner art, crafts, jewelry, furniture, and more. Much of the prisoner art is poignant and well-done—though the promotions for the rodeo say “prisoner arts and crafts,” much of it goes far beyond that. There’s also a carousel, pony rides, and carnival games for the kids or the kid in you. A final word to the wise—the traffic sucks.
UPDATE: TICKETS FOR THE ANGOLA PRISON RODEO SHOW ARE SOLD OUT. BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR, FOLKS.