Halloween’s over but The Season’s really just getting started! Lots of good stuff going on this week so check out your New Orleans music calendar to find out what you should be doing this week.
Monday, November 3
Lil Red & Big Bad
Balcony Music Club // 7pm
Lil Red & Big Bad carry that uniquely New Orleans mixture of blues, R&B, soul, and rock’n’roll sound. With a mess of fiery red hair and a personality to match, you won’t miss Lil Red (Nancy Gros) before the show or onstage.
Tuesday, November 4
Angel Olsen w/Lionlimb @ One Eyed Jack’s // 8pm
St. Louis native Angel Olsen hits the stage at One Eyed Jack’s tonight to serenade the rising Americana scene in New Orleans. She’s been recognized as a keeper of the flame of such greats as Townes Van Zandt and Roy Orbison but I find her more reminiscent of Wanda Jackson. Check out her appearance on Letterman earlier this year:
Wednesday, November 5
Ladyfest New Orleans
Tonight is the first day of Ladyfest New Orleans, the 8th incarnation of this female-powered fest that aims to celebrate and encourage art and activism of New Orleans women through music, poetry, theater and more. Proceeds from the various events the festival is hosting throughout the city go to support the education and advancement of women. Rock on. More info at http://www.ladyfestneworleans.org/.
Thursday, November 6
Cabaret Macabre // Marigny Opera House // 8pm
The Marigny Opera House is one of New Orleans’ least-known and most beautiful venues. Tonight is the first showing of Cabaret Macabre, a silent circus arts show inspired by Edward Gorey illustrations. Consider this a delightful preview of the soon-to-arrive Fringe Fest as these players performed a shortened version of this at last year’s event.
The Many Faces of Louis Armstrong
f/Kermit Ruffins, Gregg Stafford, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown and more
Xavier University Center
7pm // FREE
This event looks super cool and will undoubtedly provide a fine homage to New Orleans pride and joy, Louis Armstrong. The city’s current top trumpeters take to the stage with Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band to honor Satchmo.
Friday, November 7
The Pizza Underground w/Har Mar Superstar
Freret Street Publiq House // 9pm
I generally hate cover bands. But, strangely enough, all of the Velvet Underground cover bands I’ve seen have been really great. I guess it’s a step up to gather a crew interested in enough in 1966 avant-garde to put in that much effort as opposed to, say, the local bro watering hole musicians screaming “Baby, I was born to ruuuuuun!” for the 53rd time that week. Regardless, this band brings an additional layer to the VU cake with Macaulay Culkin on guitar and modified pizza-themed versions of the VU’s songs. Yes, that’s exactly what I would have guessed Culkin would be doing now if you’d asked me my predictions for his future in 1994. Of course. Oh, and apparently the opening band looks like Ron Jeremy. Just in case you haven’t had your monthly fill of gross/fat porn stars. I think the show will be great, though. Last time they came to town, they were at the Hi-Ho and it went swimmingly. New Orleans is kind to stars and former stars because we’re pretty much all just as weird.
Saturday, November 8
St. Claude Second Saturday/Piety Street Market/St. Claude Food Truck Park
Hey, downtown. Yes, I do like living in the best neighborhood in the world. This beautiful Saturday kicks off with the Piety Street Market from 11am-4pm where more than 50 vendors will be hawking their unique art, jewelry, clothes, crafts, books, and more at the Old Ironworks (612 Piety). Second Saturdays are a longstanding Bywater tradition in which the galleries around St. Claude host coordinating monthly opening receptions. The term “gallery” is used loosely here as a lot of the venues are simply artists’ homes and studios. Others are more recognizable as fancy art venues. Both tend to have wonderful art, smiling faces, and delicious snacks. Coinciding with these fantastic events is the new St. Claude Food Truck Park from 6-9pm at the vacant lot near St. Coffee. Mobile food is delicious and this rotating selection of trucks and live entertainment will add a certain something to this month’s Second Saturday.
Sunday, November 9
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Armstrong Park // 11am-7:30pm // FREE
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the same people who bring us Jazz Fest, Crescent City Blues & BBQ, and much more, are rocking Armstrong Park again this weekend with the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. Sunday is the second day of this free, community-inspired festival! Aside from the delicious food (including a vegan gumbo competition?!), your senses will also be treated to the sounds of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brass Band, St. Aug’s Brass Band and, capping it off, Soul Rebels from 6-7:15pm. Full lineup and food available here: http://www.jazzandheritage.org/treme-gumbo.