There’s plenty going on this Thanksgiving week so whether you’re just visiting, left on campus for the holiday, or a full-time resident on the hunt for the best things to do, you’re in the right place with Music Mondays!
Monday, November 24
dba // 7pm
This Michigan boy plays realllll nice. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for slide guitar and King piques the pre-war blues/traditional jazz side of that. A good time for fans of delta-folk, ragtime, and more. King plays a combination of original and traditional songs.
Tuesday, November 25
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Ok, it’s not technically music, but it sure as shit better light the bells of your heart to see this 50-foot tall tree illuminated for the very first time this year. ‘Tis the season, y’all.
Wednesday, November 26
Heyyy, it’s one of the biggest bar nights of the year! No shortage of options tonight, so if you don’t see what you like here, just go out and you’ll stumble upon it soon enough.
Sabotage: A Tribute to the Beastie Boys
Publiq House // 8pm
Home for the holidays? Continue the telportation back to 1995 at this Beastie Boys tribute show.
New Breed Brass Band
Blue Nile // 11pm
New Breed is keeping up the NOLA tradition with nine band members who grew up playing in their high school marching bands. These men are influenced by funk, R&B, hiphop, and soul—sure to be a dancing good time.
Marc Stone Band
Maple Leaf // 10pm
Fun blues and local guys at a great uptown venue. Not rocket science! They always pull some fun guests up onstage with them and the holiday presents a great opportunity for some big names to join.
Garden District Book Shop // 6pm
Not in the mood for the bars or loud music? The founder of PostSecret, a public art project founded by Warren, will be sharing his newest collection of secrets at the bookstore this evening. Since its inception, PostSecret has become the largest advertisement-free blog in the world, and Warren receives tens of thousands of postcards from people bearing their souls each year.
Thursday, November 27
Plenty more options on Thanksgiving Day! Wade through the turkey-induced haze to catch these fun events:
Fair Grounds // 11am
One of New Orleans most fun traditions, Thanksgiving Day at the track, kicks off with the first post at 11am. There’s no music here (that I remember) but it’s a plenty festive environment with the crowd ranging the gamut from serious betters to society people to the most casual viewers/drinkers. Ladies, get out your big hats!
Bayou Classic Smoke-Free Thanksgiving Day Parade
Superdome // 3:30pm
The Bayou Classic is the traditional annual pigskin matchup between Southern and Grambling State. This is much more than a football game, though—the festivities outside are almost a bigger deal and part of that is the parade that runs from the Superdome to the French Market. Floats, marching bands, steppers, more more more… you know the parade drill!
Cirque d’Licious Swanksgiving
Hi-Ho Lounge // 10pm
Get out of the circus at home and into the real one where it’s more acceptable to clown around, swing from the chandelier, take your clothes off, and wear 3 inches of makeup. The Hi-Ho’s got some of the country’s premiere sideshow talent tonight with a variety of acts from Lady Ginger Licious, Thugsy DaClown, Chatty the Mime, Charlotte Treuse, and more.
Friday, November 28
The Dirty Dime Peepshow
Allways // Midnight
Bella Blue is one of the biggest names in New Orleans burlesque, and she is listed as producer on this midnight show. It’s billed as “extra naughty,” and I believe it with this midnight start time!
Saturday, November 29
Cedric Burnside Project
Tipitina’s // 10pm
Cedric Burnside is a great bluesman. Grandson of the fabulous Mississippi hill country Fat Possum electric recording artist RL Burnside, Cedric adds funk and R&B into his blues. His band also features RL’s brother, Garry Burnside. The first 15 seconds of this video alone are worth the price of admission for this show, hot damn!
Marigny Opera House
This is the 9th annual incarnation of the draw-a-thon, a super cool event on Press Street. More than 1000 artists (and amateur artists) participate to create beautiful works of art. This year’s theme is “menagerie.” Come with an idea and bring it to life as part of something bigger than a single work of art! More details at press-street.org/drawathon.
Carrollton Station Bar and Music Club // 10pm
John Mooney plays a National, clomps his foot on a converted chess board, and keeps whiskey in his guitar case. Mooney is a great man, and one of the few who can claim to have learned the blues straight from one of the greatest blues treasures to have ever walked the Earth—Son House.
Sunday, November 30
Cannabis Corpse w/Mammoth Grinder, Inanimate Existance, Six Pack
Siberia // 10pm
Go harder on this December Eve. Death metal night at Siberia! Cannabis Corpse is in town from Virginia with their marijuana-themed death metal. Clearly for fans of marijuana and metal legends Cannibal Corpse. Songs with titles like “Skull Full of Bong Hits” will be sure to get you in the mood. New Orleans rockers Six Pack open.