Music Mondays: Shows to See

Monday, December 15

The Nightmare Before Christmas Burlesque

Shadowbox Theater // 9pm

Tim Burton’s visually arresting 1993 stop motion feature “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is translated to the stage for a wonderfully engaging and unique burlesque performance at the Shadowbox Theater tonight. This is the last performance of this run, so if you miss tonight, that’s it for you! Join Jack, Sally, and all the other denizens of Halloweentown as they put on a Christmas celebration New Orleans won’t forget. I bet the ‘Oogie Boogie’ number will be awesome. Such potential!

Tuesday, December 16

Frontier Ruckus w/Coyotes

Gasa Gasa // 9pm

Michigan-based folk rock group Frontier Ruckus hits the stage at Gasa Gasa tonight in support of their latest album, Sitcom Afterlife. Local Americana/alt-country band Coyotes joins them. For fans of Justin Townes Earle, Grant Lee Buffalo, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Wednesday, December 17

RAW NOLA: Holiday RAWk

Republic // 7-11pm

This giant arts and crafts, performance, and artwork showcase at Republic features local artists, designers, filmmakers, stylists, musicians, and more. I have a feeling you’ll be able to get some awesome wild stuff here, as well as some nice, more standard things for your mom… all while enjoying performances and displays from some of New Orleans’ most talented artists. Complete info here:

Thursday, December 18

Christmas Organ Spectacular

St. Louis Cathedral // 6pm //Free

St. Louis Cathedral’s free December concert series is coming to an end in just a few days, but tonight is one of the highlights of the entire event with beautiful Christmas organ music from the Cathedral’s young artist in residency, Karol Mossakowski. Traditional and spectacular.

Friday, December 19

Kool & the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square // 7pm // Free

Oh lord yes, it’s time for another New Orleans Bowl on Saturday. But before UL-Lafayette tries to defend their New Orleans Bowl title against the Nevada Wolf Pack, Friday features all sorts of fan-friendly events, including a 2-mile ramp run through the Superdome. Friday culminates with a free concert from Kool & the Gang and Cheap Trick—a match made in heaven? Let’s get in the time machine, go back to 1980, and ask these two if they thought they’d ever play together. No? Looks like a good match now—celebrate good times!

Kermit Ruffins 50th Birthday Bash

House of Blues // 9pm

Basin Street Records star and New Orleans trumpeter extraordinaire Kermit Ruffins is turning 50! Join him for a night of revelry at House of Blues, where he’s sure to be joined by many fantastic musical guests.

WWOZ Birthday Celebration f/Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, and DJ Soul Sister

Tipitina’s // 10pm

You know who else has a birthday today? New Orleans’ biggest Guardian of the Groove, WWOZ! WWOZ first went on the air in December 1980 and they’ve been keeping the flame alive ever since—still commercial-free, listener supported, and with a programming lineup unlike any other. Their birthday bashes tend to be wonderfully celebratory affairs, with Second Lines, Mardi Gras Indians and, of course, top notch music. Come on out and help the best radio station in the world celebrate turning 34.

Saturday, December 20

Irvin Mayfield

Louisiana Music Factory // 4pm

I can’t stop with the Louisiana Music Factory Saturday afternoon music events! Damn you for this great series, LMF! Just kidding, keep going. Forever. Please. This afternoon brings jazz trumpeter and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, Jr. to the store. Mayfield is a Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana, and has been since 2003 when he was just 26. The prolific Mayfield has released ten different albums since 1998 and will be sharing an intimate set at this great music store today.

Sunday, December 21

Caroling in Jackson Square

Jackson Square // 7pm // Free

Caroling in Jackson Square has been a New Orleans tradition since 1946—catch the Christmas spirit and O Holy Night it up with hundreds of other people tonight. Beautiful and cheery—and you’re free to bring your own special hot cider.

The Amazing Acro-Cats: Meowy Catmas

Allways Lounge // 7pm

This show’s been in town for a few weeks now but this is your very last chance to see the truly Amazing Acro-Cats. Dogs are cool and all, but not that remarkable when one is trained. A cat, on the other hand—you know they secretly hate your guts and think you exist to serve them, so this ticket is worth the price of admission. Watch trained cats jump through hoops, walk a tightrope, run an obstacle course, perform in a holiday-themed feline circus, and perform in a kitty rock’n’roll band. Yes. Yes. Yes!

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Carrie tends to stay below Canal Street but also enjoys some of Uptown's finer establishments. Wherever she goes, there will be live music.

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