Music Mondays here with your weekly music calendar!
Monday, December 22
Home for the Holidays w/Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, Rebirth, Eric Lindell, and more
House of Blues // 7:30pm
Aww yeah, we know some of y’all reading this actually are home for the holidays. Join some of the New Orleans favorites onstage at House of Blues tonight to contribute to the Daniel Price Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships to students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Help ensure the next generation of New Orleans talent.
Tuesday, December 23
The Smoking Time Jazz Club
Spotted Cat // 10 PM
Light one up, imbibe in spiked cider and dance the night away with the Smoking Time Jazz Club at their regular Tuesday night gig at the Spotted Cat. They specialize in traditional jazz from the 1920s and 1930s, a true golden age for the genre.
Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee
Lutcher // Dusk
It’s Christmas, heathen! Get your butts out of the club, bundle up, and head to the levees surrounding New Orleans for a beautiful Louisiana tradition on the banks of the Mississippi River. There comes a point somewhere along the river where old St. Nick lands those reindeer and follows the lights along the levee to his holiday destinations. You can be witness to it.
Thursday, December 25
Geno Delafose Zydeco Christmas Party
The Grammy-nominated Delafose hops up on Christmas day to knock out the zydeco accordion for y’all. He is part of the younger crop of zydeco musicians that’s contributed to the sound known as the nouveau zydeco, which is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong Cajun and country western influences. Delafose got his start opening and playing with his father, John Delafose, in the Eunice Playboys.
Preservation Hall All Stars
Preservation Hall // 8, 9, and 10pm
If you’re in town for the holiday or looking for something nice to do with the family, Preservation Hall All-Stars are putting on 3 shows tonight. Classic and traditional, all rolled into one.
Friday, December 26
George Porter, Jr.’s Annual Birthday Bash
Howlin’ Wolf // 10pm
George Porter, Jr. is a great R&B artist who is celebrating the passing of another year. Porter may best be known as bassist, singer, and foundation member of the Meters, along with Art Neville. Porter has a storied career and has shared the stage or recording studio with a huge array of talent including Paul McCartney, Dr. John, Earl King, Tori Amos, and Snooks Eaglin.
Saturday, December 27
Little Freddie King
Siberia //10pm //$7
King has been playing around New Orleans for decades, is the cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins, and has shared the stage with folks like Champion Jack Dupree and Slim Harpo. He is a Jazz Fest mainstay, having played every year since 1972, and a three-time New Orleans Blues Performer of the Year. There are not many living musicians who can say they’re recognized with their own marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail Marker, but King is one of the few. It’s a steal to catch him for $7.
Sunday, December 28
In the mood for some brass? Tonight’s your night!
New Orleans Trombone Choir
Trinity Episcopal Church // 5pm
This is a New Orleans style choir! Nothin’ but trombones. Tonight, John Risey will direct Christmas and jazz favorites for the church-going audience.
One Love Brass Band
Maison // 10pm
Maison’s no cover policy is great. One Love rocks their stage tonight for you, the tourists, and themselves.
Lagniappe Brass Band
Blue Nile // 11pm
Hop over to the Blue Nile after One Love’s first set or two to catch a little Lagniappe—literally. This high-energy 7-piece aims to give the audience the best in brass music.