Concerts to See This Week: March 2 – 8

Do you have your head back on straight? Was a week enough time to recover from Mardi Gras? Is a year? No matter, this week features some concerts that are bound to pull you out of hibernation. 

The shows are varied in style and location this week, with everything from electronic music in the French Quarter to a Fais Do-Do over in Uptown. Take a look at some of our favorite happenings below.


This week’s big out-of-town offering comes from Dan Deacon. The Baltimore-based electronic musician is coming to the Quarter behind his newest album Mystic Familiar. We’re sure he has some serious surprises for fans who have waited five years for new music. Even a no-frills set is a guaranteed ripper with support from the notorious and noisy Ed Schraeder’s Music Beat. If that doesn’t get you off the couch, then come out to support the eccentric local groovemaker in MoPodna.

What: Dan Deacon and Ed Schraeder’s Music Beat w/ MoPodna
Where: One Eyed Jacks
When:  8 p.m.


Celebrate March 4 in the nerdiest way imaginable and get yourself down to the waltz party. The night will be broken into two sets of 3/4-built songs: classic country waltzes and Cajun offerings. Local square dance caller and country musician Dan Wally Baker will lead with his band ahead of a set by the Faugborg Playboys. The show comes with a dance lesson and gumbo will be available.

What: An Evening of Waltz
Where: The Tigermen Den
When:  6:30 p.m.


Pop Smoke was scheduled to play at the House of Blues on Thursday. His unfortunate passing means that’s no longer the case. Should you find yourself in need of a new gig, there’s plenty of local music going down on March 5. Try out Butte and The Light Set over at the Carnaval Lounge.

What: Butte + The Light Set + Alexandra Scott + Tristan Gianola
Where: Carnaval Lounge
When:  9:30 p.m.


Asheville’s Soft Talk stop through the 7th Ward to head up a night of glitchy and dreamy synth music. Look for local support from two new-ish solo acts from Sexy Dex & The Fresh members: the futurist R&B of Delores Galore and the vaporwave-meets-shoegaze act Pearce.   

What: Soft Talk, Angry Lovers, Delores Galore & Pearce
Where: Sidney’s Saloon
When: 9 p.m.


After a night of oddness, a bit of brass music can be grounding. Down in Armstrong Park, the Save Our Brass Culture Foundation is putting on an all-day celebration of the sound that keeps NOLA moving. The Brass Band Fest runs from early afternoon into the evening with sets by Rebirth, Roots of Music, TBC, Pinettes and others. 

What: Brass Fest
Where: Armstrong Park
When: 1 p.m.


Get the party out and head to bed early. Bruce Daigrepont will lead a down-home, Cajun dance party at the venerable Uptown institution that will have you out the door at a time that’s sensible if you have work in the morning.

What: Fais Do Do at Tip’s
Where: Tipitina’s
When: 5:30 p.m.


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