Last week’s big do was the lovely tribute concert to Mid-City institution Rand Owens. Defunct bands, former employees and patrons of his two successful Banks St. businesses all came together to celebrate his life in a rapidly organized two-stage concert.This week, St. Patrick’s Day looms. But if you want to avoid the green beer and chucked cabbage crowd, we have a nearly perfect lineup of shows for you.
Monday, March 9
You haven’t been to the Quarter since Mardi Gras Day and we don’t blame you. But local favorites Blind Texas Marlin playing their weekly show in the front room of One Eyed Jacks is reason enough to scoot on down to the tourist-clogged parts of town.
What: Blind Texas Marlin
Where: One Eyed Jacks
When: 10 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10
Mid-City’s newest space will meet some of the city’s best bands when Waste Man and Sexy Dex & The Fresh take over Belly Up. New Orleans is all about making a good time out of bad situations, why not party in the shadow of the courthouse?
What: Waste Man and Sexy Dex & The Fresh
Where: Belly Up (2635 Gravier Street)
When: 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11
International Women’s Day has come and gone, but plenty of that spirit will be on display when New Orleans’ chanteuses and drag queens come together to celebrate the work of Joni Mitchell in a small theater just off St. Claude Ave.
What: Reckless Daughters – A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Where: Allways Lounge
When: 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12
People Museum are always a good time. Which makes them a great co-headliner for a band playing their first-ever show. Bad Operation is a Community Records family affair, with label heads Greg & D-Ray and members of Pears, All People and People Museum pitching in.
What: People Museum and Bad Operation
Where: Hey! Cafe
When: 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 13
We’re gonna do this weekend a little different, as the thing to do is get out of town ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. Luckily, T-Bois Blues Festival is just up the road in LaRose. (Should you stay, you can’t go wrong with the show made up of Aldred, Shormey and new group Dance Moves and Billy’s Ballroom.)
What: T-Bois Blues Festival
Where: LaRose, LA
When: March 13-14
Saturday, March 14
If you’re in town for the weekend, why not spend all of it on Decatur St.? Santos has made that locals-heavy party of the Quarter all the more enticing with two nights of one-time blog favorites. Har Mar Superstar’s group Heart Bones headlines Saturday along with Terror Pigeon and local synth-poppers Static Static.
What: Heart Bones (Har Mar Superstar & Sabrina Ellis) + Terror Pigeon + Static Static + Lovelorn
When: 10 p.m.
Sunday, March 15
The shine has been knocked off of Beach Slang since the indie-leaning press went nuts for theit first record. But we’re going to let you in on a little secret: they still rule. Round out your weekend at Santos with this set.
What: Beach Slang
When: 8:00 p.m.