New Orleans made its name on music well over a century ago and has held a spot in the show-going public’s imagination ever since. Even as tastes moved away from jazz, the city never stopped being loud as all hell, holding on to those roots while making space for punk bands, funk acts, lounge singers and country musicians to let their sounds ring out.
As such, the weekly jumble of just who is playing where and when can be more than a little overwhelming. So, we’ve decided to take the hard part out of the equation and help you leave the house. Welcome to NOLA Fray’s inaugural roundup of the gigs to see this week.
Of course, we’ve decided to start this new regular feature right as carnival season heats up. To keep things simple and accessible, our picks for this week will exclude the numerous balls that are going down in the coming days. If you’re a member of Krewe of Freret, you know you’re going to Shorty Gras. If you want to see Big Freedia bounce in the Music Box at the Sirens of Salvage Ball, throwdown with the Lost Bayou Ramblers at Mid-City’s Apocolypse Ball or get truly ~weird~ at the Art Garage’s Krewe of Vaporwave bash, know that those options are available. As for the rest of you, the folks who just want to see a show without much thought to masks and tights, here’s our picks:
Monday, February 10
The week starts a bit slow, so why not take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with some great hometown indie rock? Cicada and Pobre Pobre take the stage at Gasa Gasa on Monday with support from newcomers (well, new band anyway) Tiki Tiki.
What: Cicada, Pobre Pobre + Tiki Tiki
Where: Gasa Gasa
When: Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11
Admit it, you haven’t been down to the Quarter in a while. Take the opportunity to play tourist before catching Yo Gotti affiliate Blac Youngsta at the House of Blues. Tracks like “Booty” will get you going as the week starts to pick up.
What: Blac Youngsta
Where: House of Blues
When: Doors at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12
While Luke James at the House of Blues is a tempting option for a smooth lead-in to Valentine’s Day, we wouldn’t want to send you to the same place two nights in a row. Shake something loose instead while watching Black Magic Flower Power and Sick Ride at Decatur Street punk dungeon Santos.
What: Black Magic Flower Power + Sick Ride
When: 9 p.m.
Thursday, February 13
Big Freedia’s playing a masquerade on the other side of town, but If you’d rather let someone else do the dressing up, Here Come The Mummies at Tipitina’s is a perfect option. The anonymous funk act will take over Tips with bass lines as tight as their bandages.
What: Here Come The Mummies
When: Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m.
Friday, February 14
New Orleans Community Printshop & Darkroom is hosting its 10th annual Valentines Day Cover Show, and it keeps getting better year on year. This year’s “lineup” includes mimics taking Talking Heads, The Jonas Brothers and R.E.M.
What: Valentine’s Day Cover Show
Where: New Orleans Community Printshop & Darkroom, 2801 Franklin Ave.
When: 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 15
Alan Jackson is playing in town on Saturday. Yes, that Alan Jackson. Go see him.
What: Alan Jackson + Tenile Townes
Where: Smoothie King Center
When: 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 16
St. Pete barroom punks Jeremy & The Clones are complemented by New Orleans’ own Gools in an absolutely perfect send-off to the week.
What: Jeremy & The Clones + Gools
Where: Circle Bar
When: 9:30 p.m.