Our picks for the week's highlights include Amen Dunes, Justin Moore, Jarekus Singleton, and Cardinal Sons.
Friday: Justin Moore, 7 p.m., Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square: Country singer Justin Moore stands up proudly for old school country values with a classic rock, ZZ Top-styled band. (tickets) Also on Friday: Cardinal Sons, Baby Bee, The Kid Carsons, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Painted Hands, Gallyknappers, Stoop Kids, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Papa Mali and Friends, Gravy, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (free); The Mulligan Brothers, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, 9 p.m., Rock ’n’ Bowl; Dave Fera with Yanti Turang and Liana Freedman, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; The Wild Magnolias, 10 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar;
Saturday: Jarekus Singleton, Little Freddie King, 10 p.m., Freret Street Publiq House: The former Southern Miss point guard plays funky blues from his debut album, Refuse to Lose. Also on Saturday: The Honorable South, Tandem, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Pocket Aces Brass Band CD-release party, Madfro, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); Deacon John Birthday Bash, 9:30 p.m., Rock ’n’ Bowl; The Happy Talk Band, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah
Sunday: Amen Dunes, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa: On the new Love, Damon McMahon’s freak folk addresses the album’s title in broad terms, and engages the ideas and his audience in the process. (tickets) Also on Sunday: Diarrhea Planet, Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires, Primitive Boys, 9 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); The Foreign Exchange, DJ RQAWAY, 9 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets)
Monday: The Menzingers, Lemuria, Pup, Cayetana, 9:30 p.m., Siberia: The Pennsylvania punk band doesn’t reach beyond what it knows, but it’s hard, fast and engaging on the recent Rented World. (tickets)
Tuesday: 3Now4 Reunion, 8 & 10 p.m., Snug Harbor: Bassist James Singleton and pedal steel wizard Dave Easley will get back together for a night for adventurous music, likely with guests since the band also included a number of horn players and drummers when it was more active.
Thursday: Wimbash “Old School Edition” feat. Doug Wimbish, Big Sam Williams, Nigel Hall and Khris Royal, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s: Bassist Doug Wimbish is best known as part of the Sugarhill Records house band, the Living Colour bassist, and part of Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound System. On the eve of the Essence Music Festival, he plays Tip's with some of New Orleans’ funky finest. (tickets)
Tuesday night, One Eyed Jacks will present the Air Sex Championships with the same sort of miming performance executed when playing air guitar, but applied to sex.
The Essence Music Festival starts Friday, July 4, but Thursday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it will present the Essence NowPlaying Concert with Nas, Trey Songz, K. Michelle, and Jazmine Sullivan.