Our picks for the week's highlights include Big History's goodbye show, the Satchmo SummerFest, Wussyt, comedian Jen Kirkman at Cafe Istanbul and Justin Timberlake in the Smoothie King Center.
Friday: Wussy, 10 p.m., The Circle Bar; Cincinnati's Wussy is the classic rock band that never was, with a Midwestern straightforwardness and big hooks that have enough detail to keep songs surprising. Also on Friday: Grieves, SonReal, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Sarah McLachlan, 8 pm., Saenger Theatre (tickets); Tandem, New Rebel Family, Southern Arrow, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); What Made Milwaukee Famous, The Breton Sound, A. Sinclair, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Blayze & Saddles, 9 p.m., Rock ’n’ Bowl
Saturday: Big History hiatus show, Sweet Crude, Vox and the Hound, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s: Big History's combination of indie rock and EDM is convincing, but it's also coming to an end as singer Meg Roussel's leaving town. (tickets) Also on Saturday: Hank III, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Peter Murphy, My Jerusalem, 8 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Rebirth Brass Band, Tyler Kinchen and the Right Places, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); The Joy Kills, Norco Lapalco, Interior Decorating, Fpoon, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionD...); Ex-Cult, BABES, Giorgio Murderer, DJ Gris Gris, 10 p.m., Saturn Bar; Native Lights, 10 p.m., Circle Bar;
Thursday: 5th Ward Weebie’s video premiere, 10 p.m., The Republic: The rapper promises a who's who of the hip-hop community at his party including DJ Mannie Fresh, DJ Lil Man, Blaq n Mild, 89 Boys, Partners n Crime, Maseratti Nixx, Calliope Var, Nut Da Kidd, Big Choo, 6th War Pook, NBA & NFL players, and more, (tickets)
This weekend, the Old U.S. Mint is the site of Satchmo SummerFest, where there will be music on two stages that will be loosely related to Louis Armstrong. Since Armstrong did so much that almost everything except Einstürzende Neubauten could perform.
When Justin Timberlake last played New Orleans during Super Bowl weekend 2013, he performed with the easy confidence of a guy who'd won life. He returns to the Smoothie King Center Sunday night, and reports from the tour suggest that the details have changed but the big picture remains the same. (tickets)