My Spilt Milk highlights the week's favorites, including Buku Music + Art Project, the Iguanas CD-release party, Flogging Molly, Sex Party, Kevin Gates, Elton John and the Tennessee Williams Festival.
Friday: Buku Disko feat. Poolside, Holy Ghost!, Tiger & Woods, 12 a.m., Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf keeps the party going until 5 a.m. with a night of nouveau disco and synthpop dance tracks (tickets). Also on Friday: The Johnny Clegg Band, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Buku Late feat. Carnage, Paper Diamond, Valentino Khan, Kid Kamillion, Kemistry, Jesse Slater, and Just Blaze, 11:59 p.m., The Republic (tickets); Kelcy Mae CD-release party, The Junior League, Micah McKee, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Taj Mahal Trio, Alvin Youngblood Hart, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Open Fields, Sharks Teeth, Ben Jones, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Saturday: The Iguanas CD-release party, 9 p.m., Rock ’n’ Bowl: With 15 years of experience, The Iguanas have mastered a sound that mixes roots rock with Latin styles. Saturday night, the band celebrates the release of its ninth studio album, Juarez. Also on Saturday: Kenny Barron, 7:30 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center (tickets); Buku Late feat. Baauer, Cashmere Cat, Jacques Greene, Obey City, Shanook, and Young Chop, 11:59 p.m., The Republic (tickets); Buku Late feat. Zeds Dead, Trippy Turtle, Klutch, and Special, 11 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); 35 PSI feat. Quintessential Octopus, Deadly Fists of Kung Fu, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Interactivo (from Cuba), 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Roxie Watson CD-release party, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Yuppie Teeth, Roses, Pope, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Rotary Downs, Rough 7, 11 p.m., d.b.a.
Sunday: Flogging Molly, The Drowning Men, 7:30 p.m., House of Blues: The Celtic punk band make their way to the Big Easy along with indie-rock quintet, The Drowning Men (tickets).
Tuesday: VNV Nation, 8 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: One of the pioneers of '90s electronic music, the English/Irish band continue blending synthpop, trance, and EDM on their latest record, Transnational (tickets).
Wednesday: Sex Party, Prom Date, Selfawarewolf, 8 p.m., Gasa Gasa: DJ Tuna Fist and #FFFFFF (pronounced "Super White") bring their sex-obsessed, synth-driven punk rap to Gasa Gasa (tickets); Also on Wednesday: Queensryche, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
Thursday: Kevin Gates, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf: The Baton Rouge-based rapper and singer performs tracks off of his latest album, By Any Means (tickets). Also on Thursday: Susan Cowsill’s Covered in Vinyl feat.The Velvet Underground and Nico, 8 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Yonder Mountain String Band, The Brothers Comatose, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Pink Martini, The Von Trapps, 8 p.m., Civic Theatre (tickets); Betty Who, Zak Waters, Cardiknox, 9 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge (tickets)
The Tennessee Williams Festival, The People Say Project and Hotel Monteleone host Elmore Leonard Was Here, a tribute to the witty, dark humorist from New Orleans whose Westerns, crime fiction and suspense thrillers were eventually adapted into revered films, including Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, and Justified.
The third annual BUKU Music + Art Project continues Friday through Saturday night, with headliners including The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Nas, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Sleigh Bells, Chance the Rapper, and Wavves.
Friday night, Elton John returns to the Smoothie King Center celebrating the 40th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (tickets).
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation hosts the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival Saturday and Sunday in Armstrong Park, a free event that explores the music and culture of the African diaspora and the traditions that gave rise to New Orleans music.
Comedian Chelsea Peretti, most recently known for her role on the FOX comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, performs stand-up at One Eyed Jacks, Wednesday at 9 p.m. (tickets).