My Spilt Milk's picks for the week include the J. Dilla tribute, Blackalicious, Marley, Old 97s and more.
[Updated] Friday: Welcome to Dillaville: the Official Dilla Tribute feat. Slum Village, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf: Hip-hop producer J. Dilla's been as popular if not more in death as he was in life. He's routinely namechecked these days as an influence, and De La Soul recently posted a free mixtape, Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., on their website with classic raps backed by Dilla tracks. (tickets) Also on Friday: Blackalicious, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Dale Watson, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, 9 p.m., Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl; Emily Kopp, Bantam Foxes, 8 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); MadFro, AJC, Rejected Youth, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Andrew Duhon, Cardinal Sons, Cliff & Sasha, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Ces Cru, Info Gates, Lyriqs da Lyraciss, Merle Swaggard, DJ Black Pearl, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets)
Saturday: Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, 10 p.m., House of Blues: Ziggy Marley's younger brother, who has made reggae firmly in his father's classic vibe, but he also shows a healthy hip-hop sensibility. (tickets) Also on Saturday: An Evening with Ratty Scurvics, 8 p.m., The Old U.S, Mint; Tucka, Cupid, Michael Ward, Gina Brow, DJ Captain Charles, 8 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); Lost Bayou Ramblers, Pine Hill Haints, 9 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Sweet Crude, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Logarda, Seraph/The Light, Mailbomber, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Kelcy Mae, Lee Walker, 6 p.m., Siberia
Sunday: The Iguanas, Paul Cebar, 9 p.m., Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl: A good night with a couple of roots music polymaths. Also on Sunday: Curtin, Bois, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Monday: Fu Manchu, Electric Citizen, 9 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: The California-based stoner rock band doesn't work too hard, but they're back with Gigantoid, their first album in almost five years. (tickets) Also on Monday: Black Label Society, Devil You Know, Butcher Babies, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
Wednesday: The Old 97s, Lydia Loveless, Holly Golightly, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: A good night of Americana from top to bottom. The Old 97's' Rhett Miller can be a clever smartass, and their songs show unassailable popcraft. (tickets) Also on Wednesday: Pell CD-release party, Q Dot Davis, Slangston Hughes, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets)
Updated 9:52 a.m.
Wednesday night's show with Pell at Gasa Gasa was added after initial publication of this post.