My Spilt Milk picks the week's favorites, including Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, The Eagles, Bright Light Social Hour, Reckless Kelly, and plenty of Carnival celebrations.
Friday: Pink Slip Mardi Gras Party feat. The Counts, Susan Cowsill, 8 p.m., Gasa Gasa: The Carnival festivities continue at Gasa Gasa with '50s R&B quintent, The Counts, singer/songwriter Susan Cowsill, and the Mardi Gras-only garage punk band Pink Slip, which often includes Cowsill along with founder Sue Ford (tickets); Also on Friday: James Booker Tribute w/ Jack Cruz, Cyril Neville, Tom Worrell, David Torkanowsky, Bill Malchow, Roger Martin, Lee Lee Alcorn, and more, 10 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar; Neutral Milk Hotel, 8:30 p.m., Civic Theatre (tickets); Augustines, My Goodness, 8 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish (tickets); Gold and The Rush record release party, Cardinal Sons, Native America, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Big Sam’s Funky Birthday Bash, Speaker Box, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); James Singleton Quartet feat. Johnny Vidacovich, Rex Gregory, Jonathan Freilich, 10 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; The M Machine, Klutch, Kthulu Prime, Carneyval, C-LAB, ChrisCross, 10 p.m., The Republic (tickets); Ken South Rock, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Saturday: Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Valerie June, 9 p.m., House of Blues: After beating pancreatic cancer, Sharon Jones returns with her Dap-Kings stronger and more soulful than ever, this time with a new album inspired by classic R&B values appropriately titled, Give the People What They Want (tickets); Also on Saturday: Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Ben Miller Band, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets)
Sunday: The Eagles, 8 p.m., Smoothie King Center: The Eagles once again reunite for what they once again claim could be their last tour. This is the "History of The Eagles Tour," which makes it microscopically different from previous Eagles reunion tours (tickets).
Wednesday: Bright Light Social Hour, Spaceface, Brian Hyken and The Wanderlust, 8 p.m., House of Blues: Bright Light Social Hour have a decade of experience crafting tasty psychedelic licks and hip-shaking soul jams (tickets).
Thursday: Reckless Kelly, Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, 9 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish: The Austin-based band play a mix of charging Americana tracks and alt-country ballads from their latest album, Long Night Moon (tickets).
Krewe of Freret returns to Uptown St. Charles, Saturday at 2:30 Uptown, followed by a post-parade celebration at Freret St. Publiq House featuring Dumpstaphunk and Madd Wikkid's Brassft Punk.
The 6th annual Krewe of ‘tit Rex parade begins Saturday, 5 p.m. in the Bywater, followed on a different route by The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. The parade ends at Allways Lounge with music provided by MC Sweet Tea and Lefty Parker.
Prepare your Mardi Gras costume, drink in hand at this year's Costumes & Cocktails, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cafe Instanbul.