This week's musical highlights in New Orleans.
Friday: Legends of the Game featuring Mystikal, Juvenile, Big Mike of the Geto Boys and U.N.L.V., 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf: Mystikal's back, and he returns with the Monsters of New Orleans Hip-Hop. (tickets)
Also on Friday: Honey Island Swamp Band, Red Baraat, 10 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets)
Saturday: Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with Ledisi, 10 p.m., Tipitina's: Part of the NOJO concept was to bring jazz to the people, and in recent years, it has gone to where people are. Mayfield and company start their fall season at Tipitina's with New Orleans-born R&B singer Ledisi joining them. (tickets)
Also on Saturday: Bachaco, 10 p.m., The Maple Leaf Bar; Coyotes; Today the Sun, Tomorrow the Moon; Alexis and the Samurai, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Sunday: DJ Soul Sister's 6th Annual Birthday Jam featuring DaM-FunK., 9 p.m., Tipitina's: DJ Soul Sister has become a part of the Tipitina's family, and she'll celebrate her birthday with the L.A.-based DJ and producer. His specialty is electro-boogie, and he'll perform with his live band for the occasion. (tickets)
Also on Sunday: James Singleton and Illuminasti, 8 & 10 a.m., Snug Harbor (tickets)
Monday: Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra, 9 p.m., Tipitina's: I'm not sure you can separate former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer's music from her self-promotion efforts. Her art is being the theatrical entity known as Amanda Palmer, who blurs the distinctions between onstage and off. The Spotify version of her new album Theatre is Evil includes commentary for each of the tracks, which owe a debt to the Teutonic new wave of Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich. (tickets)
Tuesday: Beach House, Dustin Wong, 10 p.m., Tipitina's: It feels awkward to keep focusing on Tipitina's shows, but the club booked a strong week including this Baltimore-based dream pop duo, whose Bloom from earlier this year is a series of beautifully rendered, lush songs that carry emotional weight. (tickets)
Thursday: Jadakiss, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf: The Ruff Ryder rapper is on Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam these days, and he has a new mixtape, I Love You. (tickets)
Also on Thursday, Firewater, 9 p.m.,Tipitina's (tickets); Nasimiyu Murumba, 6 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art
This weekend, the Broadway percussion extraganza Stomp will be at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for five shows including Saturday and Sunday matinees.
In two weeks, Tipitina's will host two activities to help raise money to renovate Professor Longhair's family home. On Saturday, September 29, there will be a concert, "Fess' House Party New Orleans Style," and it will be preceded by the 1st Annual “Rhythm and Blues 5K Run.” The race starts at 5 p.m. at Tipitina's, and marching bands will serenade the runners along the way. There will be food and refreshments after the race, and there will be prizes awarded to those who run in the best costumes commemorating famous musicians. Proceeds will go to New Orleans area high school marching band programs to help with uniforms and marching shoes. To register, visit the New Orleans Track Club website.
Musicians interested in playing the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell can apply for consideration now. Bon Jovi's already got his application in; have you? Deadline is October 1.
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