My Spilt Milk picks this week's highlights, including Robert Plant, jazz hip-hop, the Rolling of the Bulls, and cocktail culture on the rocks.
Friday: Dolo Jazz Suite feat. Ikabod Burn, Dailon, AF the Naysayer, Glin, ADD Beats, 10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge: A night of jazz and hip-hop-influenced electronic music by a Gulf Coast crew. Also on Friday: James Andrews and the Crescent City All-stars, Brass-a-holics, 10 p.m., Tipitina's (free); The Cutler Band plays Bowie, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; The Cons and Prose, Sunrise: Sunset, Davey Crockett and the Wild Frontier, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Daniel Amedee, Ruby Ross, Gold Beneath the Highway, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Naughty Professor, Machete, Electric Attitude, 10 p.m., The Maison
Saturday: Rock the Mic feat. Freeway, Young Gabe and more, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf: Philadelphia rapper Freeway announced in 2009 that he was signing with Cash Money Records, but he has since released albums for other labels including Rhymesayers. (tickets) Also on Saturday: Dean and Dale, Hardship Anchors, Gold and the Rush, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets) Robert Fortune Band, Definition, 10 p.m. Tipitina's (tickets); The 2013 New Orleans Beatles Festival, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Gypsy Camp Tour feat. The Gills, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Jag, 10 p.m., Howlin' Wolf's Den (tickets); Lil' Freddie King, 11 p.m., d.b.a.
Tuesday: Jeff Albert Quartet, 10 p.m., Circle Bar: While The Blue Nile is closed for renovations, the Open Ears Series of improvised music shows moves to The Circle Bar. This week, series co-founder Jeff Albert performs.
Wednesday: Robert Plant presents The Sensational Space Shifters, Lil Band o' Gold, 8 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater: The rock legend's latest incarnation puts his daliance with country behind him, embracing his hard rock background with his current band. He has performed Fats Domino songs with openers Lil Band o' Gold, so Plant's fascination with American roots music likely won't be wholly on hold. (tickets) Also on Wednedsay: Pentatonix, 7 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
Thursday: The Maine, A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, Brighten, 6:30 p.m., House of Blues: The Arizona-based pop/rock band has made its name making young crowds happy; with the recent Forever Halloween, they've made a bid for maturity and credibility. (tickets) Also on Thursday: Elektro feat. Murder Beach, Kthulu Prime, Michael Medina and more, 10 p.m., The Republic
Starting Friday at 5:30 p.m., Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center will screen nightly (except Monday) Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle. McGarrigle was one half of the Canadian folk duo, and she was mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright before she died in 2010. The two put on a show in memory that featured guest appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty and more, and that concert is the centerpiece of the film, which also includes home movies, archival footage and interviews with family and friends.
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans - The Running of the Bulls - has become a thing, now in its seventh year. There are events and parties throughout the weekend, but the centerpiece is Saturday morning's "El Encierro," when Big Easy Roller Girls armed with plastic bats become the bulls and chase runners through the streets of the CBD and French Quarter. Here are the details.
Tales of the Cocktail has become the SXSW for fine drinking (minus the unwieldy size), and it returns to the French Quarter starting Wednesday. Seminars and panels range from the eminently practical to the beautifully frivolous. There are tasting rooms, Spirited Dinners, and special events that all speak to the beauty of a well-made drink