The Spilt Milk crew picks this week's favorites, including Travis Garland, New Orleans' first acoustic bounce set with DJ Jubilee, Joan Baez, Gary Clark Jr., A$AP Ferg, Tryptophunk, Bill Cosby at Xavier, and the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.
Friday: Travis Garland, O’Donis, 8 p.m., House of Blues: The singer/dancer, known for his time with the boy band NLT, sings his version of soul on his debut, self-titled album (tickets); Maggie Koerner, Coyotes, The Honorable South, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Soul Rebels, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Purple, Bantam Foxes, Shock Patina, Summer, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Kelcy Mae, Alexandra Scott, 9 p.m., Carrollton Station; Major Major Major, Archanimals, Lefty, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; Fringe Fest Afterparty w/ Rory Danger and Danger Danger, 10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge; Alvin Youngblood Hart and Muscle Theory, 10 p.m., d.b.a.
Saturday: DJ Jubilee w/ Big Easy Bounce Band Unplugged, 11:50 p.m., Preservation Hall: The first ever acoustic bounce show comes to Preservation Hall, while Earl Scioneaux, III, premiers his new dynamic based ticketing site, Downtix (tickets); Also on Saturday: Dead Confederate, Baby Bee, Equals, 8 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Robert Earl Keen, Andrea Davidson, 9 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); N. Mississippi Allstars, Lightnin’ Malcolm, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); Lost Bayou Ramblers, R. Scully’s Rough 7, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Mercy Brothers, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, 8 & 10 p.m., Snug Harbor
Sunday: Joan Baez, 8 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: The folk queen's voice is still pure. (tickets); Also on Sunday: Truckstop Honeymoon, 10 p.m., d.b.a.
Monday: Gary Clark Jr., Moeller Brothers, 8 p.m., House of Blues: The singer/guitarist draws heavily on his Austin roots, blending blues, hard rock and Hendrixian electricity with smooth vocals (tickets); Also on Monday: Vaz, Shock Patina, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Tuesday: A$AP Ferg, A$AP Mob, Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, OverDoz, 100s, 10 p.m., The Republic: Member of the Harlem-based, hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, Ferg and a number of special guests perform songs from the rapper's debut album, Trap Lord (tickets); Also on Tuesday: Joe Bonamassa, 8 p.m., Saenger Theatre (tickets); Tom McDermott and Evan Christopher, 8 & 10 p.m., Snug Harbor
Wednesday: Tryptophunk, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s: The funk supergroup, composed of George Porter Jr., John "Papa" Gros and members of Bonerama, once again celebrate Thanksgiving their way. (tickets).
Xavier University shows off its new Convocation Center at the annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert, featuring comedy from Bill Cosby, and performances by En Vogue, and The Commodores, Friday at 8 p.m.
2-Cent, the New Orleans-based, multimedia company presents Listen! Literacy and Arts Festival, Saturday, 12-5 p.m., in an effort to provide community members the opportunity to display their talents in literacy, art and music in a way that inspires local change.
The annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, sponsored by Abita Brewery, returns with plenty of beer, fresh sandwiches, and live music, including Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Alexis & The Samurai, Flow Tribe, and Rebirth Brass Band, Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.