My Spilt Milk picks the week's highlights, including sailor songs from Valparaiso Men's Chorus, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, total chaos with the Itchy-O Marching Band, Patty Griffin's new album, Cobalt Cranes, and the Crescent City BBQ and Blues Festival.
Friday: Valparaiso Men's Chorus, 11 p.m., Saturn Bar: New Orleans' favorite ensemble of drunken sailors return to sing contagious sea ballads in their home away from the sea, The Saturn Bar. Also on Friday: Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, 10 p.m., d.b.a.; Vox and The Hound, Gold and The Rush, West Without, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Guitar Wolf, The Coathangers, Coward, Mike Donovan, 9:30 p.m., Siberia (tickets)
Saturday: George Porter Jr., The Lee Boys, 10 p.m., Tipitina's: George Porter Jr., bassist for Hall of Fame hopefuls, The Meters, plays alongside the funk and gospel-inspired Lee Boys (tickets); Also on Saturday: Mission South, Brian Hyken and The Wanderlust, Yelephants, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Fuji Pop, Mada, 10 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf's Den (tickets); Maurice Brown and Friends, 10 p.m., Blue Nile
Sunday: St. Paul and The Broken Bones, 8 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf: St. Paul and The Broken Bones deliver a hearty serving of old-school, southern soul (tickets). Also on Sunday: Ray Wylie Hubbard, 8 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Guantanamo Baywatch, Birthstones, The Bills, 10 p.m., The Circle Bar
Monday: Jessie Ware, 8 p.m., House of Blues: Brit singer/songwriter, Jessie Ware, fuses soul with synth-pop, creating haunting melodies that pack an emotional punch (tickets). Also on Monday: Ghost Box Orchestra, Tijuana Sleeze, Deep Space, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Gringo Star, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Tuesday: Itchy-O Marching Band, MC Trachiotomy, DJ 9ris 9ris, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: Anything but ordinary, this mad, masked 32-piece marching band combines drum corps percussion with synthesizers, strobes, and guerilla-style performances (tickets). Also on Tuesday: Dizzy Wright, Emilio Rojas, Pell, Ja So Rude, Malli Benjamin, 8 p.m., House of Blues' Parish (tickets); Michael Bublé, 8 p.m., New Orleans Arena (tickets)
Wednesday: Patty Griffin, Andrew Duhon, 8 p.m., Tipitina's: Six years in the making, Patty Griffin takes on folk, rock, and gospel once again with American Kid, a heavy dose of Americana that chronicle's the singer's relationship with her father (tickets).
Thursday: Cobalt Cranes, Grooms, 10 p.m., Circle Bar: Cobalt Cranes take a psychedelic twist on grunge and garage-rock foundations with their debut album, Head in the Clouds.
New Orleans celebrates a mouth-watering, hip-shaking combination of smoked meat and live music this weekend at the eighth annual Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. The free festival in Lafayette Square will feature food from more than 18 local vendors, and plenty of live music, including James Cotton, Jonny Lang, Shemekia Copeland, Mel Waiters, and Mighty Sam McClain.