With Christmas upon us, this is a quieter week in New Orleans nightlife. But it's not completely silent.
This time of the year, bands aren't touring and even local musicians would rather be home with their families. As such, we have a short Milk Run this week. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours from My Spilt Milk.
Friday: Home for the Holidays, 7 p.m., House of Blues: This yearly event is a star-studded fundraiser for the Daniel Price Foundation for Aspiring Artists. The bill is usually star-studded, this year including Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins & Amanda Shaw, Chuck Perkins and Spy Boy Honey, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Paul Sanchez, Eric Lindell, Jonathan Batiste, Stanton Moore Trio, Herlin Riley, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, James Andrews, and Rockin' Dopsie. (tickets) There is also a Patrons' Party that starts at 6 p.m. with a hosted bar, a buffet, and music by NOCCA Jazz Band and Theresa Andersson. (tickets) Also on Friday: Pfister Sisters at Friday Night Music Camp, 5 p.m., The Big Top; Good People, Dead Legends, Big Fat & Delicious, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; The Galactic Alignment, 10 p.m., The Maple Leaf Bar; Bonerama's "Down Home for the Holidays," 10 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets)
Saturday: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, 9 p.m., House of Blues: Shorty has made his Christmas show a seasonal tradition (tickets) Also on Saturday: Fred LeBlanc's Annual Christmas Show, 9 p.m., Carrollton Station; Sage Francis, B. Dolan, 10 p.m., Tipitina's (tickets)
Sunday: Big Easy Bounce Band with Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee and Ricky B: 11 p.m., The Republic: The truest way to hear bounce is with a DJ, but the Big Easy Bounce Band adds a definite physicality to the music. (tickets)
Monday: Creole Christmas with the St. Peter Street All-Stars, 1, 3 & 5 p.m., Preservation Hall: Crescent City Christmas by Lars Edegran and His Santa Claus Revelers is one of New Orleans' great Christmas albums, and it's the root from which Preservation Hall's Creole Christmas emerges.
Wednesday: George Porter Jr.'s 65th Birthday Bash, 9:30 p.m., The Howlin' Wolf: Another fine tradition. You've had enough of your family; it's time to get out and celebrate George along with His Runnin' Pardners, Greatful Dead Tribute featuring Papa Mali, Billy Iuso and Eddie Christmas, and The Trio featuring Nicholas Payton & Johnny Vidocovich. (tickets)
Thursday: Trey Songz, 7:30 p.m., University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena: The Essence mainstay comes to New Orleans after the release of his acclaimed album, Chapter V. (tickets) Also on Thursday: Geno Delafose, 8:30 p.m., Rock 'n' Bowl
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