My Spilt Milk picks the week's highlights, including the always funky Stooges Brass Band, hip-hop legends Souls of Mischief, hard rockers Star and Dagger, and learning "Art History" with California Wives.
Friday: Stooges Brass Band, Ricky B, 10 p.m., Tipitina's: This week's free Friday night concert at Tip's shows off the best of New Orleans' brass and bounce (free). Also on Friday: Designer Drugs, Michael Medina, Beatwalker, 10 p.m., The Republic (tickets); Paul Sanchez, Jim McCormick, 8 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Love Gun (Kiss tribute band), Moonhoar plus meet & greet with Lydia Criss in the Den (from 7-9 p.m.), 9 p.m., Howlin' Wolf (tickets); Suplecs, The Dirty Streets, Sumerian, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Kelcy Mae, The Tintypes, 7 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge; Bobby Jealousy, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Saturday: King James and the Special Men, 11 p.m., d.b.a.: Saturday night, the king and his men revive New Orleans' R&B classics. Also on Saturday: Sweet Crude, Coyotes, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Strange Roux, Gravy Flavored Kisses, Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Wicked Wonderland Empire, 9 p.m., Howlin' Wolf (tickets)
Monday: Truth & Salvage Co., Wes Sheffield, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa: L.A. roots rockers peform their latest Appalachian inspired album, Pick Me Up (tickets).
Tuesday: California Wives, Native America, The Tix, 10 p.m., Siberia: The Chicago-based New Wave group blend alt-rock and electro synths on their debut album, Art History (tickets).
Wednesday: Souls of Mischief, Koan, AF the Naysayer, 9 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge: Oakland hip-hop legends bring the best of '90s rap to the Hi-Ho Lounge (tickets). Also on Wedneday: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk CD-release party, 10 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar
Thursday: Star and Dagger, R. Scully's Rough 7, 10 p.m., Tipitina's: The hard rocking women of Star and Dagger release their debut album, Tomorrowland Blues, at Tip's (tickets). Also on Thursday: Plain White T's, The Wind and The Wave, West Without, 8 p.m., House of Blues' Parish (tickets)
One of many victims during the Mother's Day second line shooting, writer Deborah Cotton, is finally on the road to recovery. In an effort to raise money for her medical bills, It's a Love Thing: A Benefit Love-Fest for Deborah Cotton will be held Friday, 10 p.m., at Gasa Gasa. The $10 cover includes music from DJ Soul Sister, complimentary food from Boucherie, raffles, and a live painting and art show. One hundred percent of admission fees and 30 percent of art sales will be contributed to her fund.
Grab a free printed T-shirt and enjoy a personal photoshoot at the first ever Dirty Coast Fest at The Rusty Nail, Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the New Orleans T-shirt staple, the event will include music from Sweet Crude and Alexis & the Samurai, as well as food from La Cocinita food truck and Hansen's Sno-Bliz. For more information, click here.