This week's Milk Run picks the highlights for the week ahead, including Brass Bed, Cayucas, Jon Cleary and the Essence Music Festival.
Friday: Brass Bed, Cardinal Sons, De Lune Deluge, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa: The Lafayette-based indie band, known for their complex lyrics and layered melodies, are touring their third album, The Secret Will Keep You. Also on Friday: Gravity A, Khris Royal and Dark Matter, 10 p.m., Tipitina's (free); The NOLA Soul Review feat. Tanya Boyd Cannon and DJ Hanbrah, 12 a.m., The Howlin' Wolf (tickets); Guitar Slim Jr., Guitar Lightnin' Lee and the Thunder Band, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets); R. Scully and the Rough 7, Norco Lapalco, 10 p.m., d.b.a.
Saturday: High, The Sound of the Mountain, Sirens, 10 p.m., Gasa Gasa: Instrumental, post-rock up-and-comers The Sound of the Mountain hit New Orleans after winning the Arkansas Times Musicians' Showcase earlier this year. Also on Saturday: Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, Kipori Woods, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s; Official Hood Rich/YMCMB Party Hosted by Mack Maine, 11 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
Sunday: Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, 10 p.m., d.b.a.: Jazz crooner, Meschiya Lake, has come a long way since playing for tips on Royal Street. This week, she performs with the Little Big Horns at d.b.a. Also on Sunday: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, 7 p.m., Siberia (free)
Monday: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 10 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar:Jon Cleary and his Monster Gentlemen took a performing hiatus for a few years, so it's great to see them playing together again.
Tuesday: Tin Men, Isidro, Zigtebra, 10 p.m., Saturn Bar: The ever eclectic sousaphone, washboard, guitar trio celebrate their third album, Avocado Woo Woo. Also on Tuesday: We the Kings, Breathe Carolina, T. Mills, The Ready Set, Keep it Cute, 5:30 p.m., House of Blues (tickets)
Thursday: Cayucas, Brazos, Eugene, 10 p.m., Circle Bar:Bigfoot has earned the Santa Monica-based indie band a lot of love for the consistent excellence of the songwriting. (tickets) Also on Thursday: Bounce Three Year Anniversary with Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, 10th Ward Buck and more, 11 p.m., The Republic (tickets)
“The party with a purpose” returns to New Orleans this holiday weekend as the Essence Music Festival celebrates its 19th year with headliners including Beyoncé, LL Cool J, Maxwell, , Charlie Wilson and Janelle Monáe.