In the latest step toward New Orleans nightlife normalcy, both Tipitina’s and the Howlin’ Wolf are hosting standing-room-only, general admission shows this weekend. Highlights of the week of June 10-16, 2021:
THURSDAY, June 10
Preservation Hall reopens for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, with shows at 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The venue plans to be open Thursdays through Sundays. Only credit cards can be used to buy tickets; reservations can be made at preservationhall.com.
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers are at Magnolia Mansion, 2127 Prytania St.
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band power the dancers for Zydeco Night at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
Trombonist Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet play outdoors at Vaughan’s Lounge.
FRIDAY, June 11
For the first time since reopening in March, Tipitina’s will host a single show on a Friday night instead of two, and it will be general admission, standing-room-only, not reserved seating. The featured act is Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and his band. Show time is 9 p.m.; tickets are $25 plus service charges. Going forward, Tipitina’s will present a mix of “lounge seating” and standing-room-only shows.
Similarly, the Howlin’ Wolf has dropped the early, 8 p.m. show from its Friday night schedule and will instead present the Rebirth Brass Band at 10 p.m. only. Audience members are no longer required to stay seated, and single tickets, instead of multiseat pods, are available, for $30 each.
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, which reopened last weekend to limited-capacity, in-person audiences, presents trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and his quintet for two shows, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The early show is sold out.
d.b.a. at Palace Market, the outdoor venue across Frenchmen St. from the indoor d.b.a., presents long-running New Orleans modern jazz ensemble Astral Project at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Hip-hop/brass band synthesis the Soul Rebels continues a monthly residency at the outdoor Broadside. Show time is 8 p.m.; tickets are $25.
Sweet Crude, the forward-thinking south Louisiana ensemble that alternates English and French lyrics, performs one of its first in-person hometown shows since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown at Zony Mash Beer Project, the brewery/beer garden on Thalia Street. Show time is 8 p.m.; tickets are $20.
Funk Monkey hits Faubourg Brewery at 5:30 p.m.
Junior Lacrosse does swamp pop at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
SATURDAY, June 12
Clarinetist Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band do two sets of traditional jazz at Snug Harbor, starting at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The early show is sold out.
d.b.a. at Palace Market hosts contemporary Cajun band the Pine Leaf Boys outside at 8 p.m.; tickets are $15.
Tipitina’s has two sold-out, lounge-seating shows with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The day-long music line-up at Faubourg Brewery includes the swing bands the Rhythm Stompers and the Jazz Vipers, with free dance lessons in between.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s six-week concert series “Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music” continues at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center on North Rampart Street. This week’s featured act is vocalist Cyrille Aimee, a French-born jazz vocalist who relocated to New Orleans after a long stretch in New York. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP via a link at jazzandheritage.org. Performances start at 7 p.m. in an outdoor area at the Jazz and Heritage Center.
Described as a “living link to roots of country music with a penchant for the absurd,” Arkansas native Nick Shoulders sings and whistles at the Broadside, joined by Sabine McCalla and Chris Acker.
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. brings his omnipresent cowboy hat and rubboard to Rock ‘N’ Bowl for a set of high-octane zyde-pop.
The Howlin’ Wolf presents the Crooked Vines with Evan Hall and Kevin O’Day featuring Lyndsey Smith, Ainsley Matich, Kennedy Kuntz and Evan Thibodeaux; tickets are $10.
SUNDAY, June 13
Vocalist John Boutte, a d.b.a. mainstay before the pandemic, visits the outdoor d.b.a. at Palace Market for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $25.
Nickel-A-Dance, the long-running traditional jazz series, continues at the Maison on Frenchmen Street from 4 to 7 p.m. with the swing band Joe Goldberg & the Function. Admission is free and the show is open to all ages. Organizers ask that only those vaccinated against COVID-19 engage in dancing.
At the opposite end of the jazz spectrum, University of California, San Diego professor of music Mark Dresser, a prolific avant-jazz recording artist whose specialty is the contrabass, makes his New Orleans debut at the Broadside. He’ll play a solo set, followed by a duo set featuring local trombonist “Big” Sam Williams and drummer Herlin Riley. Dresser, Williams and Riley will then conclude the night with a mostly improvised set as a trio. Show time is 7 p.m.; tickets are $15.
The Grammy-nominated Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours do a late-afternoon set at Rock ‘N’ Bowl starting at 4:30 p.m.
Guitarist John Fohl kicks off the music at Faubourg Brewery at 11:30 a.m., followed by Kings of the Small Time, the Quickening and the Andrew Duhon Trio.
The Hot 8 Brass Band logs its weekly Sunday night show at the Howlin’ Wolf. But now audience members don’t need to remain seated and can purchase individual tickets, for $25.
TUESDAY, June 15
The Rebirth Brass Band fires up at Zony Mash Beer Project.
WEDNESDAY, June 16
Byron Asher fronts his Skrontch Music project, a 10-piece large ensemble focused on contemporary composition and collective improvisation, through a program of blues-inspired music at the Broadside.
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