Festival season is in full swing. This weekend Bayou Boogaloo returns to Mid-City and Bayou St. John with three days of music, food and art. There are some really great performers on the lineup and the setting is quite a bit more intimate than Jazz Fest. Make sure to catch the excellent Cole Williams on Friday and Sabotage – the funky tribute to the Beastie Boys – on Sunday. Check out my recommendations below:
Cole Williams Band | 5 p.m. | Dumaine Stage
The Suffers | 6:15 p.m. | Orleans Stage
Debauche | 6:45 p.m. | Dumaine Stage
Jamaican Me Breakfast Club | 12:15 p.m. | Orleans Stage
RAM from Haiti | 2:15 p.m. | Dumaine Stage
Roadside Glorious | 5:35 p.m. | Dumaine Stage
Morning 40 Federation | 6:45 p.m. | Lafitte Stage
Steve Riley | 12:00 p.m. | Orleans Stage
Raw Oyster Cult | 2:20 p.m. | Orleans Stage
Sabotage | 3:30 p.m. | Lafitte Stage
Amanda Shaw | 6:00 p.m. | Dumaine Stage
Tab Benoit | 7:00 p.m. | Orleans Stage
Thursday night Paul McCartney’s Freshen Up Tour stops at the Smoothie King Center. Macca hasn’t been through town since 2014 and returns with a whole new concert experience. I have had the pleasure of seeing Sir Paul several times and have never come away even remotely disappointed. He is a legend that continually delivers on the expectations that his tours create with a seamless blend of material from across his career. The sing alongs can get pretty epic. If you haven’t grabbed tickets to this one yet there are still a few seats left. You won’t want to miss it.
If you are looking to get out of town this weekend, Hangout Fest is back at the Gulf Shores public beaches in Alabama. Just a few hours away, the festival will host headlining performances from Travis Scott, Vampire Weekend, The 1975, Khalid, Cardi B, Hozier, GRiZ and more. As usual the festival has done a great job with the undercard as well with sets by Bishop Briggs, Superorganism, Pale Waves, Sofi Tukker, Jade Bird, Elohim and more. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best new artists on the scene all in one place.
Last week Lucy Dacus and Mothers play together at One Eyed Jacks. This was only Dacus’ second performance in New Orleans and her first headlining set. Despite a nearly full house the performance remained quite intimate with Dacus playing a mixture of songs from her first two records and including a couple of new tracks as well as her absolutely haunting rendition of “La Vie en rose.” During live performances, Dacus and her band keep a careful balance between the small quiet moments and big emotional crescendos. The crowds at Jacks are often hard to keep focused—especially late in the week—but this pace pulled the audience though a well considered series of sonic moments without letting their distraction drift too far. Dacus’ voice has an intensity live that is absolutely arresting and she uses it perfectly to punch home the emotional explorations at the heart of her songs. It was an amazing evening of music that seemed to pass in an instant.
Going On This Week
Tonight, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. play the Smoothie King Center. Sunday, The Outliers are at Gasa Gasa. Tuesday, George Benson plays the Fillmore. Thursday, Handmade Moments are at Gasa Gasa while CloZee is at Republic and Sir Paul McCartney plays the Smoothie King Center.
To Listen This Week
- Check out this great live recording of Thom Yorke’s “Gawpers” via Youtube
- FKA Twigs debuted a ton of new music live via CoS