Gleason Gras, Calexico and Events This Week


Gleason Gras Saturday at Champions Square

Tomorrow is the 9th annual Gleason Gras Fun Run and Festival. If you’re a Saints fan (seems likely) and love local food and good music (also fairly likely) you’ll want to head out to Champions Square tomorrow for Gleason Gras.  Things kick off with a 2K fun run around the Superdome and Arena Concourse and then settle into the Square for performances by Dumpstaphunk, The Hot 8 Brass Band, and DJ Jubilee.  All of the proceeds go to support Team Gleason.  It’s a great time and a great cause.


Calexico with Iron and Wine Tonight at the House of Blues

The first time I saw Calexico was their 2002 performance at the House of Blues Parish room.  This was right before the release of their 2003 breakthrough record – Feast of Wire – but they already sounded like a fully realized band with a sound much bigger than their reputation at the time.  From this moment Calexico settled in as one of the most consistently excellent ensembles on the scene.  They always seem to be doing something interesting worth lending an ear to.  Among their most interesting collaborations is their work with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine fame.  Together these two entities challenge each other to reach new heights of songwriting and performance.  They have recently followed up their 2005 collaboration with this year’s full length release – Years to Burn – which will surely be on many best-of lists for the year.  Take the opportunity to drop in on this performance tonight.  It’s a rare chance to see this remarkable collaboration in action.  Check out their Tiny Desk Concert below.


Women Performing For Women Tonight at Cafe Istanbul

Tonight is the 9th annual Women Performing for Women Celebration for the women and children’s sanctuary – Hagar’s House.  Over the course of the evening you can catch performances by Assata Renay, Mid City Soul, The Pussyfooters, Drag Queen Debbie with a D, Arsene DeLay and more.  This event includes a buffet of local delicacies, a silent auction and free childcare for those who need it.  Glitter is encouraged so pull out your sparkles and head out to support this great cause.


Whitney and Hand Habits at Tipitina’s

Last week, Whitney teamed up with Hand Habits for a great night of music at Tipitina’s.  Despite the crowd being a bit restless during Hand Habits it was clear that their new songs echo with a haunting beauty live.  Whitney hit the stage a bit later with a confidence born of having two successful records under their belt.  Julien Ehrlich has really come into his own as a bandleader.  It’s clear they are having a great time and that sentiment is reflected in the music.  Taken together it was a great last airy taste of summer before heading into the fall season.


Also Going on This Week

Tonight and tomorrow, Kacey Musgraves does a two0-night stand at The Fillmore.  Also tonight, you can catch Songhoy Blues at One Eyed Jacks or Kishi Bashi at Republic.  Tomorrow, Hiss Golden Messenger is at Tipitina’s while the excellent alt country sensation Orville Peck stops at Gasa Gasa.  Sunday, Sheer Mag is at Santos Bar while Toto plays the Orpheum.  Monday, George Porter Jr. is at the Maple Leaf while Matt Lemmler, Matt Rhody and Dave Cappello take the late show at the SideBar.  Tuesday, Rick Ross is at The Fillmore while John Medeski plays Republic.  Wednesday, another great rising alt country star Colter Wall plays Gasa Gasa.  Thursday, Dylan Leblanc is at One Eyed Jacks with The Suffers while the Bit Brigade performs Contra and Metroid at Gasa Gasa.


To Listen This Week



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