Lil Wayne, Lizzo and More
This week in music
Lil WeezyAna Fest Saturday
Tomorrow Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Fest returns for its fifth installment. This year the festival is moving from its original home at Champions Square to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena. This shift will allow for larger stages and much more space. In addition to the man himself, this year the festival will also feature Travis Scott and Meek Mill as well as Trey Songz, Kash Doll, Megan Thee Stallion and more. Travis Scott laid down an absolutely amazing heading set at Voodoo last year you can check it out below.
Lizzo at The Fillmore Saturday and Sunday
This Saturday and Sunday the incomparable Lizzo holds down the Fillmore for two nights. She is celebrating the success of her latest record Cuz I Love You – the single “Truth Hurts” just hit number one on the Billboard charts this week. Lizzo has been on a tear this year and if you get the chance you’ll want to see one of these shows.
Empath Rock Gasa Gasa
Last week, Philly based experimental noise rock ensemble, Empath came to Gasa Gasa. What impresses me about this group is extremely proficient intensity of their sound. They have an intentional disregard for traditional song that begins with the deconstruction of what we recognize as pop. This combination of the expected and novel surges out at the audience through a tightly knit series of transitions that keeps the flow of the performance going. Keep an eye on this group, we’ll be hearing a lot more from them.
Around Town This Week
Tonight, Chris Young is at Champions Square while Gravity A celebrates 15 years at Gasa Gasa, Daniel Caesar at the Fillmore or Egyptian Lover at Southport Hall. Also tonight, you can catch a great night of music at Chickie Wah Wah: Astral Project is the early set and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is the late set. The Free Friday show at Tipitina’s is John “Papa” Gros. Saturday is Galactic’s Back to School Night at Tipitina’s (discounted tickets with your student ID). Also Saturday, head to Lil Weezyana Fest at the Lakefront Arena. Also Saturday you can catch Radiators’ offshoot Raw Oyster Cult at Chickie Wah Wah. Saturday and Sunday Lizzo plays a two night stand at the Fillmore. Sunday night, Jason Marsalis is at Snug Harbor for two sets with his B.G.Q. Exploration project – this is his exploration of the Benny Goodman Quartet’s catalog. Monday, the TBC Brass Band is at d.b.a. and Aurora Zealand and the Royal Roses are at The Maison. Also Monday, there are two excellent shows as part of the Instant Opus series at The SideBar – the early set is Amina Scott, Jalen Baker and Zach MaMa and the late set consists of David Bandrowski, Luke Palmer and Dylan James. Tuesday, Jason Marsalis’ Drum-Jungle is at the SideBar while the Stanton Moore Trio does two shows at Snug Harbor. Wednesday, Band of Skulls is at Tipitina’s. Also Wednesday, you can catch Juniper Douglas at Gasa Gasa with Acid Carousel and Primpce. Thursday, Flying Lotus is at the Joy while Benjamin Francis Leftwich is at Gasa Gasa and Boogarins is at One Eyed Jacks.
To Listen This Week
- Watch The Cure’s full Pasadena Daydream set from last weekend via Youtube
- EarthGang – the outstanding new hip-hop duo from Atlanta (and standout of BUKU this year) – released track “Ready To Die” via Youtube
- Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced a new record due in October and shared single “Colorado” via Youtube