There are plenty of good options for local live music during the first weekend in January.
Thursdays, 8pm and 10pm, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
Indian Blue is exactly what the name suggests. A composition of Mardi Gras Indian chants and rhythms with blues-based accompaniment. Members of this trio include Black His Chief His Monk Boudreau, a highly respected elder of his Masking Indian traditions, as the longtime administrator of the Golden Eagles tribe. He was also co-leader of the trailblazing Wild his Magnolias band, along with the late Baudris Sr. Joining Indian Blue Boudreau are two veterans of the local blues scene. Johnny Sansone is a singer, songwriter, harmonica and accordionist, and has released several acclaimed albums as a bandleader. Over the past 30 years, guitarist John Faure has released two of his solo albums while continuing to collaborate with the likes of Dr. John, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Shemekia His Copeland, Charlie His Musselwhite. . Boudreaux, Fohl and Sansone perform his two shows as Indian Blue on Thursdays at 8pm and 10pm at Snug Harbor. Tickets are $20.
Saturday, 8pm, Maple Leaf Bar
Through contemporary Cajun bands Lost Bayou Ramblers and the more experimental Michaud’s Melody Makers, Louis Michaud 30 years of pushing Louisiana French music into the future. During that time, most of his creative output was within the band’s context. But during the pandemic, Michot began working on his solo album, due later this year, at his home studio in the Prairie Des Femmes, where he played guitar, fiddle, sampler and even his vintage Alan Lomax. His Field used fragments from his recordings to create new songs. From this Saturday through every Saturday in his January, Michot will be playing his solo early set at the Maple Leaf Bar with various collaborators who have contributed to his projects.This weekend he will begin a residency with an ensemble called Bard’s DreamShowtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day.
Walter ‘The Wolfman’ Washington Tribute
Sunday at 6pm, Tipitina’s
guitarist and singer Walter “Wolfman” Washington A New Orleans nightlife staple for over 60 years, he was one of the scene’s most colorful characters. He and his hermetic band, the Roadmasters, have played a blend of blues, funk, R&B and soul with jazzy overtones on countless late-night clubs and festival stages around the world. Washington died of cancer on December 22 at the age of 79.
On Sunday, Tipitina’s will hold a tribute concert to help fund Washington’s funeral and medical expenses. The show road masters backing guitarist Leo Nocentelli meter keyboardist John Cleary blues bass guitarist Mom ShannonOther scheduled performers are Galactic, Ivan Neville, Little Freddie King, Johnny Sansone Band, Ricci Krown Trio, John “Papa” Gros and the Timmen.
Doors open at 5pm on Sundays. Show time is 6pm. Tickets are $25.
Karl Denson’s Little Universe
Wednesday and January 12th, Chickie Wah Wah
When a coalition of music industry veterans purchased, refurbished and reopened Chickie Wah Wah in late 2022, one of their stated goals was to use their extensive network of contacts to perform in what is typically a much larger room. was to book a special show by an artist who Case in point: his two-night residency by his band Karldenson’s Tiny Universe, a jazz-flavoured jam. Denson not only leads Tiny’s Universe, but also serves as the Rolling Stones’ saxophonist on their most recent tour. Denson and the rest of the Tiny Universe spent his week in New Orleans, “one of his favorite cities in the world,” recording music and celebrating his upcoming 25th anniversary. We will be rehearsing for the tour. That tour begins with his two nights at his Chickie Wah Wah, a room that barely holds 200 patrons. Show time is 9pm and tickets are $45 in advance and $55 on the day of the show. DJ Jubilee We also play late night sets.
Other Notable Shows
of 101 runner Mardi Gras The Indian funk band will celebrate Twelfth Night with a 10pm show on Fridays at the Maple Leaf Bar. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day.
Cajun, Pop, Country Singer, Fiddler Amanda Shaw Celebrate Twelfth Night at Tipitina on Friday at 7pm, Choppa — she recorded a remake of “Louisiana Saturday Night” together — and a trombonist “Big Sam” WilliamsTickets are $18.
pianist and composer Courtney BryanA professor of music at Newcombe College of Tulane University’s School of the Liberal Arts and creative partner of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, she will be performing two shows at Snug Harbor on Friday with her trio and special guests. Tickets are $30.
Following the Louis Michaud show on Saturday at 8pm at the Maple Leaf Bar, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes The annual ‘Queens’ Balls’ headline starts at 10pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day, and costumes are recommended.
Host of Tipitina Dave Bartholomew Cultural Experience Saturday at 8pm. Produced by Don, son of legendary New Orleans songwriter, producer and bandleader Kermit Ruffins, Deacon John, James Andrews, Glenn David Andrews, Russell Baptiste, Al “Lil Fats” Jackson, Wendell Brunias and more than a dozen. Tickets are $35.
longtime iguana saxophonist Joe Cabral’s Thri-O A project featuring an iguana drummer Doug Garrison And astral project bassist James Singletonaugmented by a baritone saxophonist from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Roger Lewis at Snug Harbor on Sunday. Tickets are $20.