Friday

2014 Battle of the Bands and Greek Show

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

1500 Sugar Bowl Drive

6 p.m.

(504) 587-3663

Superdome.com

On the eve of the Bayou Classic, Southern and Grambling State’s fraternities and sororities compete in a dance competition, capped by a battle of the bands. The bands march in and perform seated, but they still put on an impressive show.

Monday

Melissa Etheridge

On “This is M.E.,” Melissa Etheridge returns with a hint of hip-hop in the production. Her voice remains passion distilled though, and that’s particularly true in concert, where her shows include songs from the whole of her career.

Saenger Theatre

1111 Canal St.

7:30 p.m.

(504) 525-1052

SaengerNola.com

Wednesday

Common

Grammy-winning rapper Common’s songs hearken back to early ’70s, socially conscious R&B. He’s not too removed from his native Chicago to be unaffected by its violence, and he’s close enough to know the whole story and empathize with all who deserve it.

The Howlin’ Wolf

907 S Peters St.

10 p.m.

(504) 529-5844

TheHowlinWolf.com