In between the family festivities and holiday spirit, winter may feel a little boring and/or maddening. You've got to repeatedly explain to your grandma who starred in what movie. The family liberal brings up politics to the token conservative. You take a walk outside and start sweating because cold temperatures don't exist in Louisiana. 

It can be a little much. 

However, if you love live music and want to see a good concert, there are plenty of opportunities in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. 

What follows is a list of more than 30 shows you should check out from this weekend through February. And if someone moans about how there isn't something to do, direct them to this list, because south Louisiana is surely rocking this season. 


Warfair 22 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Mid City Ballroom, 136 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge fuzz freaks Loudness War headlines the second Warfair festival. The all-day event also features Hartle Road, Alex Abel, Rad Wagon, Catbamboo, Gools and Casual Burn. Expect carnival games, live painting and vendors to fill out the fun. $10 at brownpapertickets.com. $15 at the door. facebook.com/loudnesswarband.

End of Finals Freakout!: 4 p.m. Sunday. 524 Studios, 524 N. Foster St., Baton Rouge. This showcase features The Painted Hands, HiGH, _thesmoothcat & The Ninth Life, Hydra Plane, Wimpsville, and The Noctural Broadcast. While jamming, you can feast on food from Brickyard Edibles, shop at Madison Buratt's clothing pop-up, and enjoy art from Jeffrey Livingston. BYOB. $10, $7 with valid student ID. 

The Wood Brothers: 7 p.m. Monday. Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. Also at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. The folk group, which features Chris Wood, of Medeski Martin & Wood, visits south Louisiana in support of its upcoming studio album, "One Drop of Truth." $17 in advance at ticketweb.com, $20 at the door for Baton Rouge show; $24-$38 for nonmembers and $22-$36 for members for the Lafayette show. varsitytheatre.com, acadianacenterforthearts.org

Joe & Tank: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Raising Cane's River Center Arena, 275 S. River Road. R&B hitmakers join forces to take over the Capital City in mid-December. Fingers crossed that the Grammy-nominated Joe sings "I Wanna Know." Singer Demetria McKinney is the opener. $65-$85. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

A Night of R&B and Comedy with Lyfe Jennings: Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Heymann Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. Jennings, an R&B singer and multi-instrumentalist you might have heard on songs by Anthony Hamilton and Ludacris, brings his brand of soul to Cajun country. Comedian Kevin Simpson opens the show. $27-$107. heymanncenter.com

Of Montreal: Doors at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. The experimental/alternative rock band fronted by Kevin Barnes returns to the Spanish Moon. Christina Schneider's Genius Grant opens. $17 at ticketweb.com. thespanishmoon.com

Ronnie Milsap: Doors at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Event Center, 777 L'Auberge Ave., Baton Rouge. One of country music's more popular performers in the 1970s and ’80s, Milsap is a Country Music Hall of Famer known for songs such as "Any Day Now," "Smoky Mountain Rain," and "Stranger in My House." $35 and up. Reserved seating. lbatonrouge.com

Sonny Landreth: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. The newly-Grammy nominated Lafayette slide guitarist visits the Capital City with special guest Steve Conn. Expect an intimate and soulful show. $39.95-$59.95 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org, reddragonlr.com

Kane Brown: Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. The new country superstar (known for hits such as "What Ifs" and "Ain't No Stopping Us Now") performs right outside Baton Rouge at this sold-out show. Walker McGuire opens. lamardixonexpocenter.com

MacKenzie Bourg: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. A No. 1 chart-topper and Lafayette showstopper, Bourg returns home for a special holiday performance. $23-$35. acadianacenterforthearts.org

Sarcotics/Durwood: 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22. Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E. Convent St., Lafayette. Check out some rowdy Americana and rock 'n' roll from two of the tightest groups in Lafayette. bluemoonpresents.com

Captain Green/Rag-a-Muffin Marching Band Orchestra: Doors at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. Funk/fusion group Captain Green gets intergalactic for its fifth annual Christmas carnival show. $10 at the door. thespanishmoon.com

Meriwether: Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. The local hard-rockers reunite (again) for a holiday show. $15 at ticketweb.com, $20 after doors open. varsitytheatre.com

Home for the Holidays: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27. Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. The eighth annual showcase features songwriters CJ Solar, Rhett Anthony Glindmeyer, David Borné, Nicole Johnson, Kylie Frey and Lainey Wilson. $25 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org

Eve of the Eve Party: Doors at 9 p.m. Show at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. Dat Dog, 201 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Sickbay presents an evening of heavy metal and rock from Forming the Void, Loudness War and Vokea. $10. facebook.com/sickbay.party

The Black Jacket Symphony presents Tom Petty's "Damn the Torpedoes": 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. Raising Cane's River Center Theatre, 275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. Touring musicians tackle Tom Petty's classic album song-for-song, then perform a few more greatest hits. $25-$35. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. Raising Cane's River Center Theatre, 275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. Postponed from September, the critically acclaimed Isbell finally returns to Baton Rouge for this show with special guest James McMurty. With a string of albums (including last year's impressive "The Nashville Sound") under his belt, Isbell's star keeps rising, and this will be one show you can't miss in January. $39.50-$49.50. Originally purchased tickets will be honored for this show. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

Todd Snider: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Snider has penned tunes for acts such as Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green and Cross Canadian Ragweed. He'll perform an intimate set with special guests Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz. $39.95-$69.95 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org, reddragonlr.com

Nashville to the Rescue for Nick Tullier: Tuesday, Jan. 9. Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave., Baton Rouge. A fundraiser and musical event organized by Scott Innes and featuring performances from Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres, West Baton Rouge deputy Clifton Brown, Tanya Tucker, Andy Griggs, Collin Raye and Restless Hearts' Larry Stewart. Limited tickets and tables available. $250, includes dinner, drinks and the show. (225) 456-3082, or email scottsradiostuff@hotmail.com

Jerry Seinfeld: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. Heymann Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. What's the deal with comedy? Jerry Seinfeld, one of the most popular voices in comedy um ... ever, will keep you in stitches with his observational humor. If you're unfamiliar with his work, he has a show called "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and some other stuff. Nothing too important. $71-$162. heymanncenter.com

John Hiatt & The Goners: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, and Friday, Jan. 12. Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. The American rocker and his original band celebrate 30 years together. Sonny Landreth opens. $64-$84 for members, $66-$86 for nonmembers. acadianacenterforthearts.org

Particle Devotion: Doors at 8:30 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Mid City Ballroom, 136 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge. The local alternative rock band celebrates the release of its sophomore album, "Millennial Trash," with help from Baby in the ’90s, Food Group and Chase Weinacht. $7 in advance at brownpapertickets.com. $10 at the door. facebook.com/particledevotion

Big Freedia: Doors at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Spanish Moon, 1009 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. An evening of bounce music with the Crescent City queen. Delish da Goddess opens. $20 at ticketweb.com. thespanishmoon.com

The Wailers: Doors at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. The reggae band, formed by Familyman Barrett and featuring the remaining members of Bob Marley's band, visits the Varsity. Common Kings open. $22.50 at ticketweb.com, $25 the day of the show. varsitytheatre.com

Arturo Sandoval: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Also performing Thursday, Jan. 18 at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 V. Vermilion St., Lafayette. The Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter performs in the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's River City Jazz Masters series. The following day, he'll visit downtown Lafayette. $25-$45. manshiptheatre.org, artsbr.org, acadianacenterforthearts.org.  

The Mavericks: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20. Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. The eclectic American band visits for two shows with Cajun band Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars opening. $54-$74 for members, $56-$76 for nonmembers. acadianacenterforthearts.org

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Doors at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Event Center, 777 L'Auberge Ave., Baton Rouge. The New Orleans trombonist takes a trip down Interstate 10 for this special concert. $35. lbatonrouge.com

Jonny Lang: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. The blues guitarist (known for big hits like "Lie to Me") brings his signature style to Lafayette, in support of his 2017 album "Signs." $33-$53 for members, $35-$55 for nonmembers. acadianacenterforthearts.org

Travis Tritt: Doors at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Event Center, 777 L'Auberge Ave., Baton Rouge. The chart-topping country singer behind hits such as "Here's a Quarter" returns to the Capital City for a solo acoustic show. $40. Reserved seating. lbatonrouge.com

Lucinda Williams: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29. Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. The critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter brings her super-personal songbook for this one-off performance. $68-$88 for members, $70-$90 for nonmembers. acadianacenterforthearts.org

An Evening with They Might Be Giants: Doors at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31. Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. The quirky alternative rockers who had a minor hit all the way back in 1991 are back on the road, touring behind the forthcoming album, "I Like Fun." $25 at ticketweb.com, $30 the day of the show. varsitytheatre.com

Gin Blossoms: Doors at 6 p.m. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. Gin Blossoms celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hit album, "New Miserable Experience," and will perform the record in its entirety (even "Hey Jealousy") at this show. Sofa Kings and Burnhouse open. $25 at ticketweb.com, $30 the day of the show. VIP tickets for $95 are also available. varsitytheatre.com

An Evening with Shovels and Rope: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. An electrifying South Carolina husband-and-wife duo, Shovels and Rope mix roots and folk music with a rock 'n' roll feel. $28-$40 for members, $30-$42 for nonmembers. acadianacenterforthearts.org

Tim Allen: Doors at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Event Center, 777 L'Auberge Ave., Baton Rouge. The "Home Improvement" comedian (aka Buzz Light-year to the kids) grunts his way to the Capital City for a sold-out show. Reserved seating. lbatonrouge.com

Alejandro Escovedo: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Escovedo is one of the finest rock 'n' roll songwriters of his time, and his work continues to be discovered. A critic's favorite (obviously), Escovedo will perform an intimate set. The Malvinas open. $39.95-$59.95 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org, reddragonlr.com

Tedeschi Trucks Band: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Heymann Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. Led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the Grammy-winning roots, blues and soul group has a knack for putting a smile on the face of all music lovers. $35-$70. heymanncenter.com, acadianacenterforthearts.org

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