Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
(504) 310-4999, HouseOfBlues.com/NewOrleans
The people who bring you the annual Beatles Festival at the House of Blues return to celebrate two of the great pop piano players of the ’70s and ’80s. If this show holds true to form, the core musicians will come from the city’s premiere cover bands, and the versions will be faithful and sing-along-friendly, with a minimum of interpretation.
Hudson Taylor and Gabrielle Aplin
Gasa Gasa, 4920 Freret St.
Hudson Taylor and Gabrielle Aplin are emerging pop/folk artists from the UK. Aplin had a hit in England with her plaintive cover of “The Power of Love,” originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Her debut EP “English Rain” topped the charts in England in 2013, but wasn’t released in the US until earlier this year. Irish brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor’s plaintive voices got their debut EP, “Battles,” to the top of iTunes’ Irish charts. They’re touring in advance of their new album, “Singing for Strangers.”
Better Than Ezra
Harrah’s Casino, 228 Poydras St.
(504) 533-6000, HarrahsNew Orleans.com
Better Than Ezra has always been a people’s champion, getting more love from fans than respect from critics for most of the band’s career. Its more recent album, “All Together Now,” found the band nodding to new wave textures that are currently in vogue with production touches that keep requesting your attention, but they’re used in songs that are broadly identifiable—Better Than Ezra’s specialty.