Thursday and Friday
Music is the lifeblood of any celebration, particularly a New Orleans event, and Carnival is no exception. For “Carnaval,” Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra present a festival of music with ties to this celebration. The symphony will include works by Berlioz, Verdi, Respighi and Chabrier and will feature trumpeter Vance Woolfe as the soloist. Plus, there are two chances to hear this unique and decidedly Crescent City experience. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans; also Friday, First Baptist Church, 16333 La. 1085, Covington. $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.com.
His unique brand of humor, plus family ties to one of the funniest group of relatives since the Ricardos, will be the side-splitting reason for Marlon Wayans to take to the stage. Part of the hugely talented Wayans family, Marlon has made a name for himself in movies such as “White Chicks” “Scary Movie” and the upcoming “50 Shades of Black.” $35 and up. 8 p.m. Friday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans.(504) 274-4871. orpheumnola.com.
‘a tribute to danny and blue lu barker’
Recording artists Maria Muldaur brings her dulcet vocals to this tribute concert that also serves as a benefit for the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival. Other performers scheduled for this rescheduled event include an all-star New Orleans band with Herman LeBeaux on drums, Roland Guerin on bass, Mike Esneault at the piano and Chris Atkins on guitar. Also, special guests Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony and Detroit Brooks are slated. 8 p.m., Palm Court Jazz Cafe, 1204 Decatur St., New Orleans. (504) 525-0200. palmcourtjazzcafe.com.
krewe du vieux and krewedelusion
The Marigny, French Quarter and downtown New Orleans will get a big shot of Carnival capers when Krewe du Vieux and the krewedelusion take to the streets for fun and frivolity. Always satirical and sometimes risque, the walking ensembles will wind their way through the streets, ending at post-parade celebrations. Big Freedia reigns over du Vieux, with the end at The Civic, 510 O’Keefe Ave. at 9 p.m. Ball tickets $40. kreweduvieux.org. Mr. Mardi Gras Blaine Kern Sr. reigns over delusion as King Bragadocious and Captain of New Orleans. The parade ends at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., for the Bedlam Ball, featuring Tank and Bangas. Ball tickets $10 and up. thebedlamball.eventbrite.com.
little river band
From the ’70s and ’80s come the sounds of Little River Band, a chart-topping group, with Top 10 hits in six consecutive years, the first band to achieve that honor. The group will play some of its greatest hits. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. $43 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.