Thursday through Sunday

New Orleans Burlesque Festival

This sixth annual salute to the art of the tease is busting out all over with events in and around the French Quarter, including the opening shows, workshops, a “Queen of Burlesque” competition and a Queen’s ball. The opening event is “It’s Burlesque.” 9 p.m. Sept. 18. The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. $22 general admission or $27 for reserved seating at this event. (504) 975-7425.


“Thursdays at Twilight” featuring John Autin

Hear some of New Orleans’ favorite performers at “Thursdays at Twilight” concert series. Refreshments available for purchase. Pianist, vocalist and songwriter John Autin is one of New Orleans’ musical treasures. Gates open at 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at City Park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park Ave., New Orleans. $10 for adults, $3 children 5-12. (504) 483-9488.


Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker is riding high with the release of his sophomore country album, “Charleston, SC 1966.” The True Believers Tour featuring Chase Rice and Sam Hunt comes to New Orleans. 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans. Tickets start at $25. (504) 587-3663.

Masquerade: Running with the Bulls opera fundraiser

In honor of the season-opening opera “Carmen,” the Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association’s annual Masquerade fundraiser takes on a Spanish theme at the costume or cocktail-attire event. Spain inspires the entertainment, food, libations and a fashion show. 8 p.m. Sept. 19. The Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., New Orleans. $75 in advance; $80 at the door. (504) 267-9527.


Abita Springs Opry

The Last Chance Bluegrass Band, The Bad Pennies Pleasure Makers, The Rambling Letters and Gerald Craddock and his band kick off the opry’s fall series of concerts preserving and presenting Louisiana “roots” music. Music is primarily acoustic, in its original form. 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs. (985) 892-0711.

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers

The six-time Grammy winner is joined by special guests from his August album “Ske-Dat-De-Dat…Spirit of Satch,” including Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Khali Allen Lee and Donald Ramsey. 9 p.m. Sept. 20. Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 528-9569.

“Game Time” with Shaquille O’Neal

“Game Time,” featuring an appearance by former LSU Tiger and NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, is a larger-than-life celebration and will include music by two-time world DJ champion, DJ Deception. 9 p.m. Sept. 20. Masquerade Club at Harrah’s New Orleans, 228 Poydras St. (504) 533-6000.