The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a contemporary country hitmaker, a renowned modern jazz trumpeter, and a rock/rap all-star band.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Champions Square, $41 and up
Prior to Oct. 1, Jason Aldean was known primarily for a decade’s worth of No. 1 country singles, many of them beefed up with rock guitars and drums. His chart-toppers include “Fly Over States,” “Lights Come On,” “She’s Country,” “Tonight Looks Good on You” and “Take a Little Ride,” co-written by New Orleans songwriter Jim McCormick. On Oct. 1, Aldean was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, singing “When She Says Baby,” when a gunman fired on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Six days later, Aldean opened “Saturday Night Live” by acknowledging the tragedy and singing Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” a dual-purpose tribute for the shooting survivors and Petty, who had passed away that week. After a brief break, Aldean resumed his They Don’t Know Tour. It arrives at Champions Square in downtown New Orleans on Thursday, with Chris Young and Kane Brown also on the bill.
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with Sheila E
7:30 Thursday, New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.), $25-$75
After a yearlong layoff, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is ready to reintroduce itself under the auspices of a new leadership team. The jazz big band has not performed publicly since its founder and artistic director, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, resigned in July 2016. The NOJO board eventually appointed Adonis Rose, the band’s longtime drummer, as the new artistic director, and staff member Sarah Bell as the new president and CEO. Together, they have put the band back together for a new concert season at the New Orleans Jazz Market, the orchestra’s sleek concert hall/community center in Central City. On Thursday, the 18-piece orchestra — the ranks still include pianist Victor Atkins, saxophonists Ed “Sweetbread” Petersen and Ricardo Pascal, trumpeters Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown and Ashlin Parker, and trombonist Michael Watson — will be joined by percussionist Sheila E, best known for the single “Glamorous Life” and her long association with Prince.
Prophets of Rage
10:30 p.m. Thursday, Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave.), $45
In the early years of revolutionary hard rock/rap band Rage Against the Machine, its members took inspiration from the likes of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. So when Rage guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk launched a new project, they approached Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord and Cypress Hill’s B-Real to join them. Initially, they performed material from their other bands’ respective catalogs. In September, they released their self-titled debut album as Prophets of Rage. The video for the first single, “Unf--- the World,” was directed by Michael Moore. The subsequent single, “Living on the 110,” which not surprisingly sounds an awful lot like Rage Against the Machine, is about homelessness in Los Angeles. Before performing at the Voodoo Experience in City Park on Friday, Prophets of Rage headlines an official “Deja Voodoo” show at Tipitina’s on Thursday. Expect it to be loud.
11 p.m. Friday, The Maison (504 Frenchmen St.), $45 and up.
In the 1990s, Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan “Baby” Williams recruited Mannie Fresh to be the label’s in-house producer. Fresh produced a slew of multi-million-sellers by the likes of the Hot Boys, Juvenile, Lil Wayne and B.G. But Fresh and Williams also launched a million-selling act of their own, a braggadocio duo called the Big Tymers. The second Big Tymers album, “I Got That Work,” sold a million copies and yielded the singles “Get Your Roll On” and “Number One Stunna.” In 2002, the duo’s “Hood Rich” entered Billboard’s mainstream album chart at No. 1, thanks in part to the hit “Still Fly.” Fresh eventually cut ties with Cash Money, which effectively ended the Big Tymers. But they occasionally reunite. On Friday, the Big Tymers headline the eighth annual Baller’s Ball at The Maison on Frenchmen Street. The reunion coincides with the 20th anniversary of “How You Luv That,” the duo’s debut album.
Other noteworthy shows
See Ghostland Observatory at the House of Blues.
Keller Williams brings his “Grateful Grass” project — Grateful Dead songs reinvented as “psychedelic improvisational bluegrass music” — to the Joy Theater. Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives open the show.
Geno Delafose is featured for Zydeco Night at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
Will Kimbrough, Alex McMurray and Sam Doores team up at Chickie Wah Wah.
The Struts are featured for a “Deja Voodoo” show at the House of Blues.
Galactic funks up Tipitina’s.
The Honey Island Swamp Band plugs in at the Maple Leaf.
Drummer Herlin Riley and keyboardist David Torkanowsky lead a New Orleans all-star band at Snug Harbor (the previously scheduled Terence Blanchard has canceled).
Experience Here Come the Mummies, a funk band comprised of incognito Nashville musicians, at Tipitina’s.
Snug Harbor hosts a special Halloween party with Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters. They’ll play one long set that starts at 10 p.m. and goes past midnight. Cover charge is $10; the movable wall separating the music room from the bar will be removed for the show.
Scary local hard rock bands Eyehategod and Crowbar share a bill at the Joy Theater.
The Toadies and Local H are featured for a throwback modern rock show at Tipitina’s.