The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a country legend, a contemporary country star, a Hasidic reggae singer and a multi-talented jazz drummer/vocalist.
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
8 p.m. Thursday, House of Blues, $85
Buddy Cannon, Willie Nelson's co-writer and producer of the past decade, has said, "Willie's a jazz singer and jazz player. He's an improvisational musician. It's different every time. Get a good take and go with it." That approach resulted in the 11 new songs on Nelson's forthcoming album, "Last Man Standing," due April 27 from Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony. Song titles include "Don't Tell Noah," "Heaven Is Closed," "Something You Get Through," "I'll Try to Do Better Next Time" and "Very Far to Crawl." Two days after the album's release, Nelson turns 85. But like B.B. King and Tony Bennett, Nelson seems determined to stave off retirement until mortality comes calling. He'll park his tour bus home-away-from-home outside the House of Blues on Thursday. Kenton Bryant opens the show.
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Snug Harbor, $25
Jamison Ross, a Jacksonville, Florida, native now based in New Orleans, announced himself to the greater jazz world by winning the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition as a drummer. But he's as much a singer as he is a drummer, as his two solo albums for Concord Jazz have made clear. On his new "All For One," the 29-year-old applies his soulful tenor to an intermingling of jazz, blues, New Orleans R&B and the church music on which he grew up. He covers funk-soul keyboardist Willie Tee's "All for One," "A Mellow Good Time," which Allen Toussaint wrote for Lee Dorsey, Mose Allison's "Everybody's Cryin' Mercy" and "Don't Go to Strangers," a song often associated with Etta James. Before traveling to a jazz festival in India next week, Ross and his band will celebrate the release of "All For One" with two sets at Snug Harbor on Saturday.
8:30 Monday, Orpheum Theater, $34.50-$64.50
Fleet Foxes broke out of Seattle in 2008 with a self-titled full-length debut album that introduced the band's brand of contemporary indie folk, heavy on harmonies and acoustic instruments. The album wound up on numerous best-of-the-year lists. Following the tour in support of Fleet Foxes' second album, drummer Josh Tillman left to launch his own career as Father John Misty. Original singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold, guitarist Skyler Skjelset and keyboardist Casey Wescott still form the core of the band. They released their third full-length, a concept album called "Crack-Up," last summer. Fleet Foxes headlines the Orpheum Theater on Monday.
7 p.m. Saturday, Smoothie King Center, $52 and up
What's the difference between Luke Bryan and Rod Stewart? Before performing at the Endymion Extravaganza in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during this year's Carnival, Stewart skipped the parade. But in 2015, contemporary country star Bryan, a man of the people, spent six-plus grueling hours aboard an Endymion float throwing beads, waving and smiling before his Extravaganza show. Other than that Dome gig, Bryan's visits to south Louisiana in recent years have generally put him outdoors at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge for the Bayou Country Superfest. Later this summer, he'll headline several stadiums around the country. But first, Bryan brings his What Makes You Country Tour to the Cajundome in Lafayette on Friday, followed by a Saturday night stop at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The Brothers Osborne and Granger Smith are also on the bill.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY SHOWS
Jazz-based drummer Joe Dyson, who has made a name for himself backing trumpeter Christian Scott and many others, powers a quintet at Snug Harbor.
Papa Roach headlines the Joy Theater, on a bill with The Devil Wears Prada.
Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Tymers keep the dancers moving at Rock 'N' Bowl.
Hasidic reggae artist Matisyahu stops at the House of Blues during his Forest of Faith Tour; Eminence Ensemble opens the show.
Southport Hall hosts a pair of south Louisiana rock bands: 12 Stones and The Vettes, who will celebrate a new album, "Gold Star."
Funk Monkey and the One Love Brass Band team up at Tipitina's.
The Soul Rebels bring their mix of brass band funk and hip-hop to Rock 'N' Bowl.
A Louisiana Red Hot Records showcase at Tipitina's features Water Seed, the New Orleans-based contemporary R&B band that takes many of its cues from Earth Wind & Fire, plus Omari Neville & the Fuel, Cyril Neville, Lilli Lewis and special guests Corey Henry and Erica Falls.
Shoot To Thrill, an all-female AC/DC tribute band, rocks the House of Blues.
Drummer Herlin Riley & the Flat Foot Five are featured for the free "Nickel-a-Dance" traditional jazz show at Maison (508 Frenchmen St.). The show is from 4 to 7 p.m.; all ages are welcome.
Baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis, whose credits range from Fats Domino to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, is at Snug Harbor.
Metal band Exodus hits the House of Blues.
Nahko & Medicine for the People are at Tipitina's.
The free Wednesday at the Square concert series kicks off downtown at Lafayette Square across from Gallier Hall with co-headliners the Lost Bayou Ramblers — recent winners of a Grammy Award for best regional roots music album — and blues-based singer-songwriter Mia Borders.