The live music options for the week include a local jazz bassist celebrating his debut CD, a tribute to OutKast and an arena-sized Christian music collective.
8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Snug Harbor, $15
Jasen Weaver honed his chops as a modern jazz bassist at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the University of New Orleans, and in the city’s clubs. At NOCCA, his instructors included Jason Marsalis. In a continuation of their mentorship-turned-collaboration, Marsalis wrote the liner notes for his former pupil’s debut album, “The Voscoville,” to be released Friday via iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby and other online outlets. On “The Voscoville,” Weaver and his bandmates focus on original compositions spiked by solos, from the up-tempo “The Resilient” to the ballad “Curtains.” “Feature Steve” features trumpeter Stephen Lands. “341 North” is named for Weaver’s dormitory at UNO. The collection concludes with a fresh take on the standard “Savoy.” For a CD release party at Snug Harbor on Thursday, Weaver will be joined by Lands, Derek Douget on alto/soprano sax, Miles Berry on tenor sax, Shea Pierre on piano and A.J. Hall on drums.
8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Snug Harbor, $25
Jazz vocalist Jacqui Naylor is best known for her “acoustic smashing” technique of mashing up jazz standards and rock/pop favorites. Case in point: she fused the Rodgers and Hart classic “My Funny Valentine” to the groove of AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” She’s also cooked up a bossa nova take on R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” and a jazzy look at David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Her latest album, “Q&A,” features such standards as “The Way You Look Tonight” and “The Nearness of You” alongside original compositions by Taylor and pianist/collaborator/husband Art Khu. At Snug Harbor on Saturday, Naylor and Khu are joined by local bassist Trey Boudreaux and drummer Peter Varnado.
The Low End Theory Players tribute to OutKast
10 p.m. Friday, Tipitina’s, $15
How extensive is local drummer Derrick Freeman’s range? He is equally at home powering the highly fluent Soul Brass Band, leading a tribute to modern jazz master Art Blakey, or paying homage to hip-hop heavyweights with the Low End Theory Players. Freeman populated the Low End Theory Players with bandmates from the Soul Brass Band and his Smoker’s World project. They originally focused on the fabled Queens, N.Y. hip-hop collective A Tribe Called Quest; they take their name from Tribe’s classic 1991 album “The Low End Theory.” But they’ve expanded their repertoire to include OutKast, the hit-making Atlanta hip-hop duo that scored a ubiquitous single with “Hey Ya.” On Friday at Tipitina’s, Freeman and the Low End Theory Players will bring the OutKast catalog to life. Koan and My Theme Music are also on the bill.
Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2018
7 p.m. Friday, UNO Lakefront Arena, $15 and up
The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular is to Christian music what the Vans Warped Tour is to secular punk: an annual multiartist roadshow that has developed into a brand all its own. The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular was launched in 1995 by the Christian band NewSong. As its website notes, “you can count on ministry being the main focus.” With 10 or so acts, shows clock in around four hours. The roster slated for the New Orleans stop includes NewSong, Skillet, Kari Jobe, Building 429, John Crist, KB, Jordan Feliz, Dan Bremnes, Mallary Hope, Westover and Nick Hall. Premium “Jam Nation” membership includes priority admission and seat selection. Otherwise, Winter Jam events are general admission for a suggested donation of $15 at the door, cash or check only; checks must be made out to NewSong Ministries.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY SHOWS
Geno Delafose is featured for Zydeco Night at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
The Wahala Boys play “Afro-Funk/Soul/Psychedelic Rock” at d.b.a.
Bon Bon Vivant and the Dirty Bourbon River Show team up at d.b.a.
Blues-based guitarist Mike Zito joins Mia Kylie at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
Roadhouse bluesman Little Freddie King plugs in for the 11 p.m. set at d.b.a.
The Soul Brass Band fires up at the Blue Nile.
South Louisiana-born master drummer Ricky Sebastian is fluent in a broad range of styles, from Afro-Cuban to funk to Cajun; he’s worked with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Michael Franks, David “Fathead” Newman and Dianne Reeves, among many others. He’ll lead his own ensemble at Snug Harbor for two sets on Sunday.
Accordionist, singer and songwriter Bruce Daigrepont hosts a Cajun fais do-do at Rock ‘N’ Bowl, starting at 5 p.m.
Following a 7 p.m. set by John Boutte, stick around d.b.a. for trombonist “Big” Sam Williams & the Krewe (not to be confused with his Funky Nation).