The week's options for live music in New Orleans include a heavy metal guitar hero, a British band celebrating a 50-year-old album and tributes to Allen Toussaint pegged to what would have been his 80th birthday.
8 p.m. Thursday, Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.), $10
New Orleans-based singer-songwriters Kathryn Rose Wood and Mikayla Braun lead their own bands and release their own albums. Their most recent efforts are, respectively, “In the Ashes” and “Synapse”; Braun is also the singer for funk/rock band The Crooked Vines. But Wood and Braun have occasionally collaborated and have for several years shared a guitarist, Steve Panacek. Panacek, who is also a live sound engineer, is moving to New York in February. To give him a proper send-off and commemorate his contributions to their bands, Wood and Braun will join forces at Gasa Gasa for a one-off joint performance as the Braun-Wood Band. The duo will harmonize on each other’s original compositions, backed by a full band that includes Panacek on guitar. The Maggie Bell Band opens the show with a set of blues/soul.
Stanton Moore’s ‘With You in Mind’ Allen Toussaint Tribute
8 p.m. Friday, Joy Theater, $40-$75
In the summer of 2017, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore released “With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint,” a collection of Toussaint songs re-imagined by Moore’s modern jazz trio and a slew of special guests. He and his collaborators altered time signatures and made other changes, but generally retained the original spirit of “Java,” “Here Come the Girls,” “Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky,” “Night People,” “All These Things” and other Toussaint compositions. To coincide with what would have been Toussaint’s 80th birthday — the legend died of a heart attack in November 2015 — Moore will preside over an all-star “With You in Mind” showcase at the Joy Theater. He’ll be backed by keyboardist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton, his bandmates in the Stanton Moore Trio. Special guests include funk saxophone legend Maceo Parker, Cyril Neville, trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Eric “Benny” Bloom, saxophonists Donald Harrison Jr. and Skerik, and vocalist Erica Falls, most of whom appeared on the “With You in Mind” album.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Saenger Theatre, sold out.
In 1967, the Moody Blues released “Days of Future Passed.” An ambitious concept album that synthesized elements of classical music and rock, it launched the Moody Blues as an enduring presence in popular music and more or less established the progressive rock genre. The title of its soaring signature hit, “Nights (In White Satin),” has for five decades provided a convenient pun for bedding and lingerie advertisements. Longtime singer/guitarist Justin Hayward, bassist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge still anchor the Moody Blues. In the 1980s, their collective career received a boost from the hits “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.” In a stroke of serendipity, their ongoing tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Days of Future Passed” coincides with their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this spring.
Black Label Society
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, House of Blues (225 Decatur St.), $40-$80
Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde is an endangered species: a bona fide heavy metal guitar hero. Wylde first came to prominence in Ozzy Osbourne’s band — he’ll return to the fold for the Ozzman’s farewell world tour, which kicks off in May — but he’s long sustained Black Label Society as his passion project. With BLS, Wylde is able to embark on the occasional unplugged excursion. But mostly, he shreds a succession of electric guitars. He and the band are on the road supporting the forthcoming album “Grimmest Hits,” which, contrary to the title’s implication, is not a “greatest hits” collection. Opening acts Corrosion of Conformity and Eyehategod both have local ties. New Orleans guitarist Pepper Keenan fronts COC, whose latest album, “No Cross No Crown,” is out this week. Eyehategod is a longtime staple of the New Orleans heavy music scene.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY SHOWS
Tipitina’s hosts Sabatoge, a tribute to the Beastie Boys featuring members of Flow Tribe and other New Orleans bands. The Stoop Kids open the show.
Honey Island Swamp Band guitarist Chris Mule’ and the Perpetrators plug in at the Little Gem Saloon.
Chubby Carrier plays upbeat zydeco at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
The Brass-a-Holics team up with the Stooges and Treme brass bands at Tipitina’s.
Honey Island Swamp Band bassist Sam Price fronts the True Believers at the Little Gem Saloon.
Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots do blues and zydeco at Chickie Wah Wah.
The Honey Island Swamp Band rocks the Little Gem Saloon.
Jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis leads a sextet at Snug Harbor.
New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, the charitable organization co-founded by Allen Toussaint, hosts a benefit and 80th birthday celebration at Rock ‘N’ Bowl featuring pianist Marcia Ball and singer Deacon John. Tickets are $30; show time is 6:30 p.m.
Jazz pianist Kris Tokarski, who moved to New Orleans to earn a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans, leads a band at Snug Harbor featuring trumpeter Andy Schumm, who hails from Chicago.
Bassist James Singleton, drummer Johnny Vidacovich, saxophonist Skerik and guitarist Jonathan Freilich create avant-jazz at Chickie Wah Wah.