The 2017 concert season in New Orleans was especially robust, with a wealth of marquee tours visiting the city’s largest venues. The early line on 2018 promises more of the same.

Already, more than two-dozen arena- and theater-level shows are on the books, with more announcements expected in the coming weeks. And that’s not counting headliners for the major festivals.

Here’s a preview of how you’ll be spending your concert ticket allowance in 2018.

Katy Perry

Friday (Jan. 5), Smoothie King Center

The pop star presides over her latest eye-popping production.

Moody Blues

Jan. 16, Saenger Theatre

The Moody Blues’ 50th anniversary tour coincides with their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dru Hill/Avant/Joe

Jan. 21, University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena

The Lakefront Arena has in recent years carved out a niche for itself as the home of contemporary R&B in New Orleans. That trend continues with this three-pack.

Steve Martin and Martin Short

Jan. 21, Saenger Theatre

The veteran entertainers team up for an afternoon matinee and an evening show at the Saenger, joined by Steve Martin’s bluegrass collaborators, the Steep Canyon Rangers.

John Prine

Feb. 2, Orpheum Theater

One of Americana music’s greatest songwriters spins his story-songs at the Orpheum.

Dead & Company

Feb. 24, Smoothie King Center

Dead & Company, featuring three longtime members of the Grateful Dead plus guitarist John Mayer, was forced to postpone a December 2017 date at the last minute when Mayer underwent an emergency appendectomy the morning of the show. They'll try again in February.

Noel Gallagher

March 2, Orpheum Theater

The former Oasis guitarist and songwriter pilots his High Flying Birds.

Luke Bryan

March 10, Smoothie King Center

The contemporary country heartthrob has in recent years visited south Louisiana only for festivals and the Endymion Extravaganza. This time around, he headlines an arena show.

Fleet Foxes

March 12, Orpheum Theater

The indie-folk band from Seattle strums and sings at the Orpheum.

Hogs for the Cause

March 23-24, UNO Lakefront Arena grounds

The 10th anniversary Hogs for the Cause, aka Hogs X, boasts country band the Turnpike Troubadours, jam band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, contemporary bluegrass band the Steeldrivers, outlaw country singer Tyler Childers, and N.M.O., aka North Mississippi Osborne, the collaboration between the North Mississippi Allstars and New Orleans guitarist Anders Osborne.

Bon Jovi

March 25, Smoothie King Center

The '80s rockers return to headline an arena in New Orleans for the first time since 1989.

Justin Moore

March 25, UNO Lakefront Arena

The country singer responsible for “You Look Like I Need a Drink” was originally slated to pass through town in October but postponed until March.

Big Easy Blues Fest

March 30, UNO Lakefront Arena

The roster for the annual blues blowout at the Lakefront Arena includes Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka and more.

Queens of the Stone Age

April 27, Saenger Theatre

Singer-guitarist Josh Homme and his Queens of the Stone Age bandmates likely could have filled a larger venue; their Saenger show sold out immediately.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 27-May 6

Expect an announcement about the 2018 Jazz Fest roster in the latter half of January.


May 11, Saenger Theatre

The long-running, horn-powered R&B-soul-rock band always has drawn a crowd in the Crescent City.

Joe Bonamassa

May 19, Saenger Theatre

The blues-based guitarist returns to the Saenger.

Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers

May 22, Smoothie King Center

Donald Fagen will carry on under the Steely Dan banner despite longtime collaborator Walter Becker's passing. The Dan joined forces with the Doobie Brothers for a '70s-tastic double bill.

Bayou Country Superfest

May 27, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

For its second year in the Superdome, the Bayou Country Superfest has scaled back to one night. But it’s a good one: Headliner George Strait, the reigning, semi-retired King of Country, is preceded by Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland.

Shania Twain

June 10, Smoothie King Center

The queen of sleek, contemporary country pop is back in the saddle after a long layoff.

Maroon 5

June 14, Smoothie King Center

Adam Levine and the boys are headed back to the Big Easy for what will be their third local performance in less than two years.


June 20, Smoothie King Center

The death of co-founder Glenn Frey in early 2016 did not ground the Eagles. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt are augmented by Frey’s son Deacon plus country singer-guitarist Vince Gill.


June 21, Saenger Theatre

The Greek-born New Age composer is on the road celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark “Live at the Acropolis” album.

Weezer and Pixies

June 26, Champions Square

The only announced show so far for Champions Square features a pair of guitar-powered alternative rock bands.

Essence Festival

July 5-8, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

No word yet on which R&B and hip-hop heavyweights will be coming to the Dome this summer.

Sam Smith

July 17, Smoothie King Center

The pop singer-songwriter is on the road in support of his second album, “The Thrill of It All.”

Journey and Def Leppard

Aug. 27, Smoothie King Center

Journey returns to the arena for the fifth time in nine years, this time with co-headliner Def Leppard.

Taylor Swift

Sept. 22, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

T-Swift headlines the Dome for the first time as part of her “Reputation” tour.

Fall Out Boy

Oct. 10, Smoothie King Center

Fall Out Boy concludes a tour in support of the 'Mania' album at the SKC, with Machine Gun Kelly opening.

Voodoo Experience

Oct. 26-28, City Park Festival Grounds

The stylish hip-hop, modern rock and electronic music extravaganza celebrates its 20th anniversary on the weekend before Halloween.

Ed Sheeran

Oct. 31, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The hugely popular British singer-songwriter and former Taylor Swift opening act hits the Dome on Halloween.

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