This week's music options include a three-night reunion of a popular local band, a grizzled contemporary Southern rock band, and a world-class jazz series at an Episcopal church in Covington.
10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Tipitina’s, sold out.
In 1978, keyboardist/vocalist Ed Volker, guitarist/vocalist Dave Malone, bassist Reggie Scanlan, guitarist Camile Baudoin and drummer Frank Bua first joined forces to export their brand of New Orleans music — a little bit New Orleans rhythm and blues, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of improvisation. For 33 years, the Radiators played its “fishhead music” as one of New Orleans’ best-loved and longest-tenured bands. It disbanded in 2011, but members tend to reunite for a long weekend each January at Tipitina’s. This weekend’s reunion coincides with the band’s 40th anniversary and brings with it a new album, “Welcome to the Monkey House,” recorded last year.
9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, House of Blues, $30
You could be forgiven for believing Blackberry Smoke was formed in the 1970s. The hair, the beards, the hearty amalgamation of Southern rock, alt-country and deep soul fleshed out by snarling guitars, a church-worthy organ and harmonies built around singer Charlie Starr's sandpapered twang — all of it harkens back to the glory days of Lynyrd Skynyrd. But Blackberry Smoke makes the music feel fresh and vital. They’re equally at home in roadhouses and arenas with the likes of Kid Rock, the Zac Brown Band and Willie Nelson. They’re an airtight ensemble that writes hook-laden songs such as the irresistible "Pretty Little Lie," from the 2012 album "The Whippoorwill." But the road, not the studio, is Blackberry Smoke’s natural habitat. They’ll spend two nights at the House of Blues this weekend.
7 p.m. Sunday, Tipitina’s, $29.50
Amanda Palmer is a multiplatform pop culture provocateur and prolific artist. Following her tenure as half of punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, she released such unconventional projects as "Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukelele." She aggressively cultivated a vast social media presence, raised over $1 million via Kickstarter by pre-selling her album "Theatre Is Evil" and turned her widely viewed TED Talk on "The Art of Asking" into a best-selling book. More recently, she remade Pink Floyd’s “Mother” with an even more dramatic string arrangement, accompanied by an equally striking video, and made it a statement on motherhood and politics. Her Sunday appearance at Tipitina’s is billed as “An Evening with Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley and Friends.”
9 p.m. Thursday, Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place), $35-$75
Officially, Marshmello is anonymous. The electronic music deejay and producer has never confirmed his true identity and conceals himself with a bulky white marshmallow helmet at performances, an approach inspired by fellow masked EDM deejay deadmau5. Marshmello recently released a single, “Spotlight,” that is a collaboration with the late rapper Lil Peep. In what amounts to a preview of the upcoming Buku festival in March, Marshmello headlines Mardi Gras World on Thursday; the show’s promoters are Winter Circle Productions and BASSIK. Ghastly and Yultron are also on the bill.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY SHOWS
Modern jazz saxophonist Christian Winther leads a quartet at Snug Harbor.
Pianist Davell Crawford holds court at the Little Gem Saloon (he's back again on Friday).
Christ Episcopal Church in Covington kicks off its three-day “Jazz in January” series with Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán, backed by saxophonist David Caceres, pianist Matt Lemmler, drummer Jamison Ross and bassist James Singleton. The show is from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; tickets are $40.
“Live From Here,” the renamed “Prairie Home Companion” radio show now hosted by Chris Thile, stages a live national broadcast from the Saenger Theatre with guests John Prine, Sylvan Esso, Rory Scovel, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more.
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters hit Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
Christ Episcopal Church in Covington’s “Jazz in January” series continues with “A Celebration of Women In Jazz” featuring Parisian vocalist Cyrille Aimée, Cuban drummer Yissy Garcia, New York pianist Deanna Witkowski and local vocalist Leah Chase, bassist Amina Scott and saxophonist Aurora Nealand. Show time is 7 p.m.; tickets are $40.
At 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Christ Episcopal Church in Covington hosts a jazz Mass tribute to Mary Lou Williams.
Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short team up at the Saenger Theatre for two shows with the bluegrass ensemble Steep Canyon Rangers and jazz pianist Jeff Babko.
Rory Scovel headlines One Eyed Jacks.
Pianist Mitch Woods takes his musical cues from the jump blues ‘n’ boogie bands of the late 1940s and early 1950s, and New Orleans; he and the Rocket 88s fire up for two sets at Snug Harbor.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club stops at the House of Blues.
Guitarist Jonny Lang plugs in at the House of Blues.
Mitch Woods & the Rocket 88s are at Rock ‘N’ Bowl