The music options in New Orleans this week include a vintage-sounding vocal trio from Israel and a long-running reggae band from Jamaica.
8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St.), $25
The Israeli close-harmony trio the Hazelnuts take many of their musical cues from New Orleans and the 1930s. The Boswell Sisters, the New Orleans trio of sisters that inspired the Andrews Sisters, are an obvious influence on Shira Z. Carmel, Yifeat Ziv and Anat Moshkovski as they sing and swing. Together, they loft precision harmonies in the service of “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and other vintage classics. Their version of “Walk In Jerusalem,” based on a traditional spiritual, would not be out of place in the sanctuaries or on the streets of New Orleans, especially given the brassy accompaniment and the way the Hazelnuts preserve the song's inherent gospel spirit. For what may be their first performance in New Orleans, the Hazelnuts will be backed by their own combo consisting of guitar, bass, drums, washboard and trumpet.
NOTE: This show has been postponed to Nov. 18 because of Tropical Storm Nate. Saturday, Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave.)
For 20 years, Bonerama has pumped out a brassy, trombone-powered variation on New Orleans rock and funk. After releasing its first six albums independently, the band partnered with Basin Street Records to distribute its new, seventh album, “Hot Like Fire.” On it, co-founding trombonists/vocalists Mark Mullins and Craig Klein, trombonist Greg Hicks, sousaphonist/bassist Matt Perrine and guitarist Bert Cotton (new drummer Walt Lundy joined after the recording sessions) rock through seven original compositions and reimagine Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and the Allen Toussaint obscurity “Basic Lady.” They’ll celebrate the new release with a relatively early show at Tipitina’s, with opening act Darcy Malone & the Tangle hitting the stage at 9 p.m.
Judah & the Lion
8 p.m. Sunday, House of Blues (225 Decatur St.), $20
Judah & the Lion’s recent performance of “Suit and Jacket” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” neatly illustrated the two sides of the Nashville band’s most recent album, “Folk Hop ‘n’ Roll.” Sporting long blonde locks, painted nails and a white suit, lead singer Judah Akers thrashed around the stage like a proper alternative rock frontman. Next to him, Nate Zuercher sported a mountain man beard that fit his instrument of choice, the banjo. “Folk Hop ‘n’ Roll,” originally released in 2016 and newly rereleased in a deluxe version, is Judah & the Lion’s breakthrough. On it, the band that started with a focus on Christian lyrics shifts definitely to more secular fare, including the “Suit and Jacket” stance against selling out one’s dreams just for a 401(k) plan. The single “Take It All Back” spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. After touring as the opening act for Twenty One Pilots and Incubus, Judah & the Lion is out on a headlining club tour.
8 p.m. Monday, Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave.), $18
Derrick “Duckie” Simpson originally co-founded the reggae group Black Uhuru in Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1970s. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the band came into its own, thanks to the contributions of drummer Sly Dunbar, bassist Robbie Shakespeare, and singers Michael Rose and Sandra “Puma” Jones, who died of cancer in 1990. The 1981 album “Red” turned up on numerous “best of the year” lists, and the 1984 album “Anthem” won the first Grammy Award for a reggae band. Andrew Bees is now the band’s lead vocalist, with Simpson also contributing vocals. This summer, Black Uhuru released a new single, “Jah Guide.” The band's tour stops at Tipitina’s on Monday with singer Onesty opening.
Other noteworthy shows this week
Joe Krown’s Organ Trio, featuring the Hammond B-3 master as well as ever-soulful guitarist and vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington, grooves at Snug Harbor.
See North Carolina's Rainbow Kitten Surprise at Tipitina’s.
The Lake Charles band Rusty Metoyer & the Zydeco Krush is featured for the weekly Zydeco Night at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins swings out at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street at 7 p.m., followed by the Brass-A-Holics at 11 p.m.
Hear Thundercat at Tipitina’s.
Rock ‘N’ Bowl hosts a double bill of the Lagniappe Brass Band and the Iguanas.
Soul singer/keyboardist Nigel Hall grooves at the Blue Nile.
The fall session of Nickel-A-Dance, a free, all-ages, Sunday afternoon traditional jazz series at The Maison on Frenchmen Street, continues from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with banjoist/guitarist Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders.
Treme drummer Shannon Powell powers a trio for two sets at Snug Harbor.
Galactic drummer Stanton Moore hits Snug Harbor with his modern jazz trio.