The musical options in New Orleans for the coming week include a husband-and-wife blues-rock dream team, a hit-making rapper and a West Texas singer-songwriter.
8 p.m. Friday, Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.), tickets at the door.
Joe Ely, a native of Lubbock, hails from a tradition of Texas songwriters that includes the likes of Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen. Ely's tales of lonesome drifters and lonely horizons owe much to West Texas open spaces and folk icon Woody Guthrie, but his music also is informed by the traditional, accordion-powered Mexican music he heard as a boy and the spirited guitar rock of fellow Texan Buddy Holly. Opening his show at 8 p.m. is George McConnell, the Mississippi-born jam band guitarist who co-founded Beanland and served tenures in the Kudzu Kings and Widespread Panic. McConnell is followed by Nashville-based country-jazz vocalist Tomi Lunsford and her combo at 9, then Ely, accompanied by accordionist Joel Guzman, around 10 p.m.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Saenger Theatre, sold out
As he demonstrated for years with the final incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks is one of the best electric — especially slide — guitarists in rock. He traffics in a nimble brand of Southern blues ’n’ boogie that is lyrical and literate. As manifested in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, it is complemented by his wife Susan Tedeschi’s hearty, burnished voice, as well as the versatile, horn-heavy group of musicians behind them. Together since 2010, the band’s latest release is “Live From the Fox Oakland,” a double-CD recorded last fall. On it, they shift easily from blues to soul to rock, covering Miles Davis, Leonard Cohen and Derek & the Dominoes along the way. They were a highlight of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest; not surprisingly, tickets for their Saturday show at the Saenger sold out well in advance.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
8 p.m. Sunday, Civic Theatre, $20
Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson launched his eponymous Brotherhood in 2011 to craft “cosmic California music,” i.e. psychedelic-tinged pastoral rock 'n’ roll, otherwise known as “acid Americana.” The hard-touring CRB is on the road supporting two current releases, its fourth full-length studio album, “Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel,” and a companion EP, “If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now.” Both were released via Robinson's Silver Arrow Records. The band passed through New Orleans in March to headline the Hogs for the Cause charitable fundraiser on the grounds of the Lakefront Arena. They move indoors for a show this weekend at the Civic Theatre.
9 p.m. Tuesday, Joy Theater, $42.50-$192.50
Georgia rapper Tauheed Eps, better known as 2 Chainz, introduced himself as a solo artist with the 2012 album “Based on a T.R.U. Story” and its hit singles “I’m Different,” “Birthday Song” and “No Lie.” His “We Own It” has turned up on the Superdome’s playlist during Saints games, and he occasionally collaborates with his buddy Lil Wayne; he was a featured guest at Wayne's 2016 Lil Weezyana Fest. However, getting 2 Chainz's Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour 2017 to the Joy Theater has not been easy. He was originally scheduled to perform on Aug. 3. That date was postponed to Sept. 30, reportedly because of an injury, presumably to the rapper. However, the show was moved yet again because of a “scheduling conflict.” In an unusual move, the new date is earlier than the first rescheduled date. Here’s hoping 2 Chainz finds his way to the Joy on Tuesday.
Other noteworthy shows this week
For one night only, drummer Adonis Rose revives the NOJO Jam at Snug Harbor, a jam session featuring members of the currently inactive New Orleans Jazz Orchestra that was for years a weekly feature at the club.
The brothers of Hanson play a sold-out show at the Joy Theater as part of their guitar-pop trio’s 25th anniversary tour.
The Kudzu Kings visit Tipitina’s.
Contemporary blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood, touring in support of his Alligator Records release “Pick Your Poison,” plugs in at the Three Keys venue inside the downtown Ace Hotel.
Ever-popular cover band The Topcats returns to Rock 'N’ Bowl.
Saxophonist Roderick Paulin, a driving creative force behind the Rebirth Brass Band, celebrates his new solo CD at Snug Harbor, joined by vocalist Jolynda Phillips.
The Low End Theory Players pay tribute to hip-hop ensemble A Tribe Called Quest at Tipitina’s; Koan is also on the bill.
Chickie Wah Wah hosts a musical celebration to commemorate the Beatles’ Sept. 16, 1964, performance at City Park Stadium.
The House of Blues hosts a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund benefit with Big Freedia, Fred LeBlanc of Cowboy Mouth, the Bucktown Allstars, Irvin Mayfield, John "Papa" Gros, Shannon McNally, DJ Raj Smoove and more.
Bruce Daigrepont leads an early-evening Cajun fais do-do at Rock 'N’ Bowl, starting around 5:30 p.m.
Jazz guitarist Ted Ludwig is at Snug Harbor.