The live music options in New Orleans this week include a British indie rock trio, a nationally broadcast performance by a homegrown modern jazz trumpeter and Bruno Mars.

The xx

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Champions Square, $15 to $52

British indie-pop trio the xx released its self-titled debut album in 2009. A collection of spare, low-key ruminations on lost love, it became a left-field hit, selling more than a million copies and earning the Mercury Prize, the British equivalent of the Grammy Award for album of the year. The band soon found itself headlining arenas in Europe. Building a big audience in the United States has taken longer, but the xx’s third album, “I See You,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart in January. All tickets for the xx’s Thursday night show at Champions Square are standing-room-only. Students with a valid ID can purchase two tickets for a total of $30 plus service charges. Perfume Genius opens the show.

Colin Lake's “Bon Voyage”

8 p.m. Friday, Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.), tickets at the door.

Eight years ago, Colin Lake moved from his native Pacific Northwest to New Orleans, where he found a receptive audience for his nimble brand of blues-folk guitar. Finger-picking a lap slide or working a resonator-style guitar, he released albums that trod the same roots music terrain as Eric Lindell and Anders Osborne. But Lake is about to embark on a different course. He and his wife — whom he met in the New Orleans airport after making his first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival pilgrimage in 2008 — plan to spend the next year or so sailing around the Caribbean on a 42-foot sailboat. Thus, Lake’s Friday night “Bon Voyage” show at Chickie Wah Wah will likely be his last local appearance for many months.

Bruno Mars

8 p.m. Saturday, Smoothie King Center, $225 and up.

If Bruno Mars wasn’t born a star, he was at least raised to be one. By age 2, little Peter Hernandez was performing as a pint-sized Elvis impersonator with his family's nightclub act in Hawaii. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles in search of grown-up stardom. After co-writing hits for other artists as one-third of the Smeezingtons production team, his debut album, 2010's "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," yielded several of his own. So did 2012's "Unorthodox Jukebox," which topped Billboard's album chart. His place in pop culture's pantheon was further solidified by memorable "Saturday Night Live" turns — like Justin Timberlake, he both acted and sang — and his Super Bowl halftime shows. His “24K Magic” album, released last fall, continued his hot streak. He still works as hard as ever. His 24K Magic World Tour includes 85 concerts this year. His Saturday stop at the Smoothie King Center sold out the day tickets went on sale nearly a year ago; some are available, at a premium, via resale sites. Jorja Smith opens.

Christian Scott

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.), $25 to $75

Trumpeter Christian Scott was schooled on the traditions of New Orleans jazz but has moved well beyond them. He has built his international reputation on his willingness to stretch the music’s boundaries — he even named his 2015 album “Stretch Music.” With his current ensemble, aTunde Adjuah, he embarked on an ambitious, three-album project dubbed The Centennial Trilogy, which was meant to sum up all that evolved musically from the first century of jazz as a platform to launch future explorations. On Tuesday night, before setting off on a European tour, Scott headlines a hometown concert to be broadcast via National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night in America” series, hosted by bassist Christian McBride. It will be the first major jazz concert in more than a year at the New Orleans Jazz Market, the Central City performing arts venue and community center that is home to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (which will return to the venue on Oct. 26).

Other notable shows 


The “Trumpet Royalty” concert at Loyola University’s Nunemaker Auditorium features New Orleans jazz trumpeters Wendell Brunious, Leroy Jones and Jamil Sharif. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission is $15 for the general public, $5 with student ID and free for Loyola students.

Rapper Lil Yachty is at the Joy Theater.


Electronic music act The Crystal Method plugs in at Tipitina’s.


Singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc, originally from Shreveport but now based in Muscle Shoals, Ala., has earned comparisons to the likes of Neil Young for his first three albums. At Chickie Wah Wah, he’ll be backed by Muscle Shoals alt-country band the Pollies.

The Soul Rebels intermingle brass band music and hip-hop at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.

The madcap Gogol Bordello, a cross between an Eastern European klezmer band and a punk band, hits the Joy Theater with Lucky Chops.


Northern California native Eric Lindell & the Grand Nationals headline the NOLA for NorCAL Fire Relief Benefit at Rock 'N' Bowl, starting at 6 p.m. 

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Keith Spera writes about music, culture and his kids.