In this Feb. 24, 2010 file photo, recording artist Patti LaBelle poses for a portrait in New York. LaBelle suffers from Type 2 diabetes. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)


Carin’s Proton Blast

The Howlin’ Wolf

907 S. Peters St.

4 p.m.

(504) 529-5844

New Orleans trumpet and sax player and educator Brian Graber has reached out to the New Orleans music community because his wife, Carin, is being treated for brain cancer at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Doctors have suggested she have a therapy known as a proton blast, but her health insurance won’t cover it. Graber has played with George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners and John Mahoney’s Big Band, both of which will play this fundraiser for her treatment. Tab Benoit, Bonerama, The Boogiemen, Dave Ferrato and Tchoupazine, Tom Fitzpatrick Band, Pink Magnolias, Dave Jordan Band, and more will also will perform.


Bounce TV Music Fest: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Patti LaBelle, Ruben Studdard

UNO Lakefront Arena

6801 Franklin Ave.

7 p.m.

(504) 280-7171


R&B band Maze’s love affair with New Orleans continues unabated. It no longer closes Essence Music Festival yearly, but it plays Jazz Fest regularly and still draws some of the Congo Square Stage’s largest crowds. Maze will be joined by Essence veterans Patti LaBelle and American Idol season two winner Ruben Studdard.


The Polyphonic Spree

Southport Hall

200 Monticello Ave.

8 p.m.

(504) 835-2903

Rock band The Polyphonic Spree made its name by playing grand, sweeping songs with a 22-person band including an 11-voice choir. Initially, the group presented itself as a cult, and while that aspect has been played down in recent years there’s still a strong undercurrent of positivity in its words and sound. Last year’s “Yes It’s True” dialed back some of the bigness without losing the Spree’s eccentric, melodic charms.