Several big tours hit town this week:
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
9 p.m. Thursday
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson have been busy since the dissolution of the Black Crowes. Rich recently passed through New Orleans as the auxiliary guitarist in Bad Company. And Chris is on the road with his own Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which also features former Crowes keyboardist Adam MacDougall. With the Brotherhood, Chris gets to more fully explore the psychedelic and improvisatory tendencies that colored the Black Crowes catalog. The band’s most recent release is 2014’s “Phosphorescent Harvest.” There is no opening act when the Brotherhood convenes at Tipitina’s.
8 p.m. Thursday
Civic Theater, 510 O’Keefe Ave.
Tickets: $35, $50, $80
Georgia’s Travis Tritt broke big in country music in the early 1990s alongside the likes of Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson. Unlike those three, he didn’t wear a cowboy hat, preferring instead to show off an impressive mane and a sound inspired as much by Southern rock as country; he also was way more authentically outlaw than those other guys. It’s been a quarter-century since Tritt dialed up “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” his signature song. Other hits include “Anymore,” “Foolish Pride” and “Best of Intentions.” On Thursday, Tritt becomes one of the few country acts to headline the reborn Civic Theater. This is “an evening with,” meaning there is no opening act.
10 p.m. Saturday
Civic Theater, 510 O’Keefe Ave.
Tickets: $20 in advance
South African-born Jean-Philip Grobler is the primary creative force behind St. Lucia. He and his collaborators patiently and methodically build slices of melodic synth-pop that reference both the ’80s and more contemporary electronic dance music, minus the latter’s pummeling, unrelenting urgency. St. Lucia is touring in support of its second full-length album, “Matter”; on the single “Dancing On Glass,” Grobler and company go all-in, ’80s synth-pop-style, on the chorus. St. Lucia hits the Civic Theater on Saturday, the day after performing at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. Kind opens the show.
8 p.m. Saturday
Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way
Tickets: $39.50, $49.50, $67.50
The Dallas songwriter and bandleader Kirk Franklin specializes in decidedly contemporary Christian music. It’s inspirational, but with hip-hop flair. His 1996 hit “Stomp” was a bit too excitable for some church folks. He named his joint venture with RCA Records Fo Yo Soul Recordings, and his most recent album is the provocatively titled “Losing My Religion.” For years, Franklin’s brand name has been affixed to the House of Blues’ weekly Sunday gospel brunch. But now he’s actually coming to town in the flesh. An extension of his “20 Years In One Night Tour” — as the name implies, it’s a retrospective of the past two decades of music, from “Stomp” on — stops at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Smoothie King Center
Tickets: $49.50, $62.50, $79.50
Selena Gomez, former Disney Channel child star, is all grown up. Lest there be any remaining doubt, consider “Kill ’Em with Kindness,” the latest single from the 23-year-old’s current “Revival” album. The song’s sentiment and arrangement, not to mention Gomez’s understated vocal turn, are the stuff of mature pop music. And the stylish black-and-white video, released this week, casts Gomez in a succession of sophisticated and/or sultry poses, brushed aside with a playful smile at the end. Gomez headlines the Smoothie King Center on Tuesday as part of her world tour. DNCE and Bea Miller are also on the bill.
A few other noteworthy shows for this week:
On Thursday, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen headline the final week of the free Jazz in the Park spring concert series at Armstrong Park. Snug Harbor presents the O’Connor Band featuring country/bluegrass/classical/jazz violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor; he’s joined by his wife, Maggie (fiddle), son Forrest (mandolin, guitar), Forrest’s partner, Kate Lee (fiddle), national flatpick guitar champion Joe Smart and bassist Geoff Saunders. Rock fusion quartet Woodenhead is augmented by cellist Helen Gillet and trombonist Mark Mullins at Chickie Wah Wah. Bassist Tony Hallfronts a trio at the Maple Leaf. Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue play a free show at d.b.a. starting at 7 p.m., following by the Soul Brass Band at 10.
On Friday, Good Enough for Good Times and the Stoop Kids kick off the summer’s “Free Foundation Fridays” series of no-cover shows at Tipitina’s. Paul Sanchez and Alex McMurray pair up for a “song swap” at 8 p.m. at Chickie Wah Wah. Stick around for a semi-acoustic set by Raw Oyster Cult— it features Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin and Frank Bua of the Radiators, John “Papa” Gros of Papa Grows Funk and bassist Dave Pomerlau of Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes — at 10:30 p.m. Catch contemporary Cajun band Feufollet at One Eyed Jacks. The Maple Leaf presents Dave Jordan & the Neighborhood Improvement Association. d.b.a. presents Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns for free at 6 p.m., followed by a ticketed show with Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers.
On Saturday, south Louisiana guitarist Tab Benoit plugs in with his Police tribute band, The Fuzz, at the Maple Leaf. John “Papa” Grosheadlines Tipitina’s with a band featuring Brian Stoltz and Chris Adkins on guitars, Graham Robinson on bass and Russ Broussard on drums; they’ll showcase songs from Gros’ forthcoming “River’s on Fire” CD. Powerhouse vocalist Erica Falls is at Chickie Wah Wah. Catch Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet for the late set at d.b.a. Much-loved local jazz singer Germaine Bazzleis backed by pianist LarrySieberth’strio at Snug Harbor.The Producers, the ’80s New Wave/power pop band from Atlanta that earned a large following in New Orleans thanks to “What’s He Got,” “She Sheila” and other singalongs, is at Southport Hall.
On Sunday, Anvil, the hard-luck, hard rock trio profiled in an award-winning 2008 documentary, hits Southport Hall. Snug Harbor hosts “A Night of Love Songs,” a benefit for the New Orleans Loving Festival. The house band includes drummer Derrick Freeman, pianist Jesse McBride, saxophonist Khari Allen Lee, trumpeter Jeremy Thomas and bassist Grayson Hackleman.