Alex Rawls: Boogaloo, Brees benefit with Kenny Chesney, Lucinda Williams _lowres

Lucinda Williams performs on stage at the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CACJ113

Bayou Boogaloo

This festival on the banks of Bayou St. John in Mid-City is an after-party for the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as it presents similar talent for free in a neighborhood setting before summer really kicks in.

The weekend includes a wide variety of local musicians, including bounce icon and reality television star Big Freedia, funk keyboard player Nigel Hall, the Iguanas, indie rock band Cardinal Sons, the Radiators’ Ed Volker, and Mardi Gras Indian music with Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Comanches.

Friday 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.

Bayou St. John

BayouBoogaloo.com

Kenny Chesney

This show with country star Kenny Chesney is a special one-off that is a benefit for Drew Brees’ Brees Dream Foundation and Matthew McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin’ Foundation. Chesney has been in the studio working on an album due out this fall, and he has no other shows scheduled. If the show isn’t a sell-out, it’s very close.

Saturday, 8 p.m.

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.

(504) 310-4999, HouseOfBlues.com

Lucinda Williams

One-time New Orleanian and full-time Southerner Lucinda Williams doesn’t get the same respect or sell the same numbers of records as Tom Petty or Neil Young, but her music is just as idiosyncratic and equally rooted in country, folk and garage rock. Williams has been an erratic performer, but her voice was strong and she was emotionally and musically in control of her songs when she played New Orleans in the fall.

Tuesday, 8 p.m.

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.

(504) 310-4999, HouseOfBlues.com