Notable shows in and around New Orleans for the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.
7:30 p.m. Friday
Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive
Tickets: $17.75 to $147.75 plus service charges
At 72, Barry Manilow still pines for “Mandy.” He still “Can’t Smile Without You.” And he still very much embodies the spirt of the “Copacabana.” Soft rock’s ultimate showman has dubbed his current tour “One Last Time!” The implication, of course, is that this is his farewell, his final lap around the country before he settles into retirement (or a Las Vegas residency). Manilow headlines the Smoothie King Center, in its reduced capacity configuration, on Friday, with veteran smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Kox opening. The star’s Manilow Music Project, which promotes music education in schools, is giving away pairs of tickets to anyone who donates a new or “gently” used musical instrument. Instruments can be dropped off daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday at the Gate A Ground Lobby of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, across from the Smoothie King Center. Donors may park for free in the Dome’s Garage 6 when dropping off instruments. For his part, Manilow is donating a Yamaha piano to New Orleans’ International School of Louisiana.
9 p.m. Friday
The Willow, 8200 Willow St.
Tickets: $15 general admission, $65 VIP meet-and-greet.
Aaron Carter was only 13 when his second album of hip-hop-inflected pop, 2000’s “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” sold 3 million copies. With that, he tapped into the same lucrative, if fickle, market of preteen girls that his older brother Nick Carter did as a member of the Backstreet Boys. His transition to adult performer was difficult. For years, he released little new music as he appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” and in a Broadway production of “The Fantasticks.” He’s back on the road. This weekend, he’ll perform at the Willow, in the former Willow Street home of Jimmy’s Music Club. On Saturday, the same club hosts a solo Dr. John show that is a benefit.
9 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $40 for general admission gallery, $60 for reserved balcony.
Oakland native Gerald “G-Eazy” Gillum graduated from Loyola University’s music business program in 2011. He apparently learned his lessons well. He introduced himself as an especially suave rapper with the 2011 mixtape “The Endless Summer” and its reimagining of Dion’s classic “Runaround Sue.” His official debut album, 2012’s “Must Be Nice,” was recorded in New Orleans with live musicians. His new “When It’s Dark Out” sold 100,000 copies in its first week of release; on it, he boasts that he’s “the coldest white rapper in the game since the one with the bleached hair” (aka Eminem). His current tour is filling theater-sized venues around the country. His New Orleans date, a sort of homecoming, was originally booked at the Joy Theater, then moved to the larger Orpheum to accommodate ticket demand. Marc E Bassy and Nef the Pharaoh are also on the bill. All ages are admitted.
9 p.m. Sunday
Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters St.
Tickets: $35 advance, $40 day of show
The Chicago-born rapper Lupe Fiasco ranks among hip-hop’s most respected emcees, and most inscrutable. His 2006 Atlantic Records debut, “Food & Liquor,” was hailed as a masterpiece of storytelling; the single “Kick, Push” become one of his calling cards. The 2007 follow-up, “The Cool,” was similarly hailed. But his pronouncements about his career, and its possible ending, have proven less reliable. His current tour may or may not be his last. He may or may not release three albums, including his “final” album, this year. And though this tour is supposedly “for the fans,” he sometimes seems to forget they’re there. A review in Billboard magazine said his recent show in Los Angeles was “as perplexing and challenging as it was often satiating.” Boy Illinois, Billy Blue and ZVerse are scheduled to join him at Republic New Orleans.
7:15 p.m. Sunday
Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive
Tickets: Sold out.
The inscrutable prog/hard rock quartet Tool hasn’t released a new album in a decade. Doesn’t matter — tickets for Tool’s show at the Smoothie King Center sold out weeks ago. Enigmatic singer Maynard James Keenan and his bandmates can tour successfully on reputation alone, churning out the punishing, precise, complex likes of “Schism,” “Stinkfist” and “Aenima” to super-invested fans. Having the ever-adventurous Primus, whose take on hard rock is inherently funnier than Tool’s, along for the ride makes for an especially strong bill. 3Teeth opens the show.