Here are the notable concerts in New Orleans for the upcoming week:
8 p.m. Saturday
Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St.
Tickets: $50 to $95 plus service charges.
His signature, Ron Burgundy-worthy mustache is gone, replaced by a seemingly permanent stubble. But Yanni remains one of the world’s foremost practitioners of instrumental New Age music. The 61-year-old composer and keyboardist, born Yiannis Chryssomallis, is so beloved in China that the government let him “adapt” and name a panda. He has performed at eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including India’s Taj Mahal and the Acropolis in his native Greece; a video from his 1993 concert at the Acropolis ranks among the best-selling concert films of all time. Appropriately, then, his lushly orchestrated recordings and concerts incorporate instruments and sounds from around the globe. His latest album, released in February, bears the extremely New Age-y title “Sensuous Chill.” Fans can feel the “Chill” at the Saenger Theatre this weekend.
Ed Volker & Los Reyes de Largo
9 p.m. Saturday
Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.
Tickets: At the door.
Even as he anchored the Radiators for 33 years, keyboardist and singer Ed Volker wrote more songs than any one band could accommodate. Post-Radiators, he has continued to churn out new material, including the 11 songs on his new album, “Look Glass Trick,” released under his alias Zeke Fishhead. He may showcase some of those new songs on Saturday at Chickie Wah Wah when he’s backed by percussionist Michael Skinkus and four members of the Iguanas: guitarist Rod Hodges, saxophonist Joe Cabral, bassist Rene Coman and drummer Doug Garrison. Opening the show is guitarist “West Bank” Mike Doussan, backed by an acoustic combo of violinist Harry Hardin, guitarist Chris Nolte and upright bassist Dave Pomerleau.
9 p.m. Friday
Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St.
As the son of Greater St. Stephen’s Bishop Paul S. Morton, PJ Morton grew around contemporary gospel music. But he’s made a name for himself in the larger world of popular music. When he’s not busy touring the world as the keyboardist of Maroon 5, he crafts his own contemporary R&B and soul. This week, he released a mixtape, “Bounce and Soul, Vol. 1,” featuring New Orleans bounce beats and guest turns by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne, Trombone Shorty and Juvenile; starting Thursday, free copies are available from 45 PJ’s Coffee locations throughout Louisiana. Morton recently moved back to New Orleans to launch his own record label, Morton Records. On Friday, he and his band, the Crusade, headlines a homecoming show at the Howlin’ Wolf. Local funk/soul/jazz/spoken word ensemble Tank & the Bangas, DJ Raj Smoove, Dee-1 and other special guests are also on the bill.
8 p.m. Friday
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Chicago hard rock quartet Disturbed broke through with its 2000 debut album, “The Sickness,” and the smash “Down With the Sickness.” Given that song and album’s punishing tone, Disturbed would, at first glance, seem an unlikely candidate to cover Simon & Garfunkel. But the band’s 2015 album “Immortalized” includes a grim, powerful take on “The Sound of Silence.” The arrangement methodically builds in intensity, with keyboards, strings, acoustic guitars and heavy percussion. But the musicians, and especially vocalist David Draiman, resist the urge to push too hard. A striking black-and-white video, full of close-ups of Draiman’s shaved head and pierced chin, effectively plays up the song’s pathos. Nonpoint opens for Disturbed on Friday.
8 p.m. Thursday
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Tickets: $27.50 plus service charges
Tinashe introduced herself as a new voice, and body, in contemporary R&B with the 2014 hit “2 On.” She continues in a similarly sexy mode on her new, second album, “Joyride,” which features “Party Favors,” “Player” and like-minded fare. Onstage, she is not afraid to show off her style, her swag, and her ability to execute smooth body rolls. She’s opened shows for Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, and is now out on her own club headlining tour with her band and dancers. The Joyride Tour stops at the House of Blues on Thursday. Ryan Hemsworth opens.
Other noteworthy shows this week:
On Thursday, Andy Narell, who largely introduced the steel pan drums to jazz, does two sets at Snug Harbor. The Maple Leaf hosts an all-star trio of bassist Tony Hall, soul singer and keyboardist Nigel Hall, and drummer Alvin Ford. Contemporary zydeco bandleader Chris Ardoin fronts his Nu Step at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
On Friday, the Honey Island Swamp Band headlines Tipitina’s, joined by guitarist Colin Lake and the Hill Country Hounds. Pianist Ellis Marsalis holds court at the House of Blues. Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins plays early at the Blue Nile, followed by the Soul Rebels and, in the upstairs room, Oneville featuring Omari Neville. At the Maple Leaf, hear guitarist June Yamagishi, drummer Raymond Weber and keyboardist Steve Malinowski. Veteran cover band the Topcats entertain at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
On Saturday, clarinetist Dr. Michael White & the Liberty Jazz Band play traditional jazz at Snug Harbor and Jason Neville & Mojo visit the Blue Nile. Saxophonist Khris Royal & Dark Matter are at the Maple Leaf. The Bustout Burlesque troupe does two Saturday night shows at the House of Blues.
On Sunday, Cajun bandleader Bruce Daigrepont hosts a fais do-do at Rock ‘n’ Bowl starting at 5:30 p.m. Japanese sci-fi punk rock band Peelander-Z lands at One Eyed Jacks; local favorites Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony rev up R&B, blues and jazz at Snug Harbor.
On Tuesday, the Monster Energy Outbreak tour hits the House of Blues with Issues, Night Verses, Crown the Empire and One OK Rock. Pianist Deanna Witkowski intermingles jazz, classical and Brazilian music at Snug Harbor, as she does on her latest album, “Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin.”
On Wednesday, the Creole String Beans fill the dancefloor at Rock ‘n’ Bowl with classic and classic-sounding south Louisiana rhythm & blues and swamp pop.