Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal St.
June Yamagishi has become one of New Orleans’ best known funk guitarists, and he moved to the city from Japan to play Mardi Gras Indian funk with guitarist June Victory. For the first time in 25 years, the two will reunite for a night of the music that drew them together with a band that includes Big Chief David Bannock and long-time funk percussionist Alfred “Uganda” Roberts.
The Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
Appearances at recent Essence Festivals show that the boy band that launched the careers of Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe grew up to be a talented man band, but they also sing songs from their post-Edition career.
They still sing the early hits including “Candy Girl” and “My Prerogative,” even doing the choreography of the day. Their voices have held up over the years, and they and their harmonies are the real show. Dancing is lagniappe.
501 Napoleon Ave.
Organizers of the Best Fest series bring it to New Orleans for an all-star night celebrating the music of The Rolling Stones. Confirmed participants include Ann Wilson of Heart, former Saturday Night Live cast member Jason Sudeikis, George Porter Jr., and members of Deer Tick, Lucius, Wilco, Dr. Dog, and Midlake, as well as Walter” Wolfman” Washington, Nikki Lane, and Willie Nelson’s son Lukas.
Proceeds go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and Tipitina’s Foundation.