Your guide to music after dark during the second weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest:
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
At the House of Blues, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews hosts his annual “Shorty Fest” benefit concert for his educational foundation. He’ll perform with his band Orleans Avenue and special guest Ivan Neville on keyboards. The bill also includes the Revivalists, the New Breed Brass Band, Mainline, and Big Chief Juan & the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians, plus students from the Trombone Shorty Academy.
Chickie Wah Wah presents two shows with acclaimed guitarists and/or singer-songwriters. At 8 p.m., see the pairing of Austin de Lone and Bill Kirchen. Kirchen, the “Titan of the Telecaster,” established his reputation via Commander Cody’s “Hod Rod Lincoln” and tasteful accompaniment for the likes of Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello. Stick around for a 10:30 p.m. show by Austin legend Alejandro Escovedo.
A busy night at the Maple Leaf Bar opens at 7 p.m. with drummer Johnny Vidacovich and guitarist Luther Dickinson. Starting about 10 p.m., catch Vidacovich with guitarist Sonny Landreth and bassist George Porter Jr. Around 2 a.m., Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters hit the stage. (A separate ticket is required for each of the three shows.)
Rock ‘n’ Bowl hosts a big Zydeco Night with C.J. Chenier, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas and Lil Nathan & the Big Tymers.
After a sold-out show by St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Tipitina’s clears the room for a late-night set by Black Joe Lewis.
About 2 a.m. on Thursday night — technically that’s Friday morning — One Eyed Jacks presents a tribute to Earth Wind & Fire featuring the Nth Power, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Skerik and more.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
The big triple bill at Rock ‘n’ Bowl features slide guitar ace Sonny Landreth, zyde-soul singer Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, and trombone-powered rock band Bonerama.
The Roots, the hip-hop house band for “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” are at the Orpheum Theater with the Hot 8 Brass Band. The show starts at 11 p.m., giving Jazz Fest attendees plenty of time to clean up and eat before heading out again.
Country/Americana star Lucinda Williams headlines the main room of the House of Blues.
“Last Waltz New Orleans: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Last Waltz” kicks off the first of two nights at the Saenger Theatre. Guitarist Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule and bassist/producer Don Was are the music directors for this salute to The Band’s fabled farewell concert. The band includes hardcore country hitmaker Jamey Johnson, Dave Malone of the Radiators, trombonist Mark Mullins of Bonerama and bassist George Porter Jr. of the Meters, plus special guests.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead kicks off two sold-out nights at the Joy Theater. Tickets are still available for the Joy’s Friday and Saturday late-night shows featuring The New Mastersounds, a soul-jazz-funk band from England that takes many of its musical cues from New Orleans. On Friday and Saturday, the New Mastersounds play “Southern Late Nights,” late-night shows dedicated to the music of Allen Toussaint. Friday night guests include Eric Kraso, Ivan Neville and Marc Broussard.
The Soul Rebels intermingle brass band music and hip-hop at d.b.a. starting at 10 p.m., followed by the Lost Bayou Ramblers at 2 a.m.
Jazz, gospel and R&B keyboardist and singer Davell Crawford does two sets at Snug Harbor.
Bassist Charlie Wooten and guitarist Papa Mali are on at 8 p.m. at the Maple Leaf, followed by the 10th annual James Brown Birthday Tribute featuring Dumpstaphunk bassist Tony Hall and an all-star band of local soul/funk musicians. Trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick follows them with a late show.
Clarinetist Evan Christopher and pianist Tom McDermott fill the 8 p.m. slot at Chickie Wah Wah, followed by keyboardist Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen at 11 p.m.
Following a sold-out Funky Meters show at Tipitina’s, visit Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe starting around 2 a.m.
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington kicks off the first of two consecutive nights at One Eyed Jacks, playing two separate shows each night.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
Back in the day, Rosy’s Jazz Hall, at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Valence, hosted many nights of music. Live music returns to Rosy’s — which is used mostly as private event space now — when the Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, and Dave Jordan & the Neighborhood Improvement Association team up on Saturday night.
The Arcs, featuring guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, rock the House of Blues. Later on Saturday, the various House of Blues rooms host the California Honeydrops and the Bad Girls of Burlesque.
Guitarist Chris Thomas King is a bluesman at heart, but his tastes are varied. He and his Blues Orchestra plan to devote at least some of their two sets at Snug Harbor to Prince tunes.
It’s a night of Bruce Springsteen at Chickie Wah Wah. Paul Sanchez opens with a brace of Boss songs at 7 p.m., followed by Susan Cowsill and her collaborators recreating Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town” album in its entirety as part of her monthly “Covered in Vinyl” series. The Cardinal Sons close out the big night at Chickie Wah Wah.
Galactic teams up with JJ Grey & Mofro plus Moon Hooch at the Orpheum Theater.
Jon Batiste, the New Orleans native who leads Stephen Colbert’s late-night house band, plays a hometown show at the Civic Theater with his band, Stay Human.
The New Mastersounds return to the Joy Theater for another late-night Allen Toussaint tribute, joined by Jon Cleary and Marc Broussard.
Guitarist Luke Winslow-King plays at 7 p.m. at d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street, followed by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and a 2 a.m. set by S&M Squared featuring Stanton Moore, John Medeski, James Singelton and Skerik.
Guitarist Tab Benoit and New Orleans-by-way-of-south Texas combo the Iguanas are at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
The Motet and Pimps of Joytime are at Tipitina’s early, followed at 2 a.m. by “Daft Phunk,” in which five-piece local nouveau funk band Earphunk plays the music of electronic duo Daft Punk.
SUNDAY, MAY 1
Jon Cleary is early at Chickie Wah Wah, followed by bassist Charlie Wooton.
Rock ‘n’ Bowl closes out its Jazz Fest roster with a guitar throwdown featuring Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit and Jonathon “Boogie” Long.
Tipitina’s caps off a huge week with a triple bill of Dumpstaphunk, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and DJ Soul Sister.
Twenty-four hours after Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra present “Living for the City: The Songs of Stevie Wonder” at the House of Blues. Rising Appalachia and the Lost Bayou Ramblers team up in the HOB’s smaller Parish room.
Keyboardist Joe Krown, guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington and drummer Russell Batiste groove early at the Maple Leaf, followed by BrasiNOLA 2.0 and a late-night set featuring Kofi Burbridge and Johnny Vidacovich.
Ellis Marsalis renders elegant jazz piano at Snug Harbor.
The Ike Stubblefield Trio featuring Grant Green Jr. and Terrence Higgins fires up at d.b.a. at 7 p.m., followed by Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s jazz trio at 10 p.m. and a 2 a.m. set with FrequiNOT featuring Moore, Robert Walter, Skerik, Rob Mercurio and Scott Metzger.
MONDAY, MAY 2
Jazz Fest is over, but a few clubs stretch the season to include at least one more big night of music.
Longtime Radiators keyboardist, singer and songwriter Ed Volker holds court at Chickie Wah Wah with his Quintet Narcosis.
Keyboardist John “Papa” Gros led his fondly remembered funk and R&B band Papa Grows Funk at the Maple Leaf on Monday nights for the better part of a decade. For the post-Jazz Fest Monday, he presents Papa Grows Monk –- his own, eponymous band with very special guest Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.
Charmaine Neville sings at Snug Harbor.
TUESDAY, MAY 3
The Lonely, Lonely Knights do old-school New Orleans rhythm and blues with a garage rock flair at Chickie Wah Wah, followed by southwest Louisiana guitar-slinger C.C. Adcock & the Lafayette Marquis.
The Rebirth Brass Band powers its weekly party at the Maple Leaf.
Boogie-woogie pianist Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s land at Snug Harbor.
Jazz Fest officially ends when death-metal band Lamb of God hits the Orpheum Theater with Corrosion of Conformity and Clutch.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
Woodenhead guitarist Jimmy Robinson plays a solo acoustic set at Chickie Wah Wah at 8 p.m., followed by Americana singer-songwriter Kristin Diable and her band.
The Old 97’s and Heartless Bastards rev up at One Eyed Jacks.