Friday

Dale Watson

Mid-City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl

3000 S. Carrollton Ave.

9 p.m.

(504)-861-1700

RocknBowl.com

Texas honky-tonk purist Dale Watson has stayed truer to country music than country music has. These days, country sounds more like John Mellencamp’s all-American arena rock, while Watson recalls the heyday of Johnny Cash, George Jones and Merle Haggard.

In his songs, men are men, the women get away and whiskey cures almost everything. With Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys opening.

Friday

Welcome to Dillaville: The Official J. Dilla Tribute

The Howlin’ Wolf

907 S. Peters St.

10 p.m.

(504) 529-5844

TheHowlinWolf.com

Detroit-based hip-hop producer J. Dilla’s become a bigger star since his passing in 2006 than he was in life. He was ahead of his time when he worked with Common, Erykah Badu, The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest among others, and hip-hop has since caught up to his beats and embraced his work and previously unreleased tracks. The show will include films of Dilla, along with performances by friends Slum Village, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson.

Wednesday

The Old 97’s

One Eyed Jacks

615 Toulouse St.

10 p.m.

(504) 569-8361

OneEyedJacks.net

Americana mainstays The Old 97’s have songs on their 1994 debut “Hitchhike to Rhome” inspired by visits to New Orleans, and for years they matched Everly Brothers harmonies with Beatlesque hooks and country music. Unlike many 20 year-old bands, The Old 97’s have not had any lineup changes, so the band that made the first album also recorded the recently released “Most Messed Up,” which is as compulsively clever and energetic as their debut. With Lydia Loveless and Holly Golightly.