Paul Sanchez’s Merry Little Christmas

8 p.m. Friday

Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.

Tickets: At the door

New Orleans singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez has instigated intimate, acoustic house concerts alone and rocked huge audiences with his former band, Cowboy Mouth. In both settings, his songs — literate, lyrical, sly and often sad — serve him very well. He was recently on the road with his buddy Darius Rucker, the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman turned contemporary country star, playing to thousands of people. But Sanchez is back in his hometown to preside over a Christmas show that includes fellow Americana singer-songwriter Lynn Drury, French vocalist Alvy Zame’z and The New Orleans Advocate cartoonist Walt Handelsman, who’ll take a turn on the microphone for a spoken-word song he co-wrote with Sanchez. On Wednesday, Sanchez returns to Chickie Wah Wah for a show with former Cowboy Mouth bandmate John Thomas Griffith as the Lonesome Travellers.

New Orleans Suspects

11 p.m. Saturday

Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak St.

Tickets: $10

The New Orleans Suspects is something of a New Orleans all-star band. Its ranks include bassist Reggie Scanlan, of the Radiators; Willie Green, the drummer in the Neville Brothers Band for more than 30 years; saxophonist Jeff Watkins, who led the James Brown Band and Joss Stone’s band; former Dirty Dozen Brass Band guitarist Jake Eckert; and keyboardist CR Gruver, who is involved in a wide range of projects. Together, they evoke a sort of Big Easy Allman Brothers Band.

Donald Harrison Quintet feat. Eddie Henderson

8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St.

Tickets: $30

Donald Harrison Jr. represents New Orleans culture in multiple formats. He is a Mardi Gras Indian big chief but also a world-class jazz saxophonist whose “nouveau swing” style draws on New Orleans tradition as well as contemporary R&B and even hip-hop. Over two nights at Snug Harbor this weekend, Harrison’s quintet is augmented by trumpeter and flugelhornist Eddie Henderson. Henderson’s father was a medical doctor who tended to Duke Ellington, Count Basie, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Eddie also earned a medical degree but opted for the life of a musician (thanks in part to an early, informal, backstage trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong). In the early 1970s, he was a member of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi ensemble. Across dozens of albums as a sideman and leader, Henderson has ranged from electric jazz fusion to acoustic hard bop.

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers

8 p.m. Sunday-Monday

Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.

Tickets: $45

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack turned 75 this year, but shows no sign of slowing down. In early January, he’ll spend several days performing aboard the annual “Jam Cruise.” For two shows this week, he’s backed by the current incarnation of his funk-and-more band, the Nite Trippers.

Anders Osborne, Johnny Sansone and John Fohl

8 p.m. Tuesday

Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.

Tickets: At the door

Anders Osborne plugged in at Tipitina’s last weekend for two sold-out nights of fully amplified electric guitar heroics. But this week, he’ll unplug for a far quieter collaboration at Chickie Wah Wah. He’ll join blues harmonica man and accordionist Johnny Sansone and guitarist John Fohl, who spent many years in Dr. John’s band, for a back porch-style song swap, in which they’ll take turns backing one another on each other’s compositions. Given their busy individual schedules, Osborne, Sansone and Fohl generally get together only a couple times a year, so catch them while you can.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic’s Funky New Year

9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday

Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.

Tickets: $35

George Clinton has piloted his own peculiar Mothership for more than four decades now, with all manner of adventures along the way. He has come to personify psychedelic funk, even if he’s traded his trademark rainbow locks and robes for a more conservative cut and tailored suits. Local favorite Melissa “DJ Soul Sister” Weber opens the show by spinning old-school funk and R&B vinyl, as she often does when Clinton comes to town.