Joe Walsh and Bad Company
6 p.m. Thursday
Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Tickets: $31.50 to $122 plus service charges
Joe Walsh and the members of Bad Company cheekily named their co-headlining summer tour One Hell of a Night. If nothing else, the night will be full of songs familiar to longtime listeners of FM rock radio stations. Walsh, he of the distinctive voice, guitar and antics, will trot out songs from throughout his career, from the James Gang’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Funk 49” and “Walk Away” to “Life’s Been Good to Me So Far,” “Life in the Fast Lane” and other standards he contributed to the Eagles. Bad Company is anchored by three members from its heyday roster: vocalist Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke. They’ll likely showcase such classic rock radio favorites as “Shooting Star,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Bad Company.” British singer-songwriter Steve Rodgers, whose father is Paul Rodgers, opens the show.
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
8 p.m. Friday
Civic Theater, 510 O’Keefe Ave.
Tickets: $32.50 to $50
As the principal creative voice of Iron & Wine, Sam Beam’s bonafides as a folk-minded singer-songwriter with a distinctive, hushed vocal style were already well-established. But having stockpiled a batch of melodies and lyrics that he believed would be better served as duets, he went searching for a collaborator. He found her in singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, whose “Kismet” album struck a chord with him. Together, he and Hoop finished off his song ideas and laid them down in an album called “Love Letter for Fire.” Recorded in Portland, Oregon, far from Beam’s home base outside Austin, Texas, the album finds the duo navigating a set of folk and pop songs that revolve around the theme of love, even though they are not a couple themselves. New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams opens for them at the Civic.
8 p.m. Sunday
Chickie Wah Wah, 2121 Canal St.
Tickets: At the door
As the daughter of Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland was born into the blues. But in the late 1990s, while still a teenager, Shemekia introduced herself as a huge talent in her own right, a powerhouse, electrifying singer who could belt the blues and beyond. Having performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton, she has impressed the elder statesmen of both rock and blues. On her 2015 Alligator Records release “Outskirts of Love,” she covers the likes of Solomon Burke’s “I Feel A Sin Coming On,” Jesse Winchester’s “Isn’t That So,” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See The Light” and ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago”; Billy Gibbons, Robert Randolph and New Orleans’ own Alvin Youngblood Hart all lend a hand. At Chickie Wah Wah on Sunday, Copeland is preceded by Mason Ruffner, the Texas-born blues guitar-slinger who found his “Gypsy Blood” during a long residency on Bourbon Street.
Johnny Vidacovich Birthday Bash
10 p.m. Saturday
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Avenue
In a town known for its drummers, Johnny Vidacovich is arguably New Orleans’ grand master of percussion. Across a career of more than 40 years, he’s laid down the rhythm for such idiosyncratic New Orleans piano players as Professor Longhair and James Booker while also exploring the outer limits of modern jazz with the ensemble Astral Project. His versatility and artistry has led to collaborations with a broad cross-section of artists from New Orleans and beyond. Scheduled guests for his annual birthday celebration at Tipitina’s include Galactic drummer Stanton Moore, who considers Vidacovich a major inspiration and influence, plus Dumpstaphunk keyboardist Ivan Neville and bassist Tony Hall.
Other noteworthy shows this week:
On Thursday, Chickie Wah Wah hosts singer-songwriter Dege Legg early, followed by a CD release party for south Louisiana’s Michael Juan Nunez. Jeffery Broussard leads the dancers at Rock ‘n’ Bowl for Zydeco Night. Hatebreed tops a hard-hitting bill at Republic New Orleans.
On Friday, roots rock band Reckless Kelly brings its 20th anniversary tour to Tipitina’s. The Soul Rebels kick brass at d.b.a. on Frenchmen St.
On Saturday, the Batture Boys, featuring Tommy Malone of the subdudes and Ray Ganucheau of the Continental Drifters, plug in at Chickie Wah Wah. Acclaimed New York jazz guitarist Joel Harrison is backed by locals Rex Gregory on saxophone, Chris Severin on bass and Ricky Sebastian on drums for two sets at Snug Harbor. The Morning 40 Federation reconvenes for a raucous night at d.b.a. Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars do south Louisiana swamp pop, Cajun, zydeco and rhythm & blues at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. Hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh works the room at the Howlin’ Wolf as part of the “Divine Supper Club Experience” series of benefit concerts. Homegrown hard rock band Eyehategod hits Southport Hall.
On Sunday, trombonist Mark McGrain anchors a quartet at Snug Harbor.