Shows of note in and around New Orleans this week:
11 a.m. Sunday
Zephyr Stadium parking lot, 6000 Airline Drive in Metairie
Homegrown kids’ music quartet the Imagination Movers starred in three seasons of a self-titled show broadcast worldwide by the Disney Channel. The four Movers continue to perform kid-centric concerts throughout North America, but rarely in their hometown. On Sunday, they are the featured act for the East Jefferson General Hospital Kids Concert and Play Day in the Zephyr Stadium parking lot. Gates open at 11 a.m.; the Movers perform around noon. Other activities include a video game truck, bounce houses, assorted princesses and superheroes, and a deejay. The event concludes at 3 p.m. Patrons are welcome to bring collapsible chairs, strollers and blankets. A ticket is required for all attendees except babies younger than 1 year old. Parking is available in adjacent Zephyr lots for $5 per car.
Brint Anderson’s Earl King tribute
9 p.m. Friday
Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.
Tickets: At the door.
In addition to his long-standing gig as the guitarist in George Porter Jr.’s Runnin’ Pardners, Anderson is a first-rate blues guitarist who wields a wicked slide. He’s also a connoisseur of the late great New Orleans rhythm and blues songwriter and guitarist Earl King’s catalog. In 2015, Anderson released “Covered in Earl,” a King tribute album on which he covered several classics and lesser-known gems, including “Come On,” “Trick Bag” and “Big Chief.” He’ll showcase King’s music on Friday, backed by bassist Jimmy Messa, drummer Mike Barras and keyboardist Michael Lemmler. Throwback rhythm and blues band Lonely, Lonely Knights opens the show.
They Might Be Giants
8 p.m. Saturday
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
It’s been more than 25 years since John Flansburgh and John Linnell first proposed that the question of “Istanbul, not Constantinople” was “nobody’s business but the Turks.” That ditty, along with “Birdhouse in Your Soul” and other offbeat but irresistible melodies, pushed They Might Be Giants’ 1990 album “Flood” past the platinum sales mark and established the duo as one of pop music’s more unconventional yet enduring acts for adults and kids. They released a kids’ album, “Why?,” last year. Their new “adult” album, “Phone Power,” is the third and final album based on their “dial-a-song” project, in which they debuted a new song weekly on their website. There is no opening act for their show Saturday.
Zion Harmonizers 77th Anniversary
2:30 p.m. Sunday
Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2400 Delachaise St.
Founded in 1939, the Zion Harmonizers are one of the longest-running gospel vocal groups in existence. Attrition has taken its toll; longtime leader Sherman Washington Jr. passed away in 2011 at age 85. But the current Harmonizers carry on in the time-honored tradition, including a preference for matching attire. They’ll mark the group’s 77th anniversary with a free show at Ephesus SDA Church. Scheduled performers include the Rocks of Harmony, Jo “Cool” Davis, the New Orleans Spiritualettes, the New Voices of Light, the Gospel Inspirations, the Mighty Supremes and more. As is tradition at such celebrations, the honorees may let their guests do all, or at least most, of the singing.
Anson Funderburgh, Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty
8 and 10 p.m. Thursday
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St.
Most nights, Snug Harbor is a jazz club. But on Thursday, the long-standing Frenchmen Street club is remade in a deep shade of blues via a touring revue of three well-respected blues bandleaders. Texas guitarist Anson Funderburgh specializes in a lean, angular style. Blues harmonica titan Mark Hummel leads the Blues Survivors and produces the Blues Harmonica Blowout tour. West Coast blues guitarist Little Charlie Baty fronts Little Charlie & the Nightcats. The three frontmen will be backed by drummer Wess Starr and bassist R.W. Grigsby.
Other noteworthy shows this week:
Greg Dulli, he of the Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers and the R Bar (of which the part-time New Orleanian is an owner) plays sold-out shows at midnight at Preservation Hall on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, Dave Jordan & the NIA celebrate their new “No Losers Tonight” CD at the Maple Leaf. Tipitina’s hosts “Sabotage: New Orleans Beasties Tribute” featuring members of Flow Tribe, Gravity A, Matt Zarba, Jermaine Quiz and James Martin. The Andrew Duhon Trio is at One Eyed Jacks with Dylan LeBlanc. Soul Track Mind teams up with Jarekus Singleton at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
On Saturday, famed Cuban drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez will join legendary percussionist Bill Summers of Headhunters fame, plus John Wooten on steel pans, pianist Sam Bruton, bassist Chris Severin and saxophonist Larry Panella, for two sets at Snug Harbor. Melvins rock One Eyed Jacks with Napalm Death and Melt Banana. Tipitina’s presents “All Thangs Funky” with Quickie Mart and Tony Skratchere.
On Sunday, multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, the longtime guitarist in Jackson Browne’s band and a frequent collaborator with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart, plays a solo show at Chickie Wah Wah at 8 p.m. Guitarist John Rankin’s Neoclassic Guitar Trio includes trumpeter Charlie Fardella and saxophonist Clarence Johnson III at Snug Harbor. The Fleur de Tease burlesque troupe holds court at One Eyed Jacks.