Shows you need to know about in New Orleans for the week of June 16-23.
9 p.m. Saturday
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Ben Schneider is the primary creative force behind the Los Angeles-based indie-folk ensemble Lord Huron. The song “Ends of the Earth,” featured on Lord Huron’s 2012 debut album “Lonesome Dreams,” played a prominent role in the series finale of the sitcom “Community.” A second album, “Strange Trails,” came out in the spring of 2015; it played up the decidedly Western imagery and evocations inherent in Lord Huron’s music. Lucy Dacus opens for Lord Huron at the House of Blues this weekend.
8 p.m. Sunday
Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive
Tickets: $75, $97.50, $119
Contemporary R&B hitmaker R. Kelly’s 13th studio album, “The Buffet,” contains much of what he’s built his reputation on: Graphically, at times crudely, sexual come-ons and boasts packaged in sleekly produced melodies and rhythms. Kelly has sold many millions of albums and notched three dozen hit singles despite a history of tawdry allegations of preying on underage girls, related lawsuits and an acquittal on child pornography charges. Given that he seems impervious, the confidence he expressed in the massive hit “I Believe I Can Fly” is not surprising.
Lake Street Dive
8 p.m. Tuesday
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
Tickets: $21 advance, $26 day of show
The members of Lake Street Dive first came together as students at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Vocalist Rachael Price, trumpeter/guitarist Mike Olson, upright bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Mike Calabrese first gained national attention via a sidewalk-shot YouTube video of the quartet harmonizing on the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” Producer T Bone Burnett subsequently invited them to take part in the “Another Day, Another Time” concert in New York, featuring music associated with the Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The glowing reviews that followed catapulted Lake Street Dive to a career as purveyors of harmony-rich pop soul. Their most recent album is “Side Pony,” released early this year. Alt-pop singer-songwriter Walker Lukens & the Side Arms open for Lake Street Dive at Tipitina’s.
Los Van Van
8:30 p.m. Monday
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 day of show
Any discussion of contemporary Cuban music must include Los Van Van. For more than 30 years, the ever-evolving Los Van Van has remained relevant as a popular dance band by intermingling traditional and modern elements. Flutes, trombones and guitars share the stage with synthesizers and drum machines. Rumba, son montuno, hip-hop, disco, salsa — all of it factors into the mix. Longtime leader and bassist Juan Formell passed away in 2014, but the band, which has graduated several prominent musicians from its ranks, still carries on.
Other notable shows this week:
ON THURSDAY, wide-ranging avant-jazz guitarist Jonathan Freilich fronts JFree & the Lowdown at Snug Harbor. Blues guitarist Little Freddie King hits d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street for the late set.
ON FRIDAY, the Free Foundation Fridays series at Tipitina’s presents a no-cover show featuring the New Orleans Suspects and guitarist Brint Anderson’s duo. Guitarist Tab Benoit plugs in at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, sharing a bill with keyboardist/singer John “Papa” Gros’ band. The Bustout Burlesque troupe does two shows at the House of Blues. Singer-songwriter Seth Walker holds court at Chickie Wah Wah.
ON SATURDAY, the Maple Leaf presents Gristle Candy, a local all-star band consisting of John “Papa” Gros on keyboards, Jake Eckert of the New Orleans Suspects and Alex McMurray of the Tin Men on guitar, former Cowboy Mouth bassist Casandra Faulconer, and Susan Cowsill Band drummer Russ Broussard. Tipitina’s hosts another free show with Cardinal Sons and Rumblesteelskin. Tab Benoit hits Ruby’s Roadhouse in Mandeville. Drummer extraordinaire Herlin Riley powers a quartet at Snug Harbor. John Boutte sings at 8 p.m. at d.b.a., followed by Debauche around 11 p.m.
ON SUNDAY, jazz vocalist Cindy Scott is at Snug Harbor. Cajun band leader Bruce Daigrepont hosts a fais-dodo at Rock ‘n’ Bowl starting at 5:30 p.m.
ON TUESDAY, harmonica man Johnny Sansone, keyboardist Joe Krown and guitarist John Fohl team up at Snug Harbor. Experience Matt Perrine’s Tuba Trinity at Chickie Wah Wah.
ON WEDNESDAY, guitarist John Thomas Griffith of Cowboy Mouth settles down for a solo show at Chickie Wah Wah.