Rebirth Brass Band
The Howlin’ Wolf
907 S Peters St.
Rebirth Brass Band has followed its Grammy Award-winning “Rebirth of New Orleans” with the new “Move Your Body,” which doesn’t mess with success. The album seems familiar in a good way as it continues to do the things Rebirth has done well for years, balancing composed songs with pieces that are all vibe and groove. The cover of Loggins & Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance” works better than it should, and the crowd noise overdubbed on some tracks reminds listeners that this is party music first and foremost.
Smoothie King Center
1501 Dave Dixon Dr.
Grammy Award winner and Super Bowl 2014 halftime performer Bruno Mars was last in town a few weeks ago for the Make It Right Foundation benefit, when host Brad Pitt joined him onstage to play tambourine. Mars has established himself as a musical showman with sharp dance moves and a classic sense of style and songs that draw from pop tradition but still sound contemporary. With Aloe Blacc opening.
828 S. Peters St.
Swedish electronic pop band Little Dragon has been poised on the edge of breaking through to a larger market since the release of 2011’s “Ritual Union,” and if the recent “Nabuma Rubberband” isn’t the album that gets them there, it’s the one that validates people’s belief in the band. It’s more atmospheric and moody with fewer songs aimed at the dance floor, but both types of songs are strong, and singer Yukimi Nagano makes you believe every word.