Beyoncé and Jay Z
Sunday, 8 p.m. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive (504) 587-3663, Superdome.com
It’s hard to imagine a couple less “on the run” than Beyoncé and Jay Z, but that’s the name of the tour that will bring them to New Orleans. According to early reports from the tour, the couple alternate songs with an elaborate production akin to the spectacle Beyoncé brought to the Essence Festival in 2013. Neither is a stranger to doing things in a big way, but both have proved that they can deliver the performances that keep their shows from being simple spectacle.
New Orleans Suspects featuring Ed Volker
Saturday, 10 p.m. Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St. (504) 866-9359, MapleLeafBar.com
The break-up of The Radiators freed its members to pursue other artistic opportunities, and bassist Reggie Scanlan found a musical home with the New Orleans Suspects. The funk rock band has its own personality independent of The Rads, but they’ll be joined by the band’s idiosyncratic songwriter and keyboard player Ed Volker on Saturday night.
The show will be the second of the weekend with a musical guest; Friday, Chief Juan Pardo will sit in as well.
Wednesday, 8 p.m. One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St. (504) 569-8361, OneEyedJacks.net
Comedian Dave Hill is an adept guitar player, so much so that he has his own indie rock band, Valley Lodge, and he formed a band, Diamondsnake, with Moby. He plays guitar when performing comedy as well—not singing comedy songs but using the guitar to punctuate or or add mood to a joke.
Last year, Supergroup’s Chris Lee shot a series of comedy shorts with Hill learning to rock from Phil Anselmo of the heavy metal band Down, and some of those videos will be shown Wednesday night, followed by a Q&A session with Hill and Anselmo.