Notable shows in and near New Orleans for the week of March 10-16, 2016:
9 p.m. Saturday
Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way
Tickets: $32.50 to $75 plus service charges.
The tag line for guitar wizard Joe Satriani’s current retrospective tour is “From Surfing to Shockwave: Celebrating 30 Years of Mind Bending Guitar DareDevilry.” The title is appropriate. Long before there was a “Guitar Hero” video game, Satriani defined the term. His 1987 breakthrough instrumental album “Surfing With the Alien” introduced this former guitar instructor to the (future) stars as a first-rate soloist and technician who also understood the value of song structure. He’s continued in that mode either under his own name or with various all-star projects. On his current tour, he’s backed by the core trio featured on his 2015 release “Shockwave Supernova”: Drummer Marco Minnemann, bassist Bryan Beller and keyboardist/guitarist Mike Keneally.
“L’Extravagance” feat. Ani DiFranco and Galactic
6 p.m. Sunday
Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Dr.
Tickets: $75 general admission, $100 with open bar or $150 for patron party
For its annual “L’Extravagance” fundraiser, the Uptown public charter school Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans has assembled a roster that would make for a pretty solid afternoon at Jazz Fest’s Gentilly Stage. It features folk singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, who, when not touring the country, is a mom who lives in New Orleans; the homegrown nouveau-funk-and-more band Galactic, whose members also spend much of their time on the road; and the forward-thinking young Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers. The event, for which the public can buy tickets, also includes food from an array of local restaurants, a silent auction, the Merry Antoinettes, Les ReBelles and a live canvas painting by Alex Harvie. The patron party starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at Generations Hall, followed by the main event from 6 to 9. To purchase tickets, go to www.501auctions.com/lfno.
8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Dr.
Tickets: $94 to $160 for two-night package, $55 to $87 for single-night ticket
Hardcore fans of the rap-rock band 311 converge on the Smoothie King Center from around the country this weekend for 311 Day, a two-night celebration that kicks off on March 11, aka 3-11. Staged every two years since 2000 — and almost always in New Orleans — 311 Day features marathon, multi-set concerts filled with dozens of songs, including rarely- and never-before-played obscurities and covers. Guest musicians from New Orleans inevitably join in. Though 311’s alternative rock radio hits — “Come Original,” “Down,” “All Mixed Up” — are 20 years old, fans continue to be drawn to a band many see as a lifestyle, one that culminates in 311 Day. Tickets are still available.
7 p.m. Friday
Old U.S. Mint
Tickets: $30 general admission, $20 for Friends of the Cabildo members
New Orleans-based blues, folk, gospel and country troubadour Spencer Bohren has spent the past 14 springs touring northern Europe. But this year, he’s sticking closer to home. As a result, he’ll stage the theater-style show he generally takes on the road for a hometown audience on Friday evening at the Old U.S. Mint’s third-floor performance studio. Bohren doesn’t use a set list, preferring to draw from his 17 albums as the spirit, and the stories he tells, move him. Along the way he’ll deploy an array of old six-string guitars, lap steel guitars, and a banjo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; there is no opening act.
The Magnificent 7
9:30 p.m. Saturday
Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave.
The Magnificent 7 are a New Orleans all-star band. Its members include Dave Malone of the Radiators and brother Tommy Malone of the subdudes on vocals and guitar, keyboardist John “Papa” Gros of Papa Grows Funk, bassist Rob Mercurio of Galactic, trombonist Mark Mullins of Bonerama, former Dr. John drummer Raymond Weber and percussionist Michael Skinkus, who has backed just about anyone who requires an authentic Afro-Cuban pulse. Together, they play favorites from their respective bands’ catalogs, as well as groove-centric covers. What was supposed to be a one-time gig in November has morphed into this weekend’s return engagement at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
Bruskers Guitar Duo
8 p.m. Thursday
Chickie Wah Wah
Tickets: At the door.
Italian guitarists Eugenio Polacchini and Matteo Minozzi are collectively known as the Bruskers Guitar Duo. They specialize in fleet classical acoustic guitar spiked with traditional jazz and bossa nova standards. New Orleans guitar maestro Jimmy Robinson met the Bruskers at a music festival in Italy; he helped steer their American tour to New Orleans. He’ll join them at Chickie Wah Wah on Thursday.
Other noteworthy shows this week:
Multi-disciplinary keyboardist Kyle Roussell holds court at Snug Harbor on Thursday
The contemporary R&B singer Tank’s Sex, Love & Pain Tour arrives at the House of Blues on Thursday.
Guitarists Tab Benoit and Colin Lake team up at Rock ‘n’ Bowl on Friday.
Also on Friday, Tipitina’s hosts “A Night of Real New Orleans Rhythm & Blues” with Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters and Little Freddie King.
European jazz pianist Amina Figarova leads her sextet for two sets at Snug Harbor on Friday.
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. inside Loyola University’s Roussel Hall, jazz pianist and professor Sandy Hinderlie plays a free show with renowned vibraphonist Tom van der Geld, who was born in Boston but is now based in Germany, thanks to a thriving career overseas. On Sunday, Hinderlie and van der Geld team up again at Snug Harbor for two sets; tickets are $15.
Funk Monkey hits Tipitina’s on Saturday with special guests George Porter Jr. and Alvin Ford Jr.
Drummer Shannon Powell powers his Treme Allstars at Snug Harbor on Saturday.
Powerhouse vocalist Erica Falls stages a tribute to Carole King at Chickie Wah Wah on Saturday.
Guitarist Dave Mason, who co-founded the band Traffic and has backed just about every British rock legend, brings his Traffic Jam Tour to the House of Blues on Wednesday.