Jazz in Armstrong Park

The 2013 spring season of Jazz in the Park, eight weekly shows at Louis Armstrong Park, kicks off at 3 p.m. Thursday, with New Skool Brass Band, James Andrews and Flow Tribe. Nearby is the weekly farmers market. Afterward, a second line leads the way to the Candlelight Lounge, 925 N. Robertson St., for the sponsoring People United for Armstrong Park’s inaugural Treme Night. Concert is free, gala $5. Visit www.armstrongpark.org for information.

‘Sordid Lives’

Playwright Del Shores’ outrageous, adults-only “black comedy about white trash” puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and “coming out” in a Texas family as it converges for the matriarch’s funeral. Fridays and Saturdays at Cutting Edge Theater, 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Fridays and Saturdays through April 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: (985) 649-3727.

Crawfest at Tulane

Tulane throws its annual Crawfest with 12 bands on three stages, 18,000 pounds of crawfish and 25 local food and art vendors across two quads. The public is invited and admission is free; a $10 wristband buys crawfish, soda and water. On the schedule this year: The Funky Meters, Stooges Brass Band, Main Squeeze and more. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Abita Springs Music and Art Festival

Cajun string band Buffalo Death Rattle, jazz combo Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses, honky tonkers Wasted Lives, the Smoking Time Jazz Club and Erika Lewis and Tuba Skinny perform at the annual festival at Abita Springs Town Park. Food, music, art vendors and children’s activities round out the day. From noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; free.