New Orleans now seems firmly established as a destination for arena tours, not just a second-tier stop between Houston and Atlanta. As such, local fans have many more options for how to blow their concert budget.

Based on the initial outlook, 2019 is shaping up to be another big year. The Smoothie King Center, the region’s busiest concert venue, has already announced 13 shows, with more to come.

Here’s a preview of the major concerts and festivals to look forward to in 2019.

Justin Timberlake

Jan. 15, Smoothie King Center

JT’s latest album, “The Man of the Woods,” was something of a departure. Hopefully his upcoming show is as skillfully executed, and fun, as past appearances.

S.O.S. Band, Lakeside, Con Funk Shun

Jan. 26, UNO Lakefront Arena

A night of straight-up old-school funk on the lakefront.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Jan. 28-29, Saenger Theatre

Blues-based singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her husband, former Allman Brothers Band slide guitar wizard Derek Trucks, spend two nights at the Saenger, where they first met years ago.

Panic! At the Disco

Feb. 9, Smoothie King Center

At this point, Panic! At the Disco qualifies as the modern rock equivalent of a classic rock band.

Alabama

Feb. 15, Smoothie King Center

The country band, which scored dozens of hits in the 1970s and ’80s, is back in the saddle for a 50th anniversary tour.

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The Foo Fighters.

Foo Fighters

Feb. 15-16, The Fillmore New Orleans

The new 2,200-capacity venue on the second level of Harrah’s Casino downtown throws itself a grand opening party featuring two sold-out nights of the Foo Fighters, with help from Trombone Shorty on Feb. 15 and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Feb. 16.

Fleetwood Mac

Feb. 16, Smoothie King Center

Like the Eagles, Journey, Queen and Kiss, Fleetwood Mac has pressed on despite the absence of key members. Longtime Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham’s bandmates fired him and replaced him with Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Crowded House singer/guitarist Neil Finn.

Duran Duran

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Duran Duran

Feb. 19-20, The Fillmore New Orleans

The Fillmore’s huge opening week continues with two nights of the ever-stylish Duran Duran.

KISS

Feb. 22, Smoothie King Center

The first KISS farewell tour in the mid-1990s didn’t really take — though, truth be told, that was the farewell for the (temporarily) reunited original four members — so Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and latter-day fill-ins Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are saying goodbye for real this time. Really. Probably.

Zac Brown Band

March 9, Smoothie King Center

When he’s not peddling his line of custom knives, the bearded, intense Zac Brown revs up contemporary country jams that owe a debt to Jimmy Buffett.

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The Zac Brown Band includes veteran percussionist Daniel de los Reyes, upper left, and Zac Brown, third from left.

Avett Brothers

March 15-16, The Fillmore New Orleans

The contemporary bluegrass/rock band rolls into the Fillmore for two sold-out shows.

Pink

March 17, Smoothie King Center

Since becoming an arena headliner more than a decade ago, ever-colorful pop star Pink has somehow managed to avoid New Orleans. She’ll finally rectify that oversight on the third leg of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour.

Buku Music + Art Project

March 22-23, Mardi Gras World

The festival's lineup is, as usual, heavy on underground hip-hop and electronic dance music DJs. Topping the bill are Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize), Excision, Kevin Gates, GRiZ, RL Grime and New Orleans’ own $UICIDEBOY$.

French Quarter Festival

April 11-14, French Quarter

The massive free festival takes over much of the Quarter and riverfront with hundreds of mostly local musicians.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 25-May 5, Fair Grounds

The roster for the 50th anniversary Jazz Fest, which expanded to eight days at the Fair Grounds, will be revealed in January. But if only some of the rumors are true, expect a blockbuster schedule, especially on the second Thursday, May 2.

New Kids on the Block

May 11, Smoothie King Center

All grown up now, the revived boy band’s aptly named Mixtape Tour also features fellow ’80s hitmakers Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty By Nature.

Paul McCartney

May 23, Smoothie King Center

The ageless Sir Paul and his able band will showcase his Beatles back catalog and solo albums in a mass singalong.

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Ariana Grande performs at Wango Tango at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on June 2, 2018. 

Ariana Grande

May 25, Smoothie King Center

The pop diva will bring “The Sweetener World Tour” to New Orleans and will feature songs from her fourth album, of which the tour is named after, and her to-be-released fifth album, “Thank U, Next.”

Weird Al Yankovic

June 13, Saenger Theatre

Everybody’s favorite pop music prankster lovingly puts his twist on popular songs from across the musical spectrum.

Twenty One Pilots

June 19, Smoothie King Center

In March 2017, the innovative duo electrified a sold-out Smoothie King Center with a hybrid of live and prerecorded music boosted by a smart, contemporary visual presentation, unflagging enthusiasm, and obvious respect for the audience. They return as part of the Bandito Tour.

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Twenty One Pilots performs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Thursday March 2, 2017.

Essence Festival

July 4-7, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Coming off one of the biggest years in its history, the Essence Festival returns to the Superdome for three nights of concerts and to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for several days of seminars and fan activities.

Queen + Adam Lambert

Aug. 20, Smoothie King Center

With the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” once again reminding everyone how awesome Queen was, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor will once again hit the road with “American Idol” alumnus Adam Lambert filling in for the late, irreplaceable Freddie Mercury.

Backstreet Boys

Aug. 30, Smoothie King Center

Three months after New Kids on the Block, fellow boy band survivors the Backstreet Boys bring their DNA World Tour to town.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Oct. 25-27, City Park Festival Grounds

With Halloween falling on a Thursday in 2019, Voodoo Fest producers opted to schedule the 21st edition of the festival on the previous weekend. You’ll likely still see lots of costumes along with Voodoo’s mix of familiar and cutting-edge rock, rap and electronic dance music.


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