The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a contemporary country hitmaker and an '80s arena rock band that is still going strong.


8 p.m. Friday, New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.), $30-$40 in advance only

Creativity runs in the family of actress and jazz vocalist Zardis Nichols. She is the grand-niece of acclaimed New Orleans jazz bassist Chester Zardis and the husband of actor Lance Nichols. Though she’s sung since childhood — and eventually found her musical “home” in jazz — she just made her formal debut in fall 2016 at the New Orleans Jazz Market, in a show called “Outta My Mind,” featuring songs by Sarah Vaughn, Horace Silver and Carmen McRae. On Friday, she’ll return to that stage with a tribute to the legendary Nina Simone. She’ll be backed by a first-rate band that includes pianist Dwight Fitch Jr., bassist David Pulphus, percussionist Alexey Marti and special guest Craig Holiday Haynes on drums. Advance tickets are available via

Bon Jovi

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Smoothie King Center, $26.50 and up

The arena rock hitmaking machine known as Bon Jovi plugged in at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2009 and 2011. But the band hasn’t headlined an arena in New Orleans since July 23, 1989, when the “New Jersey” tour stopped at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. That indoor concert drought finally ends Sunday at the Smoothie King Center. In addition to vocalist and founder Jon Bon Jovi, the current incarnation features longtime keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres and bassist Hugh McDonald. Phil "X" Xenidis now occupies the lead guitar role once held by Richie Sambora. In conjunction with the current tour, Bon Jovi released a new version of its 2017 album "This House is Not For Sale,” featuring two new songs. Even bigger news for fans: In April, Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. The band was the overwhelming favorite of the fan portion of this year's vote.

Zion Harmonizers 79th anniversary celebration

3 p.m. Sunday, Little Zion Baptist Church (4821 Earhart Blvd.), free.

The Zion Harmonizers first lifted their voices in praise in 1939. Though the names of the singers have changed, the mission and message, as well as some of the songs, remain the same. The current incarnation of the Harmonizers is led by Brazella Briscoe, who assumed leadership after the passing of longtime patriarch Sherman Washington. In 2014, the Harmonizers released "Bringing in the Sheaves," their first album in more than 15 years. It features the group's signature four-part harmonies and actual, rather than synthesized, horns on a program of mostly traditional gospel and church songs. On Sunday afternoon, the Harmonizers mark their 79th anniversary at Little Zion Baptist Church. Several gospel acts from around the region are slated to perform, including the Rocks of Harmony, the Mighty Supremes, the New Voices of Light, the Smooth Family, the Gospel Inspirations, the Jackson Travelers, Cordell Chambliss and Dr. Herekiah Brinson Jr.

Justin Moore

7:30 p.m. Sunday, UNO Lakefront Arena, $27-$48

Staring out from under the brim of his white cowboy hat, Justin Moore stands at the vanguard of a new generation of male country singers, a little bit classic and a little bit contemporary. The Arkansas native’s fourth studio album, “Kinda Don’t Care,” was his third consecutive No. 1, following a string of hit singles that included “You Look Like I Need a Drink” — the accompanying video indicates Moore's sense of humor is very much intact — “Somebody Else Will,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “Point At You,” “Small Town U.S.A.,” “Til My Last Day” and “Lettin’ the Night Roll.” After touring as an opening act for the likes of Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, he’s now a headliner. He was originally scheduled to perform at the Lakefront Arena in October, but the show was postponed until Sunday.



Hear Canadian soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett & Maqueque at Snug Harbor.

The Soul Brass Band plays a 10 p.m. set at d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street.


The 20th Bach Around the Clock all-night marathon serves up more than 24 hours of continuous music at Trinity Episcopal Church, starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

Meters bassist George Porter Jr. & His Runnin’ Pardners hit d.b.a. at 10 p.m.

Gravity A and The Quickening team up at Tipitina’s.


At Snug Harbor, vibraphonist Jason Marsalis and his 21st Century Trad Band celebrate their new Basin Street Records release “Melody Reimagined: book 1,” on which they create new songs using harmonies and chord changes from jazz standards. Tickets are $30.

The Pine Leaf Boys share a bill with the Daiquiri Queens at Tipitina’s.

Cyril Neville & Swamp Funk team up with The Fuel for an 11 p.m. show at d.b.a.


Jazz singer Cindy Scott leads a quartet at Snug Harbor.


Sousaphonist Matt Perrine anchors a trio that includes his wife, vocalist Debbie Davis, at Snug Harbor.


Broken Social Scene brings the tour in support its “Hug of Thunder” album to the Joy Theater.

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