The musical options for this week include a rare appearance by a local all-star band, a collaboration between two blues veterans and a hometown show by two of the city's resident rock stars.
The Magnificent Seven
10 p.m. Friday, Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave.), $20
Using “magnificent” in your band name requires a significant amount of either chutzpah or talent. The Magnificent Seven certainly deliver the talent, as they are a New Orleans music all-star band in the truest sense. The Seven are guitarist/vocalist Dave Malone, of The Radiators; his brother and fellow guitarist/vocalist Tommy Malone, of The Subdudes; keyboardist John “Papa” Gros, of Papa Grows Funk; trombonist Mark Mullins, of Bonerama; bassist Robert Mercurio, of Galactic; drummer Raymond Weber, of Dumpstaphunk; and percussionist Michael Skinkus, of Los Po-boy-citos. Given their other commitments, the musicians’ individual schedules rarely free up all seven at the same time. Their previously scheduled gig at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was rained out; it took more than four months to coordinate this makeup date at Tipitina’s. They’ll play songs from the catalogs of their other bands, as well as covers that suit their collective mindset.
9 p.m. Friday, Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.), tickets at the door
A Mississippi native, Lynn Drury has carved out a place for herself within the New Orleans music community as an Americana singer-songwriter drawing on country, folk and local rhythms and grooves. Her new, eighth album is “Rise of the Fall.” On it, she and bandleader Rene Coman, bassist of the Iguanas, craft a dozen songs marked by her burnished voice and intimate arrangements. She has described the songs as “world-weary but optimistic, as well.” Drury and her band celebrate “Rise of the Fall” at Chickie Wah Wah on Friday.
TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’Mo' Band
8 p.m. Sunday, Orpheum Theater, $38.50-$69.50
Taj Mahal and Keb’Mo are cut from the same blues cloth, with the former serving as a major influence on the latter. Both invest their style of blues with ample soul and a sense of fun. A collaboration between the two, given their stylistic similarities, was perhaps inevitable. In May, they released a duo album via Concord Records as TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’Mo Band. With cameos from the likes of Bonnie Raitt — who sings a cover of John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” — and Joe Walsh, they strum and sing together, finding plenty of common ground. In the midst of an extensive tour, the duo and their backing band stop at the Orpheum Theater this weekend. Black Pacific opens the show.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, UNO Lakefront Arena, $19 and up
Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, the husband-and-wife duo that fronts indie rock darlings Arcade Fire, have called New Orleans home for the past three or so years. They recorded much of their recent album, “Everything Now,” at their home studio Uptown. On the “Everything Now” title track and elsewhere, they incorporate disco beats and synthesizers in songs that are not afraid to be what they are. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Arcade Fire recently headlined Madison Square Garden in New York with a stage set at the middle of the arena floor like a boxing ring. The "Infinite Content" tour stops in New Orleans for what is essentially a hometown show on Tuesday. Plenty of tickets remain, including discounted tickets for students starting at two tickets for $40 plus fees. Wolf Parade opens.
Other noteworthy shows:
Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny, a protégé of the legendary Art Farmer, performs at Snug Harbor with his band.
Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony harmonize at Snug Harbor on jazz, blues and gospel standards.
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers share a bill with blues-based guitarist John Mooney & Bluesiana at Rock ’N’ Bowl.
Guitarist Alvin “Youngblood” Hart is at Tipitina’s with Blue Water Highway.
Keyboardist and singer John “Papa” Gros leads his solo band at Chickie Wah Wah, showcasing songs from his albums “River’s on Fire” and “Days End,” along with Papa Grows Funk and New Orleans classics.
Rapper Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj’s ex, takes time out from his various feuds to perform at the Saenger Theatre.
Traditional jazz clarinetist Dr. Michael White holds court at Snug Harbor with his Original Liberty Jazz Band.
Harmonica player Johnny Sansone and guitarist John Fohl team up at Snug Harbor.
Rapper Yelawolf hits up Tipitina’s.
Hear Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mac DeMarco at the Orpheum Theater.
Legendary Jamaican ska band the Skatalites grooves at Tipitina’s with Jamaican Me Breakfast Club.