The options for live music in New Orleans this week include a hurricane-postponed celebration for a brassy band's new album, a renowned jazz vocalist, a prominent folk singer and a couple of infamous rappers.


9 p.m. Saturday, Tipitina’s, $15 advance, $17 day of show

“Hot Like Fire,” the seventh release from trombone-powered New Orleans funk-rock band Bonerama, is the only album in history to feature brassy covers of both Allen Toussaint’s “Basic Lady” and modern rock band Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android.” It is also the first Bonerama album to be released through Basin Street Records. Bonerama was initially scheduled to celebrate “Hot Like Fire” at Tipitina’s on Oct. 7. But the threat of Hurricane Nate that weekend caused the city to impose what many perceived as a premature curfew. The curfew was lifted that night after it became clear the storm wouldn’t hit the city, but the plug had already been pulled on dozens of shows, including Bonerama’s. The forecast for the rescheduled CD release party this Saturday is hurricane-free. Tickets purchased for the original show will be honored. Darcy Malone & the Tangle open.

Rene Marie

8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Snug Harbor, $30

Rene Marie didn’t launch her professional career as a jazz singer until she was in her 40s and had left behind an abusive marriage. The Virginia native has made up for lost time with a series of acclaimed albums that intermingle jazz vocals in the tradition of Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald with R&B, folk, country and classical influences. She’s also starred in her own one-woman stage show and presided over a series of vocal therapy group sessions, endeavors informed by her own tribulations and triumphs, just as her music is. Her most recent album is 2016’s “Sound of Red,” her first-ever collection of all-original material. Marie makes a rare appearance in New Orleans for two shows Saturday at Snug Harbor.

Ani DiFranco

8 p.m. Sunday, House of Blues, $27.50

When she’s not driving her daughter to school just like any other New Orleans mom, Ani DiFranco is a fiercely independent and outspoken singer-songwriter. She released her 12th studio album, “Binary,” in June via her indie label Righteous Babe Records. It was recorded in her adopted hometown with upright bassist Todd Sickafoose and several local musicians, including drummer Terence Higgins — a regular member of DiFranco’s band since 2012 — keyboardist Ivan Neville and trombonist Mark Mullins. Other guests include funk sax legend Maceo Parker and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Higgins and Neville will be in the band for DiFranco's hometown show Sunday at the House of Blues.

21 Savage

9 p.m. Tuesday, Joy Theater, $42.50-$150

Born on the Caribbean island of Domenica, gravel-voiced rapper 21 Savage grew up in the Atlanta area. He found, and instigated, considerable trouble at a young age. A series of mixtapes eventually provided an alternative path to a life of crime. The move has paid off big-time. He makes a featured cameo on Post Malone’s recent No. 1 single “Rockstar,” and 21 Savage’s own “Issa Album,” released this summer via Epic Records, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart thanks in part to the hit single “Bank Account.” Indicative of his newfound cachet, a full-page spread in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine details his fashion sense (he is quite fond of red Adidas jogging pants). 21 Savage brings his Numb the Pain Tour to the Joy Theater on Tuesday. Youngboy Never Broke Again is also on the bill.

Other noteworthy shows


Drummer Adonis Rose leads the NOJO Jam, featuring members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, at Snug Harbor.


Traditional jazz clarinetist Dr. Michael White fronts the Original Liberty Jazz Band at Snug Harbor for two sets.

The Lost Bayou Ramblers and the Mike Dillon Band team up at One Eyed Jacks.

Bassist Tony Hall, keyboardist John “Papa” Gros, drummer Raymond Weber, saxophonist Khris Royal and guitarist Andrew Block team up as an all-star funk band at the Maple Leaf.


Rapper DMX headlines the House of Blues, on a bill with the Soul Rebels brass band and LouMuzik & Friends.

Classic New Orleans swamp pop/rhythm & blues band the Creole String Beans pulls into Chickie Wah Wah with roots rock band Thousand $ Car.

Troyboi is at the Joy Theater.

Ever-excitable Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters fire up at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.


Catch jazz trumpeter Andrew Baham & 4AM at Snug Harbor.


Rapper Tyler, the Creator plays a sold-out show at the Joy Theater.


Guitarist Chris Mulé & the Perpetrators plug in for a Thanksgiving eve show at Tipitina’s.

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at Snug Harbor.

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