With the significant exception of Roger Waters at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, very few touring acts will pass through town this week; welcome to summer. But as usual, local favorites abound in the clubs.
Davy Mooney Farewell Quartet
8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St.), $15.
As a fluent, fluid modern jazz guitarist, Davy Mooney honed his style in both his native New Orleans and New York, where he lived for several years after Hurricane Katrina. Since returning, he’s released a CD titled “Hope of Home” that features such heavyweights as Brian Blade and Jon Cowherd. He also taught at two of his alma maters, the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, even while touring with his own group and backing singer Linnzi Zaorski and others. Mooney has dubbed his band for his Thursday shows at Snug Harbor the Farewell Quartet, as he’ll soon be leaving New Orleans once again. He’s been hired as an assistant professor at the University of North Texas, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He’ll take over stewardship of the school’s jazz guitar department from his former teacher, who is retiring.
John “Papa” Gros Band
8 p.m. Thursday, Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.)
John “Papa” Gros is a bedrock New Orleans artist, a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who draws on funk, rhythm & blues and Americana songcraft; he also knows his way around the Mardi Gras music repertoire about as well as anyone. For more than a decade, he anchored the deep-grooved Papa Grows Funk. More recently, he’s tickled the ivories for the Radiators-derived Raw Oyster Cult and led his own self-titled band. That band, consisting of Gros, Chris Adkins on guitar, Austin Clements on bass and Russ Broussard on drums, established a Thursday night residency at Chickie Wah Wah before spending all of June on the road. They’re back now, planning to play 8 p.m. sets at Chickie Wah Wah tonight and every Thursday in July and August except July 13 and Aug. 3.
Glen David Andrews
10 p.m. Friday, d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen St.), $10
11 a.m. Sunday, Little Gem Saloon (445. S. Rampart St.), $49 for brunch buffet and show
Glen David Andrews draws on brass band music, jazz, rhythm & blues and gospel to distill an uptempo brand of New Orleans music all his own. The trombonist and singer hails from an extended family of musicians, and literally grew up playing music on the streets. His most recent album, “Redemption,” cast his successful struggle against substance abuse in the rapture of a gospel sermon. This week, Andrews works both sides of the revelry/redemption dichotomy. He’ll perform Friday night at d.b.a., in the heart of the rollicking Frenchmen Street entertainment district. On Sunday morning, he’ll hold court at the Little Gem Saloon for a gospel brunch; the $49 ticket price includes a buffet.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles
11 p.m. Saturday, Maple Leaf (8316 Oak St.), $10
Monk Boudreaux is one of the living legends of New Orleans music. He has for decades led the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe. He is a much-beloved elder statesman of the tradition, able to make age-old traditional chants sound vital and alive. He and the late Bo Dollis fronted the Wild Magnolias band, the band that synthesized Mardi Gras Indian music with electric funk. With his own Golden Eagles ensemble, he favors a heavily percussive style that translates just fine outside of the Carnival season.
9 p.m. Tuesday, Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen St.)
Taking inspiration from New Orleans funk as well as the cosmic R&B of Earth Wind & Fire, local drummer and Xavier University music program graduate Lou Hill founded Water Seed. The band found its footing after Hurricane Katrina forced Hill to Atlanta, where he teamed up with a fellow New Orleanian, keyboardist J Sharp. Three years ago, after receiving an invitation to perform at the Essence Festival, Water Seed moved its base of operations back to New Orleans. The core musicians, including Hill, Sharp, Shaleyah, flautist Cinese and singer Berkley the Artist, released their fifth album overall, “We Are Stars,” this spring. On it, the band moves further away from the “quasi-soul” of early releases toward sleek, straight-up funk. Water Seed plans to spend much of the summer and fall on the road, but will sneak in a mid-week hometown show on Tuesday.
Other noteworthy shows this week:
The New Orleans Suspects and blues-based guitarist John Mooney team up for the weekly Foundation Free Fridays show at Tipitina’s; admission is free.
The House of Blues hosts Freedom, a tribute to George Michael and Wham.
Powerhouse R&B singer Erica Falls lights up the Maple Leaf.
DJ Soul Sister stages a “Soulful Takeover” of One Eyed Jacks.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers play contemporary Cajun music at Chickie Wah Wah.
Jeff McCarty celebrates his new CD at Rock ‘N’ Bowl with a band that includes Tab Benoit on drums.
Dive into Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk at Tipitina’s.
Veteran New Orleans guitarist Cranston Clements celebrates his birthday at Chickie Wah Wah.