New Orleans music: 3 shows to watch this weekend _lowres

Photo provided by the Saenger Theatre -- David Gray


British folk-rocker David Gray has made a career of beautiful, melancholy songs with more melody and less strumming. More than 20 years into his career, he’s still finding ways to open up his songs including the tasteful use of electronics on this year’s “Mutineers.” The songs on the album are strong enough that he and his band successfully began shows on this tour by playing the album in its entirety, even though it had yet to be released.

Friday, 8 p.m.

Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St.

(504) 525-1052,


The subdudes formed in the late ’80s to play South Louisiana-influenced acoustic rock mixed with New Orleans R&B. They’ve gone through a few reunions, some with and some without original bassist Johnny Ray Allen. Sadly, Allen passed away in August, so the group will reunite — likely with musical friends — to remember and honor Allen.

Friday, 10 p.m.

Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.

(504) 895-8477,


The Bad Plus established itself as a jazz trio for our times by covering standards not by Cole Porter or Harold Arlen but Nirvana, Queen and Rush. The Bad Plus is no novelty, and its sense of musical adventure is real. The group’s ambitious too. Earlier this year, The Bad Plus released its version of Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring, scaling down the classical piece to piano, bass, drums and electronics.

Sunday, 8 p.m.

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St.

(504) 569-8361,