House of Blues
225 Decatur St.
Earlier this year, country radio station WNOE pulled off a coup by bringing Keith Urban to the House of Blues’ Parish as part of an effort to grow New Orleans as a country market. This fall, a number of contemporary country artists on the rise have been playing in New Orleans, and at the station’s “Christmas Jam” Friday night, they present Montgomery Gentry. The duo recently returned to the charts with the single “Headlights,” which is more of the party rock country that they are known for.
UNO Lakefront Arena
6801 Franklin Ave.
Baton Rouge rapper Lil’ Boosie returned to the spotlight when he was released from prison earlier this year. Just before Halloween, he released a new mixtape, “Life After Deathrow” — which he wasn’t on, since he was incarcerated on drug charges. He’ll headline a night of R&B and hip-hop with K. Michelle, Jeremih, Khloe Kardashian’s significant other (much of the time) French Montana, and Bobby Shmurda.
Smoothie King Center
1501 Dave Dixon Drive
Trans-Siberian Orchestra isn’t solely a Christmas music entity, but it’s best known for marrying classic rock and classical music for those who need holiday music with a little sonic heft. In concert, every song threatens to become Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” and the show decks the halls with pyro, raining sparks and elaborate light grids over guitarists and string sections that shred.