Notable shows for the upcoming week of live music in New Orleans:
9 p.m. Friday
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $27 day of show.
Todd Rundgren’s 40-plus years in popular music amounts to a long series of artistic experiments and explorations — in songwriting, sound engineering and, at times, psychedelics. His own hits include “I Saw the Light,” “Hello It’s Me” and “Bang the Drum All Day.” As a producer or engineer, he worked on albums by the likes of Meat Loaf, Badfinger and Grank Funk Railroad. He’s toured with progressive rock projects and even a version of ’80s band the Cars. At Tipitina’s, he’ll be backed by John Ferenzik, Jesse Gress, Prairie Prince and Kasim Sulton.
Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road in Harvey
Charles Kelley made a name for himself in Nashville as a founding member of contemporary country hitmakers Lady Antebellum. In February, Kelley releases his first solo album, “The Driver.” This weekend, he headlines WNOE-FM’s “Acoustic Concert for the Kids,” a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The bill also includes Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin and Ryan Kinder.
9 p.m. Saturday
Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave.
The Nobles were a New Orleans institution. From 1959 to 2012, they entertained generations of locals at thousands of social events with an ever-evolving repertoire of popular songs — fresh hits plus classics from the Motown and New Orleans canons. More than 70 musicians passed through the ranks over the decades, wearing whatever was the matching stage attire at the time. In 2012, the Nobles filled Rock ‘n’ Bowl to capacity for a farewell show. Turns out, they weren’t quite ready to say goodbye. They reunited once in early 2015, and will again come together on Saturday at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. This weekend’s reunion is also a tribute to the Nobles’ road manager, Dean D’Arcangelo, who died last summer, and Allen Toussaint, whose songs the Nobles have played for years. Proceeds from a silent auction benefit New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, the charitable organization Toussaint co-founded 30 years ago.
8 p.m. Tuesday
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Who can it be now? Colin Hay often sang that question as the lead vocalist of ’80s hitmakers Men At Work. He and his Australian bandmates also introduced Vegemite — a tar-like sandwich spread inexplicably popular in a certain former British penal colony — to MTV audiences via “Down Under.” Their run of hits, which also included “Overkill” and “Be Good Johnny,” eventually tapered off. But Hay, a native of Scotland who found fame in Australia and now resides in Los Angeles, has never stopped working as a musician. He’s released a dozen post-Men At Work solo albums that feature his distinct tenor; the latest is “Next Year People.” He’ll play songs old and new at the House of Blues. Heather Maloney is also on the bill.