Highlights of the upcoming week of live music in New Orleans:
9 p.m. Friday
Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.
Tickets: At the door.
In the early 1990s, the Bluerunners broke out of southwest Louisiana with a fully amped, guitar-heavy, garage rock reboot of traditional Cajun music; think Los Lobos crossed with the Replacements, singing mostly in French. They were signed to major label Island Records and toured extensively, but eventually slowed down as members came and went. Founding guitarist, singer and songwriter Mark Meaux still leads the group’s current incarnation. They’ll make a rare visit to New Orleans on Friday, holding down the middle slot at Chickie Wah Wah between an early, 6 p.m. set by blues guitarist and singer Michael Pearce and a 10:30 p.m. show by avant-jazz percussionist and vibraphonist Mike Dillon’s band.
A Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest featuring Gravity A, Mike Dillon and more
10 p.m. Friday
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show
The five albums released in the 1990s by A Tribe Called Quest established the Queens-based crew as one of the most creative and respected in the history of hip-hop. Principal members MC/producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad went their separate ways at the end of the decade, but their classics “The Low End Theory,” “Midnight Marauders” and “Beats, Rhymes and Life” continue to inspire. To that point, a cross-section of New Orleans musicians and rappers will join forces at Tipitina’s on Friday to pay tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s legacy. Participants include the funk/jam band Gravity A, avant-jazz percussionist/keyboardist Mike Dillon, M@ Peoples, Jermaine Quiz, Mr. Smoker, Sean C and MC Koan.
Big Easy Blues Festival featuring Jeff Floyd, Sir Charles Jones and more
8 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $45-$75 plus service charges
Louisiana is well represented on the roster of the ninth annual Big Easy Blues Festival. South Louisiana’s Tucka specializes in what he calls “swing-out” music, a combination of soul and contemporary R&B with traces of hip-hop. Fellow Louisianan T.K. Soul stirred up the chitlin’ circuit with his “Love Games” album and its single “Cheating and Lying.” And as the younger brother of Baton Rouge blues guitar hero Kenny Neal, Tyree Neal was perhaps fated to follow in his brother’s footsteps. Other Southern states also are represented on the bill. Sir Charles Jones cut his musical teeth in Birmingham, Alabama. His second album, “Love Machine,” released in late 2001, established him as one of contemporary Southern soul music’s leading voices, thanks to the ballad “Is There Anybody Lonely?” For Florida’s Jeff Floyd, his breakthrough as a Southern soul star was “I Found Love (On a Lonely Highway).” Blues guitarist and singer Theodis Ealey, a Mississippi native who launched his career as the “Bluesman Lover” after years in the Air Force, topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart in 2004 with “Stand Up In It.”
Dave and Phil Alvin
9 p.m. Saturday
Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave.
Collectively, brothers Dave and Phil Alvin account for a sizable swath of Americana music history. In 1979, they co-founded the Blasters, a band that fused rockabilly, punk rock, honky-tonk and rhythm and blues into what the title of the band’s 1980 debut album identified simply as “American Music.” Dave left the Blasters in the mid-1980s to embark on a solo career of high-lonesome Americana music. In 2014, the Alvin brothers reunited to record their first album in decades, “Common Ground,” a collection of songs by bluesman Big Bill Broonzy. In 2015, the brothers released “Lost Time,” which includes a handful of songs by Big Joe Turner. Expect to hear music from those albums, and possibly some Blasters oldies, when the brothers play Rock ‘n’ Bowl. Local favorite Lynn Drury opens the show.
8 p.m. Sunday
Civic Theater, 510 O’Keefe Ave.
For 20 years, the Dropkick Murphys have personified Celtic punk, a variety of rambunctious, swaggering rock infused with the decidedly Irish flavor of bagpipes and banjo. The band formed near Boston, and maintains strong ties to the city. The Murphys anthem “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” is often played at Boston Red Sox games, and was featured in Martin Scorsese’s Boston-set Irish mob film “The Departed.” Along the way the band members have espoused a variety of pro-union, pro-working-class causes. The Dropkick Murphys headline the Civic on Sunday; Tiger Army and Darkbuster also are on the bill.
6 p.m. Sunday
Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall, 430 Lamarque St. in old Mandeville
Tickets: $25 for inside seating, $10 for outside seating
Like many jazz musicians in the early 20th century, New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones will find his way to the historic Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall in Mandeville on Sunday. Unlike those early jazz pioneers, Jones’ performance with his ensemble will be recorded for the nationally syndicated National Public Radio show “Jazz Night in America.” Broadcast on more than 185 radio stations nationwide, “Jazz Night in America” is hosted by bassist Christian McBride. Jones is the quintessential New Orleans trumpeter; his history reaches back to the historic Fairview Baptist Church band, and he continues to tour internationally and write new music. The Dew Drop broadcast of his Sunday evening show is being produced in conjunction with WWNO 89.9 FM. A limited number of tickets for inside seating are available in advance at wwno.org. Tickets for outside seating will be sold at the door; bring your own lawn chair.
8 p.m. Tuesday
Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.
Tickets: At the door.
Jon Cleary moved to New Orleans from England as a young man. He learned piano and blossomed into one of the city’s most respected keyboardists and bandleaders. He’s toured the globe as a member of Bonnie Raitt’s, Dr. John’s and John Scofield’s bands, and released acclaimed albums of his own that draw on funk, soul and R&B. On Feb. 15, he added another, wholly unexpected credit to his résumé: His 2015 release “GoGo Juice” won a Grammy Award as the best regional roots music album of the year. Cleary took a brief break from a West Coast tour with his band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, to attend the Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles; he immediately hit the road again afterward. On Tuesday at Chickie Wah Wah, he’ll play his first hometown show as the Grammy Award-winning Jon Cleary.