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Guide to Live Music in New Orleans in August

Kettle Black (Photo: Katie Sikora)

It may be the “slow” season in New Orleans, but we all know there is no slowing us down, especially when it comes to our love for music. While we start off the month with a tribute to another music legend who has passed, the rest of our roundup shows just a sliver of the amount of excellent music you can catch this August. Shows like The Essentials at Gasa Gasa and Kettle Black at d.b.a. are calling your name, so why not celebrate life the way a true New Orleanian would—by dancing and singing well into the night.

August 2: A Tribute to Art Neville by Kris Royal & Dark Matter at Maple Leaf Bar at 11 p.m.

Join Khris Royal and Dark Matter for a special tribute to the late great Art “Poppa Funk” Neville at Maple Leaf with special guests Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown and Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph.

Midriff (Photo: Katie Sikora)

August 10: Midriff at One Eyed Jacks at 10 p.m.

Midriff pulls together many different genres of music at once in order to create a cohesive and meaningful combination of psychedelic, folk, and surf rock within the larger context of indie rock.

August 16: Low End Theory Players at Tipitina’s at 10 p.m.

Low End Theory Players is a Hip-Hop tribute band featuring Derrick Smoker, Matt Peoples, Drew Meez, Khris Royal, Jermaine Quiz, James Martin, and likely many more guests throughout the night. This group only plays but a few times a year and when they do, they bring the house down. Whether they’re covering A Tribe Called Quest or Outkast, you will feel like it’s the real thing.

August 17: BrasiNola at Maple Leaf Bar at 11 p.m.

BrasiNola is the brainchild of musicians Ron Johnson, Danny Abel, and Eduardo Tozzatto. It all started with an idea to create a new concept on the New Orleans music scene: a band that brings the rhythms and danceability of Brazilian 70s samba into the mix with the funky sounds familiar to the Crescent City. The results have garnered a fresh vibe for NOLA that remains true to the legends of the city, such as Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Willie Tee, and The Meters while bridging the music with the legends of Brazil: Djavan, João Bosco, Gilberto Gil, and many, many more.

DJ RQ Away (Photo: Katie Sikora)

DJ RQ Away at Tipitina’s at 11 p.m.

DJ RQ Away is a New Orleans native and spent much of his time growing up tuned into local radio and television stations that played music. Early on, RQ Away found love with artists of genres spanning House, New Wave, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Funk, Disco, Gospel, Reggae, Jazz, Rock, Bounce, and Europop. Having just made a decade in the craft, his love for so many sounds continues to influence his unique DJing vibe and has cemented his name as a leader on the New Orleans DJ scene.

The Essentials (Photo: Katie Sikora)

August 24: The Essentials at Gasa Gasa at 9 p.m.

The Essentials are New Orleans premier soul cover band performing classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. An idea that began in the minds of Luke Hudleston and Thomas Haulard in the summer of 2010 has grown into a ten-piece super group consisting of many local musicians you are sure to recognize.

August 25: Andrew Duhon at One Eyed Jacks at 9 p.m.

If the singer/songwriter aesthetic is your thing, you will not want to skip this set. Andrew Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans, a storyteller with an undeniable voice that is weighted and soulful. Duhon, an usher of modern day folklore, has toured solo for much of his career, and that troubadour element is present in his performances.

Kettle Black (Photo: Katie Sikora)

August 25: Keith Burnstein & Kettle Black at d.b.a. at 10 p.m.

Kettle Black is a double percussion discussion that fans out the African and Cuban influences found in New Orleans music to create an entirely new pocket for the music. The group features Luke Quaranta from Toubab Krewe on percussion, Raja Kassis from Antibalas on guitar, and master drummer Michael Skinkus, who has worked extensively with the late Dr. John and The Radiators.

August 28: Aaron Benjamin at Maple Leaf Bar at 10 p.m.

Aaron Benjamin channels a sound calling on classic vinyl’s golden age. Powered by overdriven guitar riffs, tinged with the intricacies of an acoustic singer-songwriter, and fueled by the raw force of New Orleans brass, Aaron Benjamin is a new voice in rock ‘n’ roll. Backed by a seven-piece band, Aaron Benjamin has performed on renowned stages throughout New Orleans, the United States, and Europe.

Katie Sikora graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Visual Journalism and worked as Photo Editor at The Peninsula Pulse in Door County, Wis., Media Strategist for Levy Restaurants in Chicago, Ill., and an Archivist at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La. before pursuing her namesake photography business shooting everything from shark tagging research to vodou ceremonies and—you guessed it—weddings! Her photographs have been published by The Chicago Sun-Times, Gambit, The Times-Picayune, RedEye Chicago, The New Orleans Advocate, Houseshow Magazine, Antigravity Magazine, In The Bite Magazine, Thrillist, CBS Chicago, NBC Chicago, and the World Wildlife Fund amongst others. She is the creator and director of The Sexism Project, an ongoing portrait and interview series featuring the stories of real women in real industries experiencing real sexism.

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