Fall has come and summer has gone since the last time we talked. Autumn can mean many things in New Orleans: new festivals, new restaurants, and plenty of things to do. For those of us working in the music industry, we find ourselves jam-packed with show after show during our busiest season of the year and often find ourselves overwhelmed with sets. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a roundup of shows so you won’t have to miss anything. Here’s our guide to live music in New Orleans this October.
October 1: Royal Roses at The Maison at 7 p.m
Bandleader Aurora Nealand gave life to the Royal Roses after witnessing a resurgence in traditional jazz in younger generations of musicians. After eight years of playing together, the Royal Roses still draw education and inspiration from the greats like Sidney Bechet and Django Reinhart amongst others while working to breathe new energy into the genre.
After emerging onto the forefront of international jazz, Guerin’s new band and musical project integrates American folk melodies, blues, zydeco, African rhythms, and rock brought together through orchestral arrangements that create an entirely unique experience.
October 5: Paper Bison at the Howlin’ Wolf at 9 p.m.
Paper Bison is moving further away from the classic, wavy indie pop of their previous releases with their most recent EP, “Oscillate,” to bring their listeners thicker guitar arrangements and more dissonant sounds that make the familiar music of Paper Bison become something entirely unorthodox.
October 7: Deltaphonic at d.b.a. at 10 p.m.
Deltaphonic is a New Orleans duo that blends fingerpicking blues, funk, and roots rock into a surprisingly big sound. Propelled by the frenetic performances and memorable songwriting of band leader Andrew T. Weekes and drummer Ciaran Brennan, Deltaphonic consistently features a variety of notable guest musicians with Weekes being the only member present at every show. The band is currently working on a third album set for release in 2019.
October 8: Michot’s Melody Makers at d.b.a. at 10 p.m.
This trio, composed of Louis Michot, Bryan Webre, and Kirkland Middleton of Grammy Award-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers bring their repertoire of French-Louisiana fiddle tunes to Frenchmen Street.
October 10: Maggie Belle Band at the Three Keys at 9 p.m.
Maggie Belle Band has a sound that blends soul, R&B, funk, and blues with Maggie’s highly distinctive voice and heartfelt lyrics that captures the audience’s attention. Following up on their debut EP ”Runnin’ Out,” the band has begun writing new material for a full-length album to be released later this year. The live show features a seven-piece band presenting a mix of the band’s brand new and older material, as well as a few funky and soulful covers that showcase Belle’s unique and powerful voice.
October 12: Noah Young Band at The Maple Leaf at 10 p.m.
Started from the genius of a recording session, the original trio played around town for about a year before they began adding their own music to their setlists. Now a five to six-piece group, the Noah Young Band still has a hard time fully describing their music but say that they are rooted majorly in jazz and funk while sticking to what’s important to them – music that is original, different, and challenging.
October 13: The Grid at The Maple Leaf at 7:30 p.m.
Though New Orleans is known for its jazz, hip-hop, rap, and modern funk are the name of the game when it comes to The Grid. Catch this unique show at the Maple Leaf on Oct. 13.
October 14: Robin Barnes and The Fiyabirds // Pat Casey and The New Sound at the Spotted Cat at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
With a voice that is as powerful with a whisper as it is with a bellow, contemporary New Orleans jazz singer Robin Barnes is here to stun audiences. Robin grew up surrounded by jazz sounds, as made evident by a #5 debut on the Traditional Jazz Albums Billboard charts in 2016, but her current sound, Robin Barnes & the Fiya Birds, is more Chaka Khan meets Ella Fitzgerald. Stick around for Pat Casey and The New Sound, an energetic and exhilarating group fusing both classic and modern jazz with Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and funk. The group plays original material as well as inspired arrangements of quintessential classics.
October 17: Jesse Morrow Trio at Bacchanal at 7:30 p.m.
The Jesse Morrow Trio will perform carefully crafted original compositions with seemingly telepathic precision as they explore a wide spectrum of grooves and singing melodies lead by outstanding bassist Jesse Morrow.
October 18: Soul Rebels at Les Bon Temps Roule at 11 p.m.
The Soul Rebels began after an idea to expand upon both the pop music they loved on the radio as well as the New Orleans traditional brass they grew up on. They continue to chart new territory in feature films, global tours, and unparalleled musicianship that celebrates life, funk, and soul.
The Low End Theory Players, New Orleans’ prolific A Tribe Called Quest tribute band, present their latest creation, From Herc to Twerk: A History of Hip-Hop.
October 25: SMILE Series with Nyce! and Miss Mojo at the Three Keys at 9 p.m.
Nyce! presents their monthly concert series featuring local musicians and artists that’ll leave you grinning from ear to ear. Nyce! has evolved from a well-established busking acoustic duo on the streets of New Orleans to a singer-songwriter band, most often seen performing as a violin, upright bass, guitar, drums, and of course their powerful vocals. They sometimes add horns and/or strings to their ensemble, but whatever the instrumentation, Nyce! always has an eclectic and experimental yet refined and consistently groovy sound. This month features both Nyce! and Miss Mojo.
October 26: Flow Tribe at The Maple Leaf at 11 p.m.
Seasoned New Orleans musicians in their own right, Flow Tribe brings with their “spine-cracking” music back to The Maple Leaf for a Halloween bash.
Lost Bayou Ramblers was formed in 1999 by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, performing the roots Cajun music they learned as members of Les Frères Michot, the family band their father and uncles formed in the 80’s. The brothers quickly began playing clubs and festivals around Louisiana, taking the traditional music they were raised with to new levels of rhythmic energy and spontaneity, eventually leading to the release of their Grammy Award-winning album, Kalenda.
October 29: Helen Gillet at Bacchanal at 7:30 p.m.
Gillet is a Belgian cellist, improviser, composer, and singer who has graced New Orleans since moving here. The last time I walked into her show, there was a man walking out with a giant smile on his face, shaking his head and saying “What did I just watch?”
October 31: Big Easy Brawlers at The Maison at 9:30 p.m.
Ashton Hines & Big Easy Brawlers masterfully blend New Orleans brass band with funk, soul, hip hop, and footwork. The band’s sound is continuously evolving as they keep up with the changing pop music landscape. What makes the band unique is the complexity of musical changes with the solid principle: have fun. You may see anything from crowd surfing to motivational speaking at their shows but you won’t stop dancing and partying all night long.